Congratulations! You are just five weeks away from meeting your baby now. You may feel there is a lot of work left for you to do before your baby arrives. It is essential not to stress out. Just relax and enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
Pregnancy week 35
As you come closer to your delivery date, you may notice a slowdown in your baby’s movements. It is getting pretty crowded in your uterus, and some decrease in movements is pretty normal. However, you should feel your baby move at least ten times an hour.
1. Braxton Hick’s
You may notice an increase in the frequency of Braxton Hick’s contractions now. Braxton Hicks contractions are the contractions of your uterus as a preparation for giving birth. These practice contractions come and go irregularly and do not last more than 30 seconds. These contractions can be uncomfortable but are not painful (1).
2. Sore ribs
If your baby is in the head-down position and is kicking his legs, you may have sore ribs. This pain will ease when your baby lowers in your pelvis.
You may also have dreams about your pregnancy, labor, and delivery during this time. These are signs that you are anxious or worried about your delivery. Check with your doctor if you have any doubts or worries about your delivery.
4. Skin rashes
Some women may develop itchy and bumpy rashes on their stomachs. These rashes are known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (2). Though annoying, these rashes do not cause any risk to your pregnancy. Apply aloe vera gel to soothe this itch.
5. Frequent urge to pee
The increased pressure of your uterus on your bladder may lead to a frequent urge to pee. Don’t let this deter you from drinking enough water. Dehydration can increase your risk of preterm labor.
6. Increased clumsiness
As your baby bump is growing, you may feel extra clumsy. Pregnancy hormones loosen your joints and ligaments, which can make your grasp less firm. Pregnancy fatigue can also make you clumsy.
Pregnancy hormones cause the muscles in the bowels to relax, which makes the waste move slower in the system. Eat a diet high in fiber and stay hydrated. If constipation is troubling you too much, you can ask your doctor for a supplement or stool softeners.
8. Varicose veins
Varicose veins are itchy and swollen veins that may develop during pregnancy. They usually develop in legs, genital areas, or rectum. Wearing a maternity support hose can help. To soothe varicose veins in the rectum, gently wash them with warm water.
Your body at week 35 of pregnancy
At week 35, your uterus has grown almost 500 to 1,000 times its original size. You have already gained between 24 to 29 pounds, and from now on, you will gain half a pound each week. You can feel the top of the uterus six inches above your belly button. The uterus will return to its original size around six weeks after you give birth.
Your baby at week 35 pregnancy
By the end of the 35th week, your baby will weigh 6 pounds and will be around 18 inches long. Your baby is now gaining weight at a steady pace and will put on 8 to 12 ounces each week.
- Your baby’s brain is developing at a tremendous pace.
- Your baby’s movements are restricted now as there is less space in the uterus.
- Your baby’s kidneys and liver have developed now.
- Your baby may have already settled into a head-down position in your pelvis.
- Your baby’s skull remains soft so that he can squeeze through the birth canal easily.
- Your baby’s hearing is now fully developed.
Tips to be followed when you are 35 weeks pregnant
1. Pack your bags
If you haven’t done so already, pack your hospital and baby bags. This way, you are ready to go to the hospital whenever the baby decides to arrive.
2. Get a car seat
According to the law, you should take your baby home in a car seat. Don’t wait for the last moment; buy a car seat in advance.
3. Sleep on your left side
When you sleep on your back during the last trimester of your pregnancy, the uterus can put pressure on the blood vessels that supply the uterus, and this can restrict blood flow and oxygen to the baby. Research has shown that sleeping on the left side helps to half the risk of stillbirth (3).
Your baby build’s his iron stores by absorbing this mineral from your body during the final months of the pregnancy. So add more iron-rich foods to your diet.
5. Discuss pain mediation options
You can discuss the pain medication problems that you may want to take during labor with your doctor. There are several safe and effective pain management options for you.
6. Stay active
It is essential to stay active. Take a walk whenever you can. Babies of women who remain active and exercise regularly tend to sleep through the night sooner and are less prone to colic.
7. Relieve heartburn
Sit upright when you eat. Do not lie down for a few hours after you eat. Chew your food slowly. Anxious eating can also lead to heartburn. Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production and can help to neutralize the acid in the esophagus.
Your week 35 of pregnancy doctor’s visit
At this stage, you are visiting your doctor every two weeks. During this week, your doctor will do a routine test for group B streptococcus, if it wasn’t done during the last visit. Though GBS poses no risk for you, your baby can contract it during delivery. If the test comes back positive, you will be given antibiotics during labor and delivery.
Your doctor will also check your baby’s position to see if he has moved into the correct position for delivery. If you haven’t received your Tdap vaccine yet, you will get it this week. During this visit, your doctor will also ask you if you’re experiencing any signs of preterm labor like cramping or change in vaginal discharge. If you are thinking of banking your baby’s cord blood, this is the time to talk to your doctor about it and figure out the preferred plan of action.
Tips for the partner
You may feel like all your partner does these days is complaining and talking about her pregnancy. She may be finding it tough to deal with all the symptoms of pregnancy and is feeling worried about the birth. Maybe she is concerned about her ability to be a good mother. Offer her support and reassure her. Listen to her concerns and help ease her fears.
When you are 35 weeks pregnant, your uterus has grown almost 500 to 1,000 times its original size. By the end of the 35th week, your baby will weigh 6 pounds and will be around 18 inches long. At this stage, Braxton Hick’s contraction will increase in frequency, and you may develop rashes on your stomach. Sore ribs, clumsiness, constipation, and varicose veins are some of the other symptoms that you may develop.
Eat food that is rich in iron and fiber and be active. You should also discuss your pain medication options with your doctor now.
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