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36 Weeks Pregnant

  • 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!)

    36 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • 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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  • Genevieve at 36 Weeks Pregnant ☀

  • Week 36 Spotlight
    Eating Dates During Pregnancy 💡

    Have you heard about dates during pregnancy? Find out how this fruit can help women have better births plus other natural ways to have an optimal birth.
    Ok, mama, I’ve got a tough assignment for you this week. It's gonna take determination. Persistence. The ability to overcome adversity.

    I'm asking you to eat 6 dates a day until your delivery.

    I know, I know. It's a tough job. But you're gonna want to do it. You see, there was a study that showed that moms who ate 6 dates a day for the last 4 weeks of their pregnancies had better births.

    Granted, it was a small study out of the country of Jordan, a leading producer of dates—but hey, it's worth a shot.

    And I have to say that anecdotally, in my community, I've seen women swear by this tasty little trick!

    Click here for more information on dates during pregnancy, plus some yummy date recipes.

  • Week 36 Hot Topics 🔥

  • Week 36 To-Dos ✅

    • Stash your purse with LARA bars to get your dates in on the go. :)
    • Get a lactation consultant referral from a midwife or friend. Have her number on hand in case you need help once baby arrives.
    • Find a local breastfeeding meeting and join now—pregnant mamas are always welcome.
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