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36 Weeks Pregnant: What you need to know

36 Weeks Pregnant: What you need to know

At a glance:

  • Your baby already has personality
  • Itchy bumps
  • Have you picked a name yet?

What’s happening to your baby

At the end of this week, your growing tot will be considered full term – she’s now 6lb and 18 and a half inches long. Also her head may engage any time now (which means it drops into your pelvis). And some personality traits are already formed. Studies done on the heart rate and movement of 31 foetuses before and after birth have shown that the more active they were in the womb, the grumpier they are when they hit the world. Eek!

By now your baby should be sleeping 60-80% of the time, but if she’s not, when she’s born she’s likely to sleep badly, too. These researchers suggest that it’s women’s hormones that influence personality traits in their babies. Their recommendation? That you take some time out before the birth so you can reduce your stress. And that you talk to your growing bump in a very soothing, calm manner. 

What’s happening to your baby

You might be starting to feel really exhausted again so try and rest as much as you can – it’s handy that around this time you’re probably about to go on maternity leave. But some lucky mums-to-be have a real burst of energy around now. If you’re feeling frisky, it’s totally safe to have sex.

By now your belly will be stretched so much that the skin will be feeling very dry and probably extremely itchy. Use soothing creams containing cocoa butter or Vitamin E to best beauty products. Or, why not get your other half to rub the cream in and get him to talk gently the baby while he does it? It’s a really lovely way for him to bond with his developing baby. There are more ways - read on here.

Pregnancy Bump Oils

How to give yourself an energy boost during pregnancy

What you may consider doing 

If you haven't chosen a baby's name yet, here we have some suggestions:

Girls names: According to, there’s been an emerging trend for ‘granny’ style monikers like Beatrice, Evelyn and Florence this year. Here’s the Top 10 names so far in 2014: Amelia, Olivia, Isla, Emily, Poppy, Ava, Isabella, Jessica, Lilly, Sophie.

Boys names: It’s no surprise, given the royal baby fever gripping the world, that William and Charlie (Charles) are proving to be popular choices for boy bub names. But there’s also been a quite surprising trend for ‘posh’ boy names like Sebastian, Jasper and Toby (Downton Abbey’s influence, perhaps?)

And the Top 10 names for 2014 so far? Oliver, Jack, Harry, Jacob, Charlie, Thomas, George, Oscar, James, William. Try and find your perfect one using our Baby Name Generator.

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Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99

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