Your baby is now considered near term. They are most likely to be in the head down position, and their sleep/wake cycle will be becoming more developed.

Week 36

Mum

You may be getting more nervous as the time approaches. If you’re planning a natural birth, you worry about the pain and how you’ll handle it. You worry about making it to the hospital on time. You worry about having to get an episiotomy or tearing. You worry about having to have a C-section. If you’re planning to have a C-section, it’ll probably be happening any time now, and you’re probably worried about the size of the needle and the fact that you’re totally not ready to be a mother. It’s all normal. And you’ll make a superb mum.

Dad

Your mobile phone should be charged and turned on at all times from now on. Keep it on you in meetings, at the gym, in a waterproof pouch at the swimming pool, in the toilet. Let your work know that you need to be close to home during this last stretch – no business trip is as important as being there when your baby is born.

Baby

You are the size of a lettuce head and you’re preparing for your entrance into the outside world. You are losing the hair that covered your body, as well as the vernix caseosa skin protection. Still putting on weight and looking gorgeous in every way!

Photos in the bumpandbaby.co.nz/week-by-week/ are by Lenart Nilsson. Lenart's series was bought to fame when his photo, considered the greatest photo of the 20th century, appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1965. “Everyone interprets images differently, depending on their social, cultural and religious background. In the digital era, I believe it is more important than ever to go back and take a look inside ourselves. What better way of doing that than with these photos?” ~ Jane Stene, art gallery director and curator of Lenart's definitive black and white series, told the The Guardian in 2019. It is Lenart Nilsson's wish that his images are never used for political debate about pro-life.

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