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Third Trimester

Your Pregnancy: Week 36

Baby should soon descend into your pelvis, which will give your lungs a little room to breathe (literally). The bad news: This puts the brunt of baby's weight on your hips and pelvis, and will make them pretty sore. Add in your ever-loosening ligaments, and you may soon be taking on that oh-so-adorable pregnancy waddle.

Baby should soon descend into your pelvis, which will give your lungs a little room to breathe (literally). The bad news: This puts the brunt of baby's weight on your hips and pelvis, and will make them pretty sore. Add in your ever-loosening ligaments, and you may soon be taking on that oh-so-adorable pregnancy waddle.

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Baby's now the size of a honeydew!
Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft, her gums are rigid, her liver and kidneys are in working order, and her circulation and immune system are basically good to go. Her lungs are the only organs that still need to fully mature, but every day she gets a little closer to breathing on her own.

To-do:

Finalize maternity leave plans
Schedule your nonstress test
Schedule your weekly OB visit
Go to your checklist

[tip]  For a quick zap of energy, splash essential oil of peppermint or eucalyptus on a tissue and inhale deeply. The scents are great natural stimulants.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, Duke University Medical Center OB/GYN Department

By The Bump Editors