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    He’s full-term, but he’s not fully done growing.

    A developing fetus in the thirty-sixth week

    Your baby’s development

    Still growing. Still preparing. Still in there.
    At the end of week 36, it might give you comfort to know that the arrival is approaching quickly. Your baby is considered full term, yet he still has more growing to do. His bones are hardening, but his skull remains soft and flexible for birth.

    Here's what else is happening:

    He’s grown almost completely into his skin, which was once oversized and loose.

    He now has a fully rounded face, in part because his powerful sucking muscles are now developed and ready to get to work.

    During this 36th week, your baby probably weighs about 6 pounds or slightly more.
    A woman looking to the side

    Your nutrition and health

    You’re slowing down, but don’t stop.
    It's natural for your body to begin to slow a little as you get closer to your due date. You're now carrying a full-grown baby inside, and are continuing to adjust to loosening ligaments, swelling, and other challenges.

    Continuing consistent, gentle exercise may help you fight fatigue. Walking is a great example of exercise you can usually continue through labor.

    Balanced nutrition is not only nourishing you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, but it is also establishing a strong foundation for breastfeeding and your body's recovery after delivery.
    A pregnant woman holding her bare belly with both hands

    Things to think about now

    The difference between true labor and false contractions.
    Braxton Hicks contractions (the clinical term for false contractions) were named after the British doctor John Braxton Hicks, and play an important role in helping your body rehearse for childbirth. They might become more frequent as you edge closer to your due date.

    Braxton Hicks vs. true labor contractions

    Braxton Hicks (False Labor) Contractions True Labor Contractions
    Irregular and remain irregular Regular intervals or regular pattern
    Don't get closer together as time passes Grow closer together over time
    Often are weak and stay that way (might have stronger contractions followed by weaker ones) Increase in strength/intensity over time
    Stop when you rest, walk, or change positions Keep coming no matter what you do
    Vary in length and intensity Usually last 30 to 90 seconds (shorter when they begin and get progressively longer and stronger)
    Don't affect your cervix Cause cervix to dilate (open)
    Pain usually felt only in the front Pain begins in back and moves to front.
    A pregnant woman inside the pool

    What happens next week

    The home stretch!
    Her baby fat continues to form, but her weight gain slows. You, your partner, your baby, and your doctor are all making final preparations for arrival.