Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 36 Weeks

10th March 2017

At 36 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a papaya. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 36th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Baby Development

Pip's organs are almost fully developed now with just her digestive system left to finish. She is going to spend the remaining weeks of pregnancy piling on that lovely baby fat to keep her warm on the outside world. She has been practicing swallowing which means she is probably producing meconium, the tarry substance that will form her first poo when she is born.

Body Changes

I'm just growing bigger and rounder by the day and carrying the baby all out front. I think I am one of those people that from behind you wouldn't know I am pregnant. It's like a basketball stuck up my top! I have done an update on how we my belly has changed and whether I've developed any stretch marks after using the Secret Saviours bump band. You can read it here.

Pregnancy Symptoms

I'm getting a lot of back ache at the moment, right between my shoulder blades. I had a lot of pain there after Noah was born and resorted to osteopathy in the end which was amazing. If it continues I will see if I can have treatment now, though from talking to friends the treatment is much gentler during pregnancy. I feel like I need a full on crunch to sort me out! I've been going mad for sweetcorn recently. It has to be Green Giant though and I have been eating two tins a day, though would merrily eat more! It's funny how I keep craving ultra healthy things and feel a little cheated as pregnancy is the one time you can get away with eating naughty things without judgment; where are my ice-cream cravings?!

Antenatal Appointments

I had my 36 week scan to check the position of the placenta. So far this pregnancy it has been lying too close to the opening of the cervix meaning that a vaginal delivery wouldn't have been possible. I was amazed when the sonographer said that the placenta has moved clear enough to allow for a natural birth! It means my plans for a VBAC and home birth are back on, woohoo! The sonographer did an estimated weight which is 6lb 4oz at the moment. I'm not sure how I feel about that, though I know the growth scans aren't always that accurate and my fundal height measurements are always spot on for the week I'm at so perhaps I have nothing to worry about.

Looking Ahead

Now that I know the placenta has moved I can get back on with thinking about a home birth. My first baby was born by emergency C-section and my second was a hospital VBAC so it will be very exciting to have this one at home. I have ordered some essential oils: marjoram to create a bump rub for during the contractions and lavender oil which is amazing in the bath after birth!

Read my 35 week pregnancy diary entry here!

1 comment

  1. Ahh I'm so glad for you lovely. A home birth like you wanted will be lovely.
    My growth scan was pretty spot on, so you never know x


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