Pregnancy is a marvelous gift, but it's hardly a normal state. Your body is an escalator of change, and some new developments can be worrisome. Here are a few things that could happen during your 36th week. You should note these for your next doctor visit, but otherwise not fret about:
- Fluid leaking from your breasts. Some women release small amounts of colostrum, the high-protein, antibody-rich fluid that infants drink in their first few days of life.
- Pelvic and buttocks aches. When your baby drops, it puts more pressure on this area, causing discomfort or pain.
- Bladder urgency (or leakage). Your baby's downward settlement compresses your bladder. Waiting another minute may be out of the question.
- Heavier vaginal discharge that takes on a pink or brown tinge after sex or a vaginal exam. This happens because your cervix is bruised or because you've begun to dilate. As long as you aren't having labor contractions, it's nothing to fear.
- Your baby hasn't dropped. Lightening can happen two to four weeks before delivery, but it may wait until you go into labor, especially if you've given birth before.
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