Updated 21 November 2014

Week 36: 4 weeks to go!

Your baby has expanded to a thousand times its original size (and you might feel the same by now!).


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby has expanded to a thousand times its original size!
  • He/she measures 45 to 50 centimetres.
  • Fat is dimpling on the elbows and knees.
  • Creases form in the neck and wrists.
  • Fingernails have formed.
  • Gums are very rigid.
  • Kidneys are fully developed.
  • Liver can process some waste products.

What is happening to you:

  • You will probably have to run to the loo more often because of increased pressure on your bladder.
  • You may notice a strange feeling in your vagina whenever the baby's head moves against the pelvic floor.

What to do:

  • If you have other children, have you made adequate arrangements for the time you will be in hospital?
  • It is time to slow down. Very few babies arrive on their due date, anything from 38-42 weeks is considered normal, with about 80% arriving within ten days of their due date.


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