35 Weeks Pregnant
Learn what's happening in week 35 of pregnancy and find out how your baby is developing.
You're 35 weeks pregnant which means you have almost completed the eight month of your pregnancy. Just a few more weeks to go before you finally get to meet your little one. Your baby is the size of a pineapple and his chances of survival will be over 98% by this week.
What happens in your body in pregnancy week 35?
Many women are prone to emotional breakdowns at this stage of pregnancy. Your aching back and legs also contribute to fatigue and low energy and you don't feel like doing much at all. Get as much rest as you can and take time for yourself.
Frequent urination is one of the most unpleasant pregnancy symptoms at 35 weeks. The position of your baby's head causes the need to pee more often and a lack of bladder control when you sneeze or cough. Your baby is head-down, prepared for delivery and his/her head puts pressure on your bladder. Empty your bladder as completely as possible, practice your Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles and prevent pregnancy-induced incontinence by wearing a panty-liner.
Changes in Your Body at 35 Weeks Pregnant
You may notice that your breasts are heavier than before and filled with blue veins. Colostrum may also be leaking from your nipples in preparation for breastfeeding. Make sure you're wearing a comfortable maternity bra to relieve the pressure on your breasts.
The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby will start to diminish from this week. This fluid is commonly known as "the waters" and usually has a distinctive odor. If you are thinking that your membranes may have ruptured, call your doctor immediately.
Your Baby at 35 Week of Pregnancy
Your baby is around 20 inches long and weighs five and a half pounds. Your baby's legs and arms are now quite plump and soft.
Intense brain growth is occurring for your little one this week. The neurons in the brain are developing more so they will be perfectly wired to receive stimulation when your baby is born. However, the skull remains soft to allow your baby to squeeze more easily through the birth canal. Continue eating the important Omega 3 rich foods (salmon, tuna, sardines) to support your baby's brain growth.
Your baby can't move around like before because there's no space in your uterus. However, if you feel there is a change in your baby’s movements or it becomes unnaturally quiet, check with your obstetrician.
Pregnancy Week 35 Tips
Now it's more important than ever to maintain your energy with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Drink plenty of water despite the symptoms of pregnancy at 35 weeks like frequent urination.Keeping the body hydrated can help you fight those annoying symptoms of pregnancy such as constipation and heartburn. Avoid drinking coffee and tea as they can worsen these symptoms. Include lots of omega 3 fatty acids in your daily diet to help the proper brain development of your baby.
With only a couple of weeks left before you reach full term, now it's the perfect time to make your birth plan and discuss with your partner how you want to give birth.
Doing pelvic tilts before bedtime will reduce pregnancy-related pain and discomfort.