pregnancy week 36

By pregnancy week 36 the maximum amount of amniotic fluid will be surrounding your baby now and after this week they will begin to reabsorb some of it, along with the lanugo and vernix which is often seen in the baby’s first bowel movement, post birth, known as meconium. It is also during this week that you will probably have another appointment with your midwife and if there is any cause for concern then you will be offered a late pregnancy scan.

Pregnancy 36 Weeks

This scan will be given to determine if you have any bleeding, to check the function of the placenta or if a low-lying placenta has moved up, to determine your baby’s position (especially if in breech), assess the baby’s growth and to measure the amount of amniotic fluid you have if you are overdue.

There may be many reasons why a baby is not engaging at this point. A lot of second time moms experience this quite routinely. Nevertheless, this scan will determine if there is any cause for action required. Occasionally, the placenta or a fibroid, for example, could be preventing engagement. This is certainly worth knowing before the onset of labor.

During the later stages of pregnancy you may see letters like ROA, LOA, ROP or LOP written in your pregnancy notes.

R = Right
L = Left
O = Occipito, meaning the part of the baby that is going to be born first
A = Anterior, meaning front (back of the head is towards your front)
P = Posterior, meaning back (back of the head is towards your spine)

Anterior positioning is always favorable as labor tends to be shorter and less painful. Posterior positioning can cause backache during labor and delivery can take a little longer.

Therefore, a baby who is:

LOA – is lying on your left side with their back towards your front. You may feel kicking toward the right side of your bump.
LOP – is lying on your left side with their back towards your back. You may feel kicking all around the front and find that you have backache.
ROA – is lying on your right side with their back towards your front. You may feel kicking to the left side of your bump.
ROP – is lying on your right side with their back towards your back. As with LOP you may find kicking all over the front and find the you experience backache.

By the end of pregnancy week 36 your baby will measure up to 20″ (50.8cm) and weigh in at around 6lbs (2.73kg).

<< Week 35

Week 37 >>

(See 36 Weeks Pregnant – The Mother’s Progress)

DETERMINE PREGNANCY DUE DATE

Return from PREGNANCY WEEK 36 to HOME