Did you just see your teensy-weensy baby foot imprint in your baby bump? Your baby is telling you, “you know what mommy – I am getting ready to meet you!” At 35 weeks pregnant, you only have about five weeks to the due date. Here is everything that you need to know about 35 weeks pregnant.
Your Baby at 35 Weeks Pregnant
At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown so much and weighs about 5.4 pounds (2.4 kgs). This is approximately the size of a big pineapple. His length has also increased to measure about 18.2 inches. This is a huge leap from 17.7 inches recorded at 34 weeks pregnant.
Around this time, most of your baby’s organs are developed and growth is centered on adding more fat, especially under the skin. This process is making your baby look really pretty. In the next weeks before delivery, your baby will continue adding weight at a rate of about 25 grams per day.
Another notable thing about your baby is that lanugo, the fine hair that has covered the skin, is falling off. This process started a few weeks ago and all the hairs will have fallen off by the due date. But if you find some hair on the body of your baby at birth, relax; it will fall off in the subsequent days.
Imagine what? At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby can tell that it is only a couple of weeks before entering the world. To prep for this, your baby’s lungs are hard at work preparing how breathing will take place after delivery. He is busy taking in amniotic fluid and practicing all the lung cells with surfactant. Indeed, if your baby was to be born at 35 weeks pregnant, he would require only little assistance.
At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby’s musculoskeletal and circulatory systems are fully developed. Besides, he has already taken a head-down (birth) position. If not, he will be turning down in the subsequent weeks.
And one more thing! If you are pregnant with twins or multiples, delivery is very close. Actually, it might be closer than you think because over 50% of twins and multiples are born pre-term. So watch out for signs of pre-term labor!
Your Body at 35 Weeks Pregnant
At 35 weeks pregnant, you are feeling really tired. Aren’t you? By now you have gained about 24-29 pounds (11-132 kgs). In the coming weeks, you will add about half a pound/ week until the due date. The additional weight is shifting your center of gravity and, walking is becoming really tough for you. But do not worry because the end of the journey is now in sight!
Your breasts are on an overdrive packing more colostrum to feed your baby after delivery. This growth is also contributing to the shifting center of gravity. Your breasts are also likely to start leaking. Therefore, it is time to put on a bigger bra and use more absorbent breast pads.
Have you noted; stretch marks and more stretch marks everywhere! That is expected around this time. Your growing belly, fat being added to different parts of your body, and the enlarging breasts are pushing the skin to its limit. This is why you are experiencing the stretches. The truth is that the stretch marks are going to intensify in the remaining weeks. To soothe your skin, make sure to apply skin oil and stay hydrated.
35 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
At 35 weeks pregnant, your pregnancy is in the eighth month. Only one month to go!
35 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
In the last couple of weeks, you have been attending prenatal checkups every two weeks. From now, you will be required to attend prenatal checkups on a weekly basis. If your baby’s development is okay, it is unlikely that your doctor will order for an ultrasound at 35 weeks pregnant. But if he does, you are likely to see your fully grown cutie. Fat can be seen thickening under the skin to give your baby a smooth and impressive appearance. You will also see your baby sucking amniotic fluid and practicing grabbing with hands and kicks with legs.
35 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
At 35 weeks pregnant, your pregnancy has taken over your life. From walking to the food you eat, everything has changed, and you must be careful to stay comfortable and enhance the health of your baby. Here are the symptoms you should expect at week 35.
Around this time, you are likely to experience lightening. Your baby drops to the lower pelvis in preparation for labor and delivery. Lightening is likely to cause additional pressure on your bladder resulting in the need for regular urination. This is likely to get uncomfortable because it could get on your way to enjoying lovely sleep. To improve your bladder control, make sure to do regular Kegel exercises, and use a panty liner to avoid soiling yourself.
At 35 weeks pregnant, you are likely to experience trouble trying to sleep. This is caused by a number of factors including regular urination, hormonal changes, baby kicks and stress. The secret to addressing the problem is relaxing and napping every moment you have the opportunity. Remember to always support your baby bump with a pillow and sleeping on the side.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are practice contractions that your body uses in preparation for delivery. They do not mean that you are going into labor. The contractions tighten the belly making it to become hard. But the contractions are mild and irregular. If you are unsure about the false contractions, make sure to talk to your doctor.
Numbness in your feet and hands
Most women experience swelling in their feet and hands during pregnancy. If you suffer from these swellings, they are likely to press your hands and legs’ nerves resulting in numbness. To address the problem, you should avoid standing for long periods and prop the legs on pillows when resting. Also, make sure to discuss the problem with your doctor.
Things to Do at 35 Weeks Pregnant
Time is running so fast and you need to be fully prepared for labor and delivery as early as the 35th week. Here are the things to do:
- If you are worried about the embarrassments of the labor room, it is time to learn about them. That is right. This will help you to get prepared and focus on the main price, your bundle of joy. From swearing, pooping, and screaming, the midwives have seen it all. Grab some videos and see what really happens. If you have some concerns, make sure to discuss them with your doctor.
- Do you want your significant other to be the one to cut the umbilical cord during delivery? Well, this is the time to decide. Make sure to discuss it with him and your doctor. When deciding on this, it is also important to conclude about who you want to be present in the delivery room.
- If you have been attending childbirth classes, the 35th week will be a good time to go over what you leaned. Take some moment to understand what happens in your body during the last weeks of pregnancy. This will help you to get prepared and enjoy the remaining weeks to the due date.
- If your car is not yet fitted with a baby seat, have it fixed this week. Well, you might not have ample time to do it in the coming weeks.
- Take more time to learn the difference between Braxton Hicks and actual labor. Do not hesitate to seek the assistance of a medical expert if differentiating the two is still hard for you.
35 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Prepare for next week’s prenatal checkup.
- Confirm that your hospital bag is ready with all the components.
- Test the emergency numbers that you can use in case you need help.
- Do your regular Kegel exercises.
- Talk to your baby every day.
- Practice breathing techniques that you have learned in childbirth classes.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 35 Weeks Pregnant
- What are the risks that I should be aware of in my last weeks of pregnancy?
- I have been thinking about CS (cesarean section) for sometime. What emergencies can warrant it? Am I at risk?
- What is an epidural? Does it pose any risk to my spinal cord?
At 35 weeks pregnant, your pregnancy journey is almost coming to an end. You only have less than five weeks to go! Your body is gearing up for the final part, labor & delivery, while your baby is using the last days to practice breathing, how to suck and throw those little kicks.
Although your pregnancy has taken over every aspect of your life, put on a big smile because the end is a stone throw away. You will soon hold your baby in your hands!
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