Your baby at 36 weeks
By 36 weeks, your baby’s lungs are fully formed and ready to take their first breath after the birth. The digestive system is fully developed and your baby will be able to feed if they’re born now.
You at 36 weeks
From around now, you may be aware of a tightening feeling in your lower tummy from time to time. These are a normal part of pregnancy, known as Braxton Hicks contractions – your uterus is “practising” for the tightenings, or contractions, of labour. When contractions become longer, stronger and more frequent, it can be a sign that labour is starting.
Call your midwife or doctor when your contractions are in a regular pattern, coming every 5 minutes and lasting at least 60 seconds. It can help to keep a record of how long your contractions are and when they come.