What to Expect When you're 35 weeks pregnant
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35 weeks pregnancy symptoms
35 weeks pregnancy symptoms

Our 35th week of pregnancy

You are entering the last phase of your pregnancy. Meeting your baby in person won't be long now. If you are a first time mother, your baby's body will continue to change right up to the last week of your pregnancy, here is what you should expect at 35 weeks pregnant.

Your Baby at 35 Weeks

At over 18 inches long, your baby now has little room to move around. Weighing just over 5Ibs, they are about the same size as a small melon. The baby is no longer leaping and jumping, but the kicking will remain the same. The kidneys have developed, and the liver is able to dispose of some waste products.

Your baby will start to make sucking movements with their mouths; this is practise to latch on to your breast for their first feed after birth.

They look like a new born now and will spend the next few weeks gaining weight as most of the basic physical developments are complete.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you deliver at 35 weeks, your baby is premature and will require specialized care. This is nothing to worry about; it is a preventative measure to ensure that the baby doesn't develop breathing problems or jaundice.

Changes to Your Body at 35 Weeks Pregnant

At 35 weeks pregnant your uterus will have stretched upwards to your rib cage. If you could look inside your womb, you would find that your uterus is pressing against your other organs which is one of the reasons why you are constantly emptying your bladder, and why you are suffering from gastrointestinal distress such as heartburn.

From this point onwards, you will start having weekly appointments with your midwife or doctor. At this stage, you will have a rectal and vaginal culture to locate the presence of a bacterium called 'group B streptococcum' also referred to as (GBS) It has no adverse effects on adults, but if you pass it onto your baby at birth, it can lead to dangerous conditions such as meningitis, pneumonia, or a blood infection.

Prior to the 35 week mark, if you were experiencing shortness of breath, this should improve as the baby moves further into the pelvis. This process is called 'lightening.'

You will find it even more difficult to sleep; you should try sleeping on your side with a pregnancy pillow. Some women find that sleeping on an air mattress or a recliner helps them to get a better night's sleep.

Nesting

At 35 weeks pregnant many expectant mothers begin to feel the need to "nest." Nesting manifests as a strong desire to make sure that your home is ready for the arrival of your baby. If you get this urge, make sure you have someone to help you so that you don't put too much strain on your body.

Final Thought

This is the time to relax and get as much rest as you can before you welcome your new born into the world. You may want to enjoy a weekend away with your partner. This has been termed a 'babymoon,' an opportunity for couples to bond before the arrival of the baby.

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