How Many Months Pregnant Are You At 35 Weeks?
How Big Is Your Baby At 35 Weeks?
Babies in this week are said to be about the size of a honeydew melon (1). On average, a baby measures 18.19in (46.2cm) in length and weighs 5.25lb (2.383kg) (2). By this time, the baby’s development is almost complete.
Baby Development At 35 Weeks
The following section tells you about the general fetal development this week:
|Skin (3)||Less wrinkled, as fat gets deposited under the skin|
|Heart and blood vessels||Completely developed|
|Brain (4)||Developing faster than before|
|Lungs (5)||Almost developed and are creating surfactants|
|Genitals (1)||In boys, testicles descend from uterus to scrotum|
|Nails (5)||Toenails and fingernails extend to the tips of the toes and fingers|
|Lanugo (6)||The fine, downy hair has almost been shed off from the body|
The baby also develops a specific sleep pattern by this week and is bigger than before, leaving little space for movement inside the uterus.
Fetal position and movement: The baby attains the head-down position (vertex position) this week, and is curled up in the uterus with legs bent up towards the chest. Though there is very less room for the baby to move inside the womb, it changes the position in slow movements that you can feel.
Even if the baby is in a breech position, there is still time for the baby to move to an optimal position.
What Symptoms Do You Have In The 35th week Of Pregnancy?
Here are a few symptoms that pregnant women are likely to have during this week:
- You are likely to feel more tired and fatigued now than before as you are carrying an almost full-term baby.
- The growing belly puts pressure on the diaphragm, resulting in shortness of breath.
- The enlarged uterus puts pressure on the bladder, increasing the frequency of urination.
- The enlarged belly might affect your sleep.
- The enlarged uterus pushes the gastric acids upward into the esophagus, causing heartburn.
- The water retention in the body causes edema, which is swelling of the hand, foot, and face.
- The pressure put by the uterus on the rectal veins causes hemorrhoids, which is the swelling of the blood vessels in that area.
- The extra weight of the baby puts more pressure on the lower back, causing a backache.
- Progesterone hormone slows down the digestion process, leading to constipation.
- Braxton Hicks contractions are the irregular and less painful contractions that help the body prepare for labor.
- Your water may break, and a gush of vaginal fluid may occur indicating that delivery is imminent.
- The hormonal fluctuations can lead to occasional headaches.
- The extra blood flow to the lower part of the body can cause swelling of the blood vessels in the leg area, resulting in varicose veins.
- The hormonal fluctuations can result in loosening and bleeding of the gums.
- The growing uterus causes a shift in the center of the gravity in your body, making you clumsy at times.
- The hormonal changes increase your tendency of forgetfulness, which is quite common during this week.
As the baby grows, you will also experience physical and emotional changes at this time.
Changes In The Body In The 35th Week
Some women are likely to have these changes during this week.
- Enlarged belly with a protruding navel
- Tender and sore breasts
- Colostrum, a watery and milky fluid starts leaking from your breasts
- Bigger and darker areola and nipples
- Dark green or blue veins are visible around the breast and other parts of the body due to the increased blood flow
- Stretch marks
- Mood swings
- Fear and stress of labor and delivery
Preterm Labor In The 35th Week
Labor occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered preterm. Following are the signs of preterm labor (7):
- Experiencing five or more contractions in one hour
- Water leak from the vagina
- Abdominal cramping with or without diarrhea
- Pelvic cramping similar to that of menstrual cramps
- Pelvic pressure
- Lower backache that is constant or intermittent
- Vaginal discharge with a pink tint or streaks of blood
If you experience any of these symptoms, call for medical help. In the meantime, here is what you can do.
Tips To Deal With Preterm Labor
Here are some tips to evaluate the symptoms and find out whether or not you are really in labor.
- Contractions: As soon as you start feeling the contractions, walk around or lie down on your left side and see if they get stronger and frequent. Make a note of the number of contractions you experience as it can help the doctor gauge how the labor is progressing. You may be given certain medication to stop the contractions if there are no pregnancy complications.
- Water break: If you experience a continuous, watery discharge, then use a sanitary napkin or pad to prevent any infection and head to the hospital immediately. Once the water breaks, you will be predisposed to catch infections that may affect both you and your baby. Your doctor may put you on intravenous antibiotics to prevent any serious infections.
- Bleeding: If you notice vaginal bleeding, use a sanitary pad to contain it. Go to the hospital as soon as you can, so that the doctor can check for any internal reasons for bleeding.
- Pelvic or back pain: Get a gentle massage done by your partner. You can also use a warm compress for relief. If the pain persists, then contact your doctor. They will check if you are in labor.
When To Call The Doctor
- You notice any significant change in your baby’s movement.
- Have a sudden weight gain, swelling of hands and face, blurred vision, persistent headache, breathlessness, lightheadedness and abdominal pain.
- The color of the urine is dark yellow or orange, with or without odor and is accompanied by an abdominal or lower back pain. A burning sensation or vaginal itching might indicate UTI.
- Extreme thirst and dry mouth, accompanied by blurred vision, fatigue, dizziness.
- Unilateral swelling with or without pain, along with tenderness in the leg.
Usually, babies born between 34 and 37 weeks are considered as late preterm infants or near-term infants do well but some might need close monitoring for a few days as compared to the full-term babies as they might be slightly more prone to respiratory difficulties, jaundice, and a risk of catching infection (8).
If the symptoms are normal and there is no indication of preterm labor or other complications, schedule the usual weekly OB/GYN visit.
Your OB/GYN Visit
Your appointment with the doctor this week would ideally include:
- Weight check
- Blood pressure
- Fundal height
- Ultrasound, to check the position and health of the baby.
- Group B strep test; the screening test of the vaginal swab checks for group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection. If GBS is detected, then antibiotics will be given during to reduce any risk of infection to the baby (9).
Tips For Mom-to-be
- Always get up slowly from the lying position to avoid any jerky movements.
- Taking a warm bath eases the discomfort caused by leg cramps, hemorrhoids, and back pain.
- Avoid carbonated drinks, spicy and citrus foods in the case of heartburn.
- Eat healthy and home-cooked meals.
- Walking will help you feel energetic and have a good night’s sleep.
- Stay hydrated but drink less water at least one hour before going to bed. This reduces the urge to urinate during the night and ensures an undisturbed sleep.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
- Get a massage from a professional masseuse to ease the back pain and body aches.
- Avoid taking any medication without the doctor’s advice.
- Inquire about cord blood banking and register for it, if interested.
- Find out about your healthcare center’s childbirth and pain relief options.
- Arrange for childcare if you already have a kid. This could be of great help while you go into labor.
- Spend more time with your family and friends. Do not hesitate to share any concerns with them.
- Read pregnancy-related books.
- Enroll in childbirth classes to learn about labor and the techniques of birthing.
Tips For Dad-to-be
- Search for a pediatrician in your area.
- Help with the daily household chores.
- Accompany to all the prenatal visits.
- Ensure that the hospital bag is ready with all the necessary items.
- Go on walks and attend pregnancy classes.
- Plan a day out for a change.
- Be available on call in the case of emergency.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do babies sleep in the womb at 35 weeks?
According to experts, after around 18 weeks, babies like to sleep in the womb while their mothers are awake (10). A 2009 research highlighted that “after about seven months growing in the womb, a human fetus spends most of its time asleep. Its brain cycles back and forth between the frenzied activity of rapid eye movement sleep and the quiet resting state of nonREM sleep (11).”
2. Is the 35th week good for delivery?
Babies born between 34 and 37 weeks are considered ‘late premature.’ Though these babies are almost full term, they are still premature to survive, which raises their risk of developing health complications. Hence, these babies should stay in the NICU for observation (12).
3. Why does it hurt when my baby moves at 35 weeks?
When your baby is in a head-down position and kicking, you may feel pain or soreness in your ribs. However, you should speak to your doctor if the pain is severe or if you feel the pain under the ribs (13).
4. Is it normal to feel pressure down there at 35 weeks?
Feeling mild pressure on the vaginal area during pregnancy isn’t a matter of concern. At around 35 weeks, the pressure on the vagina could be due to your baby’s head pushing down. However, if the pressure begins feeling like pain and is accompanied by symptoms, such as bloody discharge, you should get examined for preterm labor (14).
Once you are 35 weeks pregnant, your body will show increased and prominent pregnancy symptoms such as a darker linea nigra or leaking of breasts. This is natural and only indicates that you are nearing your due date. In addition, you need to be aware of the signs of preterm labor to ensure a smooth and safe delivery. As you enter the 35th week, you may also experience certain discomforts such as edema, bleeding gums, and more. Do not be alarmed, and consult your doctor in case of any such problems.
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Dr. Sangeeta Agrawal(FRCOG, MD, DNB, DGO)
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