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Mum, it’s me!

I’m all set and so excited to see the world mum! I get the feeling you might be a little excited too? Like, a lot excited? It’s hard to believe that in the next four weeks, after all these months of growing together, we’ll finally be united. Plus, there’s not much room left in here! The good news is I’m making my way down further into your pelvis and getting plumper by the day ... around 2.6kgs and 47cm long. My lungs are maturing, which will help me be able to breathe once I’m born. Plus my hairy lanugo stuff is almost gone too. Oh and if I’m your first baby, we might already be ‘engaged’ mum. I mean, my head might be pointing down. Apparently it’s all about to drop!

How are you?

Just putting it out there ... week 36 of pregnancy may seem like a long, long week! So be good to yourself and try to relax. Keep in mind that your baby’s due date is only an estimate, and every baby is born in its own time. You’re not officially ‘overdue’ until you hit 40 weeks, which means you’ve still got a few weeks left.

Around week 36, you might suddenly feel lighter, like there’s more room in your belly to eat and around your ribs to breathe. This is what’s called engagement, when your baby drops down head-first into your pelvic cavity in preparation for birth. Some babies like to be a little more difficult, dropping into the breech position (feet or bottom first) without turning around! If you can still feel him or her squirming about in there though, that’s perfectly normal too.

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