36 weeks pregnant

During week 36 of pregnancy, your baby continues to add more fat underneath his or her skin. If you could sneak a peek at your baby this week, you would see an infant you could almost describe as plump, with a little but fully rounded face. The fullness of your baby’s face is the result of recent fat deposits and powerful sucking muscles that are fully developed and ready for action.

36 weeks pregnantYou and your body after 36 weeks

You will be able to feel the top of your uterus just below your breastbone. This can make breathing uncomfortable and you may suffer from pain in your ribcage. Your antenatal checks will be weekly from now on.

Your growing baby - Week 36

The nervous system is maturing and the baby is getting ready for birth by starting to practise breathing movements, sucking, and swallowing. It is now about 18.7 inches (47,5 cm) long and weighs around 5.8 pounds (2,6 kg).