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Pregnancy Week-by-Week

36 Weeks Pregnant

Can eating this tasty dried fruit help you have a quicker & easier labor? Plus, a checklist of everything you may need to do before the big day!

  • Baby at 36 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby’s still about 20 inches long, but she’s probably up to about 6 pounds in weight this week. Yep, still on that half-a-pound-a-week plan.

    And it’s just about all systems go for baby. His or her lungs and respiratory system are just about ready for the outside world. If baby were born today, chances are good she’d be able to breathe on her own.

    (Not that we want baby to come early if she doesn’t have to—each week of gestation up to 39 weeks is important for her to grow and develop and have the best possible start.)

    Baby’s digestive system is ready for action too. Up until this point, baby’s only been drinking amniotic fluid, but once the first drops of your colostrum (aka liquid gold) hit baby’s system, the digestive system kicks into gear. (As you’ll see, no doubt, when you start changing those cloth diapers!)

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  • You at 36 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Just one month to go, mama! Can you believe it?

    It was around this time during my pregnancies that I really got my butt into gear. With that in mind, here’s a quick little checklist for you.

    • Is your birth doula lined up?
    • Do you have a lactation consultant waiting in the wings just in case?
    • Are you doing your pelvis exercises regularly?
    • Is the carseat installed?
    • Is baby’s crib, co-sleeper, or sleeping area ready?
    • Got a cloth diaper stash yet? (And perhaps some disposables for those first few days when baby is eliminating meconium?)
    • Got a week (or more!) of nutritious meals in your freezer?
    • Do you have your breastfeeding pump, breastfeeding pillow, and nipple cream at home?
    • Are baby’s onesies and PJs washed and ready?
    • Are you drinking your Red Raspberry Leaf tea?
    • Eating your 6 dates a day?
    • Got your child’s pediatrician lined up?
    • Have you customized and printed your visual birth plan?
    • Got a birth photographer lined up? (Or want to do it yourself?)
    • Do you have childcare sorted out for delivery day (if you have another child)?

    (This checklist is just here to give you some ideas. Take what you like and leave the rest!)

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