And, a comparison photo between my last pregnancy - breech, diastasis recti, no belly support, and this pregnancy (right) - cephalic, diastasis recti, wearing Tubigrip 24/7 (except for showers, obviously). My belly measurements are similar both pregnancies so i expect baby #2 to be about the same size as #1. I've also been going to the chiro throughout this pregnancy, and you can see the improvement in my posture.
How far along: 36 weeks.
How big is baby: a crenshaw melon (don't think we get these).
What is baby doing this week: Your baby is still gaining weight – about 28g a day. She weighs nearly 2.7kg and is about 47cm long from head to toe. You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower belly and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little – breathing and eating should become easier.
However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable. Some women say it feels as if their baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the loo all the time. Check out our eating well guide and stock up on those last-minute nutrients.
The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day. Babies between 37 weeks and 42 weeks are considered full-term. A baby born before 37 weeks is premature and after 42 weeks is post-term.
Your may have noticed that your breasts are leaking a little. This is quite normal. They are producing the rich, first milk called colostrum that will give your baby a great start in life. If you feel like you're going into labour, your doctor or midwife will check to see if the neck of your womb (cervix) is starting to open. They'll look to see if your cervix is dilating, or widening, and effacing, or thinning.
Your midwife will be keeping an eye on what position your baby is in, to estimate how far your baby has dropped into your pelvis. This information will be entered into your maternity notes so that your midwife will know the position of your baby when you go into labour.
Total weight gain: 56.6kg, same as last week and 9.8kg since the start of pregnancy.
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity.
Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.
Best moment of the week: Bub turning from ROP to LOP.
Food cravings/aversions: Keep wanting to eat chocolate, usually a sign of magnesium deficiency. Come to think of it, i've been getting leg cramps as well, so looks like i'll need to look up foods high in magnesium.
Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Getting very tired though and i've slowed down a lot. However i've realised how much i have to do before baby is here - because we're having a home birth, i need to clean and tidy the house and keep it tidy (this is easier said than done when working full time and having a toddler!).
Other: Four weeks to go til my EDD! Have had a lot of Braxton Hicks last week and this. Some days it's almost constant and bub pokes his feet out my front or sides, obviously trying to stretch against them. I've also been getting twinges or pinches in my cervix the last few weeks, as though he's grinding his head against it when he moves his head. Beats a foot kicking it though - that used to make me yelp last pregnancy!
I also struggled through a DIY Brazilian wax, surprising painless but man is it difficult to do when you can't see over your belly at all - and can't bend forward into a crunch! I used a mirror but still got wax all over the towel i was using underneath me, and it took ages. Like an hour - but i did get interrupted a few times by the toddler who wasn't sleeping soundly that nap. Hopefully i don't have to attempt another one before birth.
Movement: Very active, occasionally feel a head move in my pelvis, but mostly feel feet pushing out my right size or up into the middle of my ribs, and a bum often pushes out my left side when the feet push out the right.
What i'm looking forward to: my maternity shoot on Wednesday.
What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.
Next appt: 29 October.
What else i've done this week: Washed the blankets, wraps and newborn size clothes that we had in storage from our toddler's babyhood, ready for little man.