The baby's development at 36 weeks of gestation, which is about 8 months of pregnancy, is practically complete, but it will still be considered premature if it is born this week.
Although most babies are already turned upside down, some can reach 36 weeks of gestation and still be seated. In this case, if labor begins and the they continue sitting, the doctor may try to turn the baby around or suggest a cesarean section.
Fetal development at 36 weeks of gestation
The fetus at 36 weeks of gestation, presents a smoother skin and already has enough fat deposited under the skin to allow temperature regulation after delivery. There may still be some vernix, the cheeks are more chubby, and the lanugo is fading away.
The baby's head is usually covered by hair, and the eyebrows and eyelashes are completely formed. The muscles are getting stronger, they have reactions, memory and brain cells continue to develop.
The lungs are still in formation, and the baby produces about 600 ml of urine that is released into the amniotic fluid. When the baby is awake, the eyes remain open, it reacts to light and it stings normally, but despite this, it spends most of its time sleeping.
The birth of the baby is near and now it's time to think about breastfeeding because the only source of food in the first 6 months of life should be milk. Breast milk is the most recommended, but in the impossibility of offering this, there are artificial milk formulas. Feeding at this stage is a very important factor for you and your baby.
Size of a 36 week fetus
The size of the fetus at 36 weeks gestation is approximately 47 centimeters measured from the head to the heel and weighs about 2.8 kg (about 6 pounds).
Photos of a 36 week fetus
Changes to the mother's body at 36 weeks
The woman should have gained considerable weight so far and back pain may be more and more common.
At the eighth month of gestation, breathing is easier, because the baby is fitting for birth, but on the other hand the frequency of urination increases, so the pregnant woman starts to urinate more frequently. Fetal movements may be less noticeable because there is less space available, but you should still feel the baby tinkering at least 10 times a day.