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36 week fetus in uterus The uterus has very little remaining spaceAt 36 weeks the average crown to heel length is 17.7 inThe head may be starting to engageThe lungs are structurally complete

Don't leave crucial arrangements until the last minute. Have an action plan ready for when you go into labor-it might be sooner than you think. Babies can arrive ahead of schedule, so make sure you and your partner feel confident about managing. Figure out practicalities, such as arranging care for other children, or even the cat. Rope in your parents or friends to help if need be, pack your hospital bag, and relax.

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