Updated 08 October 2018

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!).

Your baby's arrival is getting closer!

Your baby's progress:

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

Your progress:

  • You will probably have to run to the loo more often because of the 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's time to slow down. Very few babies arrive on their due date. Anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks is considered normal.

Good to know:

  • Avoid doing chores that could harm your baby. This includes lifting heavy objects, using harsh chemicals, and standing on ladders.


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