36 Week Pregnancy Update: Signs of Early Labour
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Things are getting real over here I’m 36 weeks pregnant! My 36 week pregnancy update is pretty full of both nerves and excitement.
The hospital bag is packed and I’ve been having several early labour signs. We’re officially in the ‘hurry up and wait’ stage.
Keep reading to find out what’s happening at 36 weeks pregnant.
36 Week Pregnancy Update
36 Week Pregnancy Update: Symptoms
So, back pain was not the kind of pain that I was expecting to really be struggling with at the end of my pregnancy. I mean, I know it’s common but my main issue has always been the pelvic pain.
Don’t get me wrong, the pelvic pain is still a factor, but the back issues I’ve been experiencing have certainly been more dominating.
So, in last week’s update, I mentioned that I made a trip to the chiropractor. I went back again this Tuesday and despite feeling better initially, the back pain returned that evening and was worse than it had ever been.
Tuesday night and all of Wednesday I was in a significant amount of pain and it was really difficult to walk anywhere. Shane used some deep heat on it on Wednesday night and that did bring a lot of relief.
It seems like with rest I get relief, but then as soon as I’m on my feet for any length of time it returns with a vengeance. So, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’s here to stay until this little lady makes her entrance into the world.
I had another appointment with the mental health nurse this week. In truth, I almost called to cancel because I feel as though I’m doing really well in that regard.
However, I kept it and we chatted a lot. My depression at 36 weeks seems to be much improved. She agreed that I’m doing well and she’s not concerned at all at the moment.
So, the tentative plan is to stop appointments for now. I told her that I would inform her when the baby is born and will be in touch as soon as I feel as though I’m needing help in any way.
Something that we talked about that was interesting was that both times that I have struggled with depression (postpartum with Annie and during this pregnancy) I have had low iron levels.
As soon as my iron levels are therapeutic again the depression seems to disappear. So, there’s an obvious correlation between the two. It gives me some relief to know that it’s a simple fix and that if I do start to feel depressed again to make sure to get my iron levels checked!
I had a feeling that I would be talking a lot about pre-labour signs in my 36 week pregnancy update.
I won’t lie, I’m hyperalert to any signs of labour now. Part of that is because Shane still isn’t 100% better and so I’ve had some anxiety about the baby arriving while he still isn’t well. Thankfully, he is on the mend although still has a lingering cough.
Anyway, on Tuesday morning I woke up and just felt different. I could barely walk and felt as though I had been straddling a horse all night. When I felt that way with Jack it was when he dropped and was engaged in my pelvis.
With subsequent pregnancies, babies can engage and then pop back up right up until you’re in active labour.
That day I was just so uncomfortable. I also lost more of the mucous plug and had several painful contractions.
I found it really difficult to fall asleep that night and just couldn’t get comfortable. The contractions that I had weren’t consistent, but I had about 4 spread out that were really painful. Like, not even early labour contractions but really gnarly ones that I had to breathe my way through.
All of those signs combined made me all kinds of anxious. Thankfully, nothing more happened and things settled a bit the following day. Then today (Thursday) I feel fairly normal and not as though labour is going to begin at any moment.
I definitely do not want to go into labour at 36 weeks pregnant.
36 Week Pregnancy Update: Getting Ready
Ready for Baby
It was always my goal to have the hospital bag packed and ready by 36-weeks. I’m glad that I was able to do it and subsequently include it in my 36 week pregnancy update.
This week packing the hospital bag was at the top of my priority list. It was convenient that my monthly grocery shop fell at the beginning of this week as well so I could stock up on some postpartum items for myself.
So, the bag is packed aside from a few last minute items such as chargers, the camera, and makeup. I’ve packed a tin of formula and bottles, but I’m not sure that we’ll use them at the hospital at all. I just wanted to have them in case that’s what I felt like doing.
I do have a bunch of bottles in the cupboard from when Annie was using them, but the nipples were the wrong size and quite discoloured. We decided to go ahead and purchase 6 Tommee Tippee bottles for this baby. We may alternate with others, but I liked the cost of the Tommee Tippee option as well as how easy they’ll be to clean.
Tell me, did you sterilize your baby bottles? I did for Annie until she was around 3 months old, but I’m thinking that for this baby I’ll just use the hygiene function on our dishwasher. However, I have sterilized them initially just to be on the safe side.
The only two baby items we’re waiting on now are her video camera and also a cover for her car seat capsule.
So, I was a little anxious this morning before my appointment because I had noticed that the baby’s movements had decreased in frequency. However, everything checked out just fine when her heart rate was checked. My measurements are all as they should be and my blood pressure seems fine.
I’m going to get some blood tests done tomorrow just to check on my iron levels, but otherwise, we’re baby-ready.
We also discussed my birth plan, which is essentially whatever happens happens. I’m not fussed. The only two things that I specified were for skin-to-skin and also that I will be the one to cut the umbilical cord.
If you’re a first-time mom or are just looking for a birth plan template, I’ve got one you can download and print for free. It’s comprehensive and very easy to fill out and give to your provider or keep in your hospital bag.
As for support people, obviously Shane will be there and I’m also hoping to have my Mum and two sisters. Whether they get there or not will all be dependant on how quickly my labour progresses.
How I’m Feeling
So, how am I feeling overall? Tired and like a beached whale.
In all seriousness, I’m doing just fine. Yes, I’m tired and yes I’m in pain a lot of the time, but I know that it won’t be for too much longer.
I am very congested and feeling achy which is always making me second guess whether or not I’m coming down with something. However, after reading my updates with Jack and Annie I was feeling the same symptoms at this stage as well.
That’s it for my 36 week pregnancy update.