Confused, anxious, excited, and terrified? With just a month left for your delivery day, chances are, you experience one or all of these emotions. How does the baby look? What would be the color of his eyes? Why does the pregnancy seem unending? Is my little munchkin healthy and safe? Are you dying to know the tiny little changes that your baby is going through right now? If you can relate to these questions or you simply wish to find out about 35th-week pregnancy, read our post here.
35 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms:
The baby’s development is alost complete except for a few vital organs like the lungs and liver. Some other symptoms of 35th week of pregnancy include:
- Baby gains weight rapidly
- Mom gains weight as well
- Mother experiences frequent urination
- General discomfort and headache
- Braxton Hicks contractions become common
- Itchy and flaky skin
- Increased visits to the bathroom
[ Read: 36th Week Pregnancy ]
Changes In Your Body:
Your monthly/bi-monthly check-ups are replaced by weekly visits to the doctor to monitor your baby’s growth. Your doctor may also keep a tab on your weight gain besides checking your cervix for dilation. Here are some of the changes that your body goes through when 35 weeks pregnant:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Achy Back And General Discomfort
- Baby Moves Into Head Down Position
- Gaining Weight
- Internal Organs Continue To Develop
- Getting Ready For Delivery
- Prepare A List Of Things To Do
- Pay Attention To Your Diet
Your internal organs like the bladder and lungs are under tremendous pressure to accommodate a ballooning uterus- all thanks to your baby who is now growing at a rapid pace! The bladder’s capacity to hold urine reduces, which means you can no longer control the urge to pee. If the baby has settled head-down, your trips to the bathroom are going to be more frequent than ever. There’s little that you can do to prevent these visits, though you can try and empty your bladder as much as possible when peeing. Kegel exercises strengthen pelvic muscles and can help to control incontinence. However, don’t cut down on fluids. You need to drink plenty of water to prevent constipation and edema. Water also helps your baby absorb nutrients from the blood cells.
Sadly, heartburns are here to stay until your baby drops into the cervix. The burgeoning uterus not only puts pressure on the bladder, but also pushes your stomach leaving you with heartburn. Muscles that prevent digestive juices from entering the esophagus earlier now relax and lead to irritation and burning. Luckily, this is a temporary problem, which will disappear soon after you deliver. While it lasts, there are several steps you can take to control and treat the problem. For one, avoid foods that trigger heartburn: avoid spicy and greasy food. Caffeine triggers acidity, along with the peppermint. Drink plenty of water before and after meals, but not during a meal. Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow your body to breathe. Eat at least two hours before bedtime to allow your stomach to digest food. Don’t skip meals because an empty stomach may trigger acidity and cause heartburn.
Here again, the growing uterus is the main perpetrator. Pressure from the uterus pushes your bowel and doesn’t allow it to function efficiently. The iron supplements also contribute to the problem. Pregnancy hormones loosen muscles around the pelvis and are equally responsible for the situation. It is quite normal and not a cause for worry, but, when you don’t treat it in time, you could develop hemorrhoids aka piles. To ease things pile on fiber- rich foods like whole grains and fruits. Kiwi juice is an effective laxative like isabgol. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your digestive system moving. Warm liquids stimulate a bowel movement. Probiotics like curd, pickles, idli, dosa, etc. also help.
Do swollen ankles and feet bother you? The growing uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins and restricts blood flow from the legs to the heart. The veins push the fluid into your ankles and feet. The condition is edema, and it is quite common in the third trimester especially after your baby latches onto the cervix. It tends to get worse by the end of the day. Edema need not be a cause for worry, unless you notice swelling in your face and around the eyes, or if your hands and feet swell up unusually. Call a doctor immediately to rule out preeclampsia. To prevent edema, put your feet up whenever possible. Remember to stretch your legs and rotate your ankles whenever possible. Wear comfortable shoes that don’t constrict your feet. And most important of all, drink plenty of water. Your feet will get back to their normal size after delivery when the body eliminates all the excess fluid.
As the baby continues to grow, other internal organs make way for an expanding uterus, which causes lower back pain. The weight gain makes you feel uneasy and uncomfortable. Hormonal changes within the body also contribute to the problem; they relax the pelvic muscles and loosen them to prepare for delivery. These hormones also loosen muscles around the spine area and lead to backaches. Like most pregnancy related symptoms, this too shall pass. Avoid wearing heels and sleeping on your back to prevent backache. If the pain persists, ask your doctor if she could prescribe pain medications. 
At around 34-36 weeks, babies move into the head-down position, i.e. they turn their head down towards the birth canal. It frequently happens among first-time moms. In the initial stages of pregnancy when there was enough room for him to move, your baby was less likely to assume the cephalic (head-down) position. But as his size increases, your uterus seems too small. Thus, he moves into a comfortable position. For subsequent pregnancies, the uterus stretches to accommodate the baby. He may take his own sweet time to move head-down. Sometimes, the baby turns just before labor. When you are pregnant with twins, both or one of the babies may not take the head-down position. If your doctor predicts a breech or head-up pregnancy, the doctor may suggest a C-section.
[ Read: Precautions During 9th Month Pregnancy ]
Changes In The Baby’s Body At Week 35:
Your baby isn’t kicking up a storm as he did earlier because there’s little room for him in the womb to monkey around. But, when he kicks, he sure does it like a pro! Here are some of the changes in the baby’s body at week 35:
The third trimester is when babies gain the most weight- at least by a quarter of a kilo every week. He also continues to build fat, especially around the shoulders. By week 35, your baby has around 15% of fat. By the time he’s ready to be born, it increases to around 30%. The fat helps ease the wrinkles in the skin and keeps him warm outside the womb. The weight gain also helps him get into the head-down position.
At pregnancy 35 weeks, your baby’s development is almost complete except for a few internal organs like the lungs that are yet to mature. The baby’s brain also continues to develop rapidly. His kidneys are fully developed while the liver has begun functioning. Your baby is now practicing blinking. His ears are fully formed and functioning. That probably explains why the little angel kicks excitedly when you speak or sing to him. The baby also continues to shed lanugo and vernix. To the uninitiated, lanugo refers to the fine layer of hair that protects the baby’s body inside the womb. Vernix is the white cheese like stuff on the baby’s body when he is born. It protects his skin and acts as a natural moisturizer. Antibodies transfer from the mother to the child through the placenta.
[ Track Your Baby’s Growth: Pregnancy Due Date Calendar ]
Size Of The Baby At 35 Weeks Pregnancy:
Your baby now weighs around 2.5 kilos by now and measures around 18 inches in height. He compares to a cantaloupe in this stage.
Tips To Help You Manage Week 35:
Only 4% of babies are born on their due date; so relax because there’s still time for him to pop-out. Here are some tips to help you cope with pregnancy week 35:
It’s not time yet to pack your hospital bag (unless the doctor has indicated preterm labor). But you can start preparing by shopping for his clothes, equipment, furniture, etc. You may also have to start shopping for breasts pads or nursing bras because your breasts may begin to leak colostrum (if they haven’t until now).
As you gain weight, your breasts may become heavy leaving you uncomfortable, especially while sleeping. Nursing bras are comfortable to wear and can also be worn during the day.
The first few weeks after delivery are going to be hectic. You may not have the time to sleep, let alone cook or organize things at home. Use your time now to plan the days ahead. Get phone numbers of professional house cleaners, local takeaway outlets and other service providers you may need. It is also the time to zero in on a pediatrician for the baby.
[ Read: Exercises For Normal Delivery ]
You can also begin to stock up sanitary napkins, toilet paper, and other essential toiletries like soap, toothbrush, etc. You will also have to take a call on important issues like umbilical cord banking.
The baby is growing rapidly, and you need to keep pace with him by eating well. Include food rich in iron, protein, and calcium in your daily diet to prevent anemia. The continuously expanding uterus pushes your stomach making you feel full faster. It can lead to difficult digestion and can affect your diet. Eat smaller meals throughout the day to prevent indigestion and stomach ache.
While you don’t have to sweat it out at the gym, doctors advise pregnant moms to stay active through regular exercises. Walking and swimming are excellent physical activities. But remember to speak to your health practitioner beforehand.
[ Read: 9th Month Pregnancy Diet ]
What If Baby Is Born Now:
Babies born before 37 weeks are considered preterm, but if he’s born at 35 weeks, doctors may classify this as late preterm. These babies do not usually look premature and are unlikely to have major problems. However, he may have trouble breathing (remember his lungs are yet to mature). He may have to live on an incubator to maintain body temperature (his body is yet to gain fat). Premature birth is common in pregnancies involving twins and multiple babies, or if you suffer from complications like preeclampsia or UTI. Sometimes, the cervix is quite weak and may dilate too early. Preterm delivery is also common among teens and in late pregnancy. Using alcohol, drugs, or tobacco also contributes to preterm labor.
Tips To Dads-to-be:
Your wife isn’t in the best of her moods. Sometimes, she is irritable and sometimes she is emotional and may cry at the drop of a hat. Quite understandably, you may be anxious that the phase is likely to stay forever. Relax, because this is temporary. When she is in one of her elements, blame it on her hormones. Remember, say ‘YES’ to everything she says. ‘Do you think I should opt for drugs during labor? ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you think an epidural makes sense?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you think natural childbirth is best?’ ‘Yes!’ Agree with her always.
As much as you sympathize with her, don’t try to patronize her. When she complains about the lack of sleep or her backache, or if she regrets her pregnancy, don’t begin a sermon on her need to stay strong. If she complains of a backache, ask if a massage would help. If she says she is tired, offer her to help with dinner or other chores.
How did you cope with week 35 pregnancy? What was your experience? Do you have any stories, experiences, or questions to share with us? Leave a comment below. Fellow moms would love to hear from you.
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