In week 36, you may notice that your energy level is fluctuating dramatically. You could find that you are totally exhausted in the morning, but full of energy in the evening. Take advantage of those small bursts of energy. Complete all those little pending projects and tasks that are needed before you bring your baby home.
At this stage in your pregnancy, you may experience swelling in your ankles, feet, hands, and face. A certain amount of swelling is normal and should be expected; however, if you experience swelling that is rapid and unusual, or is combined with a headache or blurred vision, contact your doctor right away. It could be a sign of high blood pressure or even preeclampsia; a serious condition that requires medical attention immediately.
At week 36, you could find it hard to eat a normal sized meal. There is just no room in your belly! Eating smaller more frequent meals will help. If your baby has already begun to drop down into the pelvis (the ‘lightening’), you could notice that you have less heartburn and it’s a bit easier to breathe. However, with this new development come new symptoms: as your baby drops, there is increased pressure on the lower part of your abdomen. You might find that walking is now difficult and you feel the need to urinate all the time. If the baby is extremely low, you might feel inner pressure on your vaginal area that can be uncomfortable.
If you have not yet had them, Braxton Hicks contractions are probably in your near future. Braxton Hicks contractions are small uterine contractions that do not affect the cervix. Some say they are your body’s way of practicing for labour. If you experience Braxton Hicks contractions, watch for true signs of labour such as losing your mucus plug, your water breaking, and contractions that become longer, stronger, and closer together and do not ease up at all.