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36 weeks pregnant

By now, you should be going to the doctor every week so that he or she can check how soon the baby will be born. Remember to always bring the hospital bag you prepared every where you go so that you’ll always be ready to check in for labor, which could be anytime now.

What’s Going on with the Baby

Knees, elbows, neck and wrists

In nearly all accounts, your baby is now ready for life in the outside world. All that’s happening to him or her is just some extra fat accumulating in the knees, elbows, neck and wrists, creating those cute fat dimples and creases. If your baby is still in breech (which happens to about 4% of mothers to be), you may try to have an external cephalic version (ECV) done. ECV is the procedure of manually turning the baby through massage.

Breach position

By 36 weeks of pregnancy – your baby can now turn position. Most babies turn into the normal and desired position - head down. However in around 4% of cases the baby turns into a breach position.

What’s Going on with Mommy

Nutritious high-calorie food

You should now have gained about 11 to 13 kilograms during your pregnancy, and should be taking in about 2400 calories everyday. Although this seems like a license to eat as much as you like, make sure you choose healthy and nutritious high-calorie food during this period.

Group B Strep

You may be asked to take a simple test using a vaginal or rectal swab for Group B Strep (also called Beta Strep or GBS), which is a kind of bacteria living in humans. 25% of women are carriers without even knowing it, since there are no symptoms and is not harmful to adults. GBS is not a sexually transmitted disease, so there’s no danger to your husband, but only to your baby. GBS can cause a baby’s lungs, brains or spinal cord to be inflamed or infected. 15% of affected children die from GBS.

Now for Daddy

Discuss with your partner about your hopes and dreams for the future. Use this time to connect with your partner in a deeper level as you both wait for your baby to arrive.

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