Pregnancy Week 36

Your baby's "rapid growth" period is coming to an end in week 36. Find out how she will continue to develop this week and take a look at our predelivery checklist so you're prepared for the big day.

Watch Your Baby's Growth

Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 9
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 9

In month 9 of pregnancy, your baby is fully-grown and preparing for his big debut. Find out what to pack in your hospital bag as you prepare for labor and delivery.

Your Changing Body

Your belly may feel lighter, and that's because it is. Your baby is dropping lower, toward your pelvis, to prepare for delivery, so you'll feel a little less weight around your middle.

Your Developing Baby

You know those cute rolls of blubber on babies that you love so much? Your little one is developing those now, because all that extra fat will maintain Baby's body temperature.

Your Pregnancy

The big day is almost here--and you're starting to really feel it, from "dropping" to Braxton Hicks contractions. Get ready!

Your Week 36 To-Do List

1. Schedule a non-stress test if it's advised.

An Inside Look

Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.

Your Pregnancy Calendar

Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!

Ask Parents About Week 36

We've got answers to your questions from experts and parents who've been there.

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 36

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 36

Your Baby

Your Body

  • Delivering More Than One Baby

    Find out what to expect during labor if you're carrying twins or triplets--or more!

  • Predelivery Prep

    Follow this checklist and guide to packing for the hospital to ensure you are ready to go when baby is!

Your Self

  • Travel Late in Pregnancy

    It's best to stay home during your third trimester. If you have to travel, keep these guidelines in mind.

Diet & Exercise

  • Staying Energized

    Try these tips to keep your energy up as your due date approaches.

Q & A

  • Q&A: Amniotic Fluid Concerns

    Find out why amniotic fluid is so important for your baby and what happens if your levels are too high or too low.

  • Q&A: Fetal Tests

    If your doctor suspects your baby may be at risk, she may suggest one of a few fetal tests.