35 Weeks Pregnant

35 Weeks Pregnant : What to Expect

As 35 week of pregnant, some women begin to experience anxiety about delivering their baby. This is normal and can be reduced by talking with your healthcare provider. He or she may even want to begin seeing you more frequently, such as once a week, to ensure all tests are done and the health of you and your baby is good. If you haven’t started Kegel exercises, maybe now is a good time to do that. This can strengthen your pelvic muscles for delivery and prepare you for the increased pressure as the baby moves into that region. 99% of babies born during this week survive outside the womb.

Symptoms and Body Changes at 35 Weeks

You should have gained in between 25-29 lbs by the 35th week. Your uterus is about 6 inches above your belly button and your belly button is still sensitive to the touch. Most people want to touch or rub your belly at this point, as you look very much pregnant, so if they do rub your belly button and cause you pain, so try not to let your moodiness get the best of you. Your baby should be moving head-down to your pelvis region, which reduces pressure on your ribs, chest and lungs but increases pressure on your bladder. This will cause you to urinate more often, and can become quite irritating. Back pain and pelvic pain, as well as pelvic numbness are inevitable. Numbness is due to pressure on your pelvic nerves. Get used to these symptoms, as this will continue until the birth of your baby.

Baby’s Development

Your baby has reached an amazing 18 inches and is approximately 6 lbs by this point. Even though most of the growing is completely during this week, your baby will continue to ‘plump’ up and put on weight due to the fat that continues to build under the skin. His or her liver is functioning and producing waste on its own, and the kidneys are also fully matured. You will continue to feel kicks and hits as the room inside the amniotic sac continues to disappear. His or her ears are fully formed and functioning just find, so talk to him or her as much or as often as possible. The lungs are finally reaching maturity, and the central nervous system continues to develop. Lanugo and other protective tissues begin to disappear, however tiny vellus hair begins to grow and replace the protective tissues.

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Pregnancy Week 35 Tips

You may be feeling stressed from time to time during your pregnancy. This common and normal for expectant moms. Don’t feel embarrassed about this, and try to talk to others who have been in this position before or others who are going through it now to help ease your sensitive mind. Although swelling can increase if you resist water, try limiting the amount of fluids you intake as bedtime draws closer. Doing pelvic tilts and other exercises can help wear you out (like you need help!) before bed and help you fall asleep quicker. Don’t worry about insomnia, this too is normal and expected as the due date draws near. Try your best to continue to relax and rest through the night. Next is pregnancy at 36 weeks.

[Page updated February 2013]