36 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
As bending becomes harder, wear shoes you can easily slip on and off
Try to rest – even simple tasks can be difficult with your big bump
Try to have a varied diet, eating well can positively impact your baby’s future health
Now’s a good time to start making a list of potential baby names
Baby's development at 36 weeks
The umbilical cord’s job is to supply your little one with continuous and automatic nutrition. But from birth, baby’s nutrition will come from regular feedings. So your little one is going to have to get used to holding on between meals! Similarly, at birth the placenta stops acting as a lung.
With your bump likely making it a bit hard to bend down, it’s a good idea to wear shoes you can slip in and out of easily. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner for help in getting dressed too. It’s always nice to be able to help out when you’re simply the observer a lot of the time.
Generally speaking, a bit of extra rest will do you good at the moment. Even easy tasks are quite tiring when you’re carrying your bump around. Plus, they can hurt your back too, so keep an eye on your posture. Maybe your partner, parents or friends can help with things a bit.
Think about what you eat as a way to look after your body and mind. Try to have lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh fish and starchy foods. Eating well now can positively impact your baby's future health.
Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are also important, because they contain calcium and other nutrients that your baby needs. Choose low fat varieties when possible, such as semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, low fat lower sugar yoghurts and reduced fat cheese. Aim for two or three portions a day.
For some parents, choosing baby’s name is simple. For others, it can be a source of friction. But it doesn’t have to be! Inspiration is everywhere, from family records and naming books to characters from your favourite films or novels.
It’s a good idea to approach the selection process logically by using lists. You make one, and your partner makes one. If there are names on both your lists, you’ve got some contenders!
A little tip: Don’t get too many friends or relatives involved in the hunt for a name. Nothing gets more tiresome than hearing a variation of “Oh, I used to have a three-legged Chihuahua called that” every time you mention a name you like.