35 Weeks Pregnancy


Your uterus, now pushing up to under your rib cage, is crowding your other internal organs. You will probably feel the urge to urinate more frequently and suffer from heartburn and other gastrointestinal discomforts. Your baby should be moving head-down to your pelvis region, which will reduce pressure on your ribs, chest and lungs but increase pressure on your bladder. Back pain and pelvic pain, as well as pelvic numbness are inevitable. Numbness is due to pressure on your pelvic nerves. These symptoms will continue until the birth of your baby.

As you wrap up your eighth month, you’re probably feeling some of these 35 weeks pregnant symptoms:

  1. Frequent urge to pee Yup, your bladder’s being pressed on by baby (or babies, if you’re 35 weeks pregnant with twins), who’s likely sitting pretty low in your pelvis, getting ready for birth. Don’t let the extra trips to the bathroom deter you from drinking lots of water though—dehydration puts you at risk for preterm labor, so drink up.
  2. Constipation We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: make sure to get plenty of fiber in your diet. If you’ve tried everything and are still struggling with constipation, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to take a fiber supplement or a stool softener.
  3. Aches and pains in the hips and pelvis These ouchies are continuing—and you may even be feeling a few new ones. While you’re dealing with discomfort, look on the bright side: It’s a sign your body is getting ready to deliver your baby. Yep, all of this pain actually has a purpose! Your ligaments are loosening so that baby can make his or her way out of your uterus and into the world.
  4. Braxton Hicks Contractions At 35 weeks pregnant, you may have noticed an increase in the number of contractions you’re having. It’s kind of crazy how hard your belly can get! Just keep an eye on those contractions; rest when you get them and drink lots of water.

Now you have reached your 35 weeks pregnancy and  your uterus has grown to about 1,000 times its original size. You can expect to gain about a half-pound each week until you give birth.

Development of Baby

At 35 weeks pregnant, baby is as big as a pineapple. Baby measures about 18.2 (46 cm) inches from head to heel. From here on out, he or she won’t get much longer, but will keep plumping up. Your 35-week fetus now weighs about 5.3 pounds (2.4 kilogram), and will put on a pound or more of baby fat before you meet him or her.

You will notice a change in activity now as your baby fits snugly in the womb and is unable to make too many movements. The number of kicks should however, remain the same.

The kidneys are fully developed now and the liver is almost mature.

Baby’s hearing is now fully developed, and your 35-week fetus responds best to high-pitched noises. If you are pregnant with a boy, you would see on a 35 weeks pregnant ultrasound that his testes have probably fully descended.

Your baby is nearly ready for birth.

Advice

You will visit your healthcare provider on a weekly basis from now on. Vital tests will be carried out to test against harmful bacteria in your birth canal.

This requires a painless vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called group B streptococci (GBS). These bacteria may be harmless to you but could affect the health of your baby, causing conditions such as meningitis, pneumonia, or a blood infection.

The presence of bacteria is fairly common, which is why it is vital to be screened. The bacteria could be treated by intravenous (IV) antibiotics during labour, to reduce your baby’s risk of infection.

35 weeks pregnant is a good time to review the signs of labor. You may think this is early, but about 11 percent of singleton moms give birth prematurely, while moms who are 35 weeks pregnant with twins are just about considered full term at this point. To recap, here are the signs of actual, real deal, call-the-OB-and-grab-your-hospital-bag labor:

  1. Water breaking You’ll know your water has broken if you’re experiencing something that’s less like discharge and more like a flow of water. It can happen in a big gush (like in the movies) or in a slow trickle that just keeps coming.
  2. Painful contractions Those Braxton Hicks have nothing on real contractions. If suddenly you’re feeling pain in your 35 weeks pregnant belly or back, instead of some mild tightness, it could be time.
  3. Regular contractions True contractions happen regularly and don’t stop—they’ll keep getting more and more frequent and more painful. Your doctor will probably tell you at what point to call her and let her know about your contractions. A good rule of thumb is to call when contractions are about 5 minutes apart for a first pregnancy. If it’s not your first, call earlier—more like when they’re 10 to 15 minutes apart, since second (and later) labors tend to be much shorter.

At 35 weeks pregnancy if there is any symptom you think that could be a sign of labor, don’t hesitate to call the doc just to be safe.

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