Constant Cramps During Week 36 Of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on January 18, 2012

Pregnancy is a 9 month process which culminates in the arrival of a baby. Pregnancy can be daunting especially for first time mothers who often wonder and worry if things are progressing as they should. Being aware of the entire process is helpful in planning as well as alleviating nervousness and anxiety. Pregnancy usually lasts for a period of 36 to 42 weeks. Here is a description of changes that are likely to take place when a woman is 36 weeks pregnant. Read more on 36 weeks pregnant what to expect

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According to the pregnancy development calendar, a pregnancy is considered to have reached full term by 36 weeks. Therefore the development of the baby is complete by this time and growth will slowly reduce. The baby will weigh about 6 pounds and will be approximately 20 inches in length. The baby’s bones will still be quite soft as they are composed mainly of cartilage. This is helpful in the process of delivery and prevents the mother and baby from getting injured during childbirth. The baby’s vital systems such as immune system and circulatory system will be fully functional. The lungs are also developed and ready to function as soon as the baby arrives. Towards the end of the pregnancy, the baby tries to store up a lot of fat. The baby also starts moving towards the mother’s pelvis region in preparation for delivery.

Since the baby moves towards the lower abdomen, a process known as lightening, the pressure on the diaphragm area will be relieved. It may still be difficult for the mother to eat full meals due to the space being occupied by the baby. At 36 weeks of pregnancy, pain in the lower back area is likely to occur. This may be discomforting for the mother. Since the baby exerts pressure on the pelvis area, the mother may also experience a frequent urge to urinate. At 36 weeks pregnant cramps are also likely to occur along with pain and discomfort while walking. Sleeping or lying down may also become difficult due to the added pressure. Most women experience relief by placing one pillow behind the back and one between the legs. 36 weeks pregnant and cramping may be associated with labor. This may feel like menstrual cramps and may continue throughout the day. If you are 36 weeks pregnant and constant cramping occurs, it is important to have your doctor examine you to rule out the possibility of early labor.

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