36 Weeks Pregnant
At 36 weeks pregnant, your baby is now about the size of a honeydew melon, weighing in at approximately 2.4kg and measuring 29cm from crown to rump. Baby’s face has filled out, and now looks smooth and plump, with full baby cheeks.
Now that you have reached 36 weeks, most of your pregnancy weight gain is done, with an average of around 10-12kgs (24-28lbs) gained. Of this weight, water represents approximately 60 per cent, 30 per cent is fat, and the remainder is protein. Don’t panic about the fat – this is essential, particularly in this third trimester, due to the calories you will burn as a result of baby’s rapid growth, as well as to supply you with plenty of the extra energy you’ll need for breastfeeding.
Many moms aren’t aware that breastfeeding after a C-section can take time, and then struggle to establish feeding or feel guilty for not continuing. After a C-section, feeding can be slow to establish for 24-48 hours as both you and your baby clear opiates from your systems. Baby’s suckling and rooting reflexes – which help baby search, find, latch and feed – will most probably be suppressed, however eumom breastfeeding expert Lisa Wilkinson offers advice to help you on your way to a happy, healthy breastfeeding journey.
Looking out for labour
With just four weeks to go, you’ll most likely be focusing on labour and looking for signs that something is stirring. Read on for the early signs of labour, as well as a guide to your contractions; so you can try to determine the difference between Braxton Hicks and true labour.
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