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Weeks 35-36

Weeks 35-36


You are now 35 weeks pregnant, which is the beginning of week 36. At this stage your baby could weigh in the vicinity of 2.6kg (2,600 grams or about 5 lbs 12 ozs) and measure about 47 cm from head to toe (or 18 1/2 inches). Your baby is now in 'normal' proportions and is quite plump! Before 36 weeks the head size of unborn babies tends to be larger than their belly size, but at around 36 weeks this equalises. From now on, their belly grows larger than their head! 

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As your baby's due date approaches, their overall growth slows down considerably! It is estimated that babies do not grow as much in length now but put on approximately 230 grams per week (or about an ounce a day). 

By 36 to 37 weeks your baby's lungs are fully mature. However, babies of diabetic mothers can have delayed lung maturity until about 38 to 40 weeks. 

With only a month or so to go, a few women will be told by their caregiver that their baby's head has engaged (but other women do not experience this until closer to their due date). Your baby's head engaging often brings with it some cramping sensations and discomfort as well as the characteristic 'waddle' of late pregnancy! You may now find you need to go to the toilet more often to pass urine and that your sleep becomes disrupted. You can read about what you can do to help this in insomnia.

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