35 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body and Your Baby

You’re 35 weeks pregnant!

By now you are probably feeling a bit tired of being pregnant. Your uterus is right up to your ribs now, which makes breathing much more difficult. All of your internal organs are being squashed, causing heartburn and frequent trips to the toilet to empty your crowded bladder.

Lack of sleep, aches and pains, swollen ankles – you aren’t feeling the pregnancy glow right now. You’re in the home stretch now and will be meeting your baby soon.

35 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

You will probably start seeing your care provider weekly from now. If you are birthing at hospital it’s a good idea to make sure you have your bag packed and ready to go. Wondering what to pack? Check out our article about what to pack for hospital.

If you are birthing at home, you might be excited about setting up a birth space. Many women enjoy collecting items and objects which can be used to visually remind them of their strength and power during labour. You don’t have to be a home birth mama to want to positively set up your birth space. Think about what you’d like to take into hospital to help you cope during labour.

Make any arrangements needed for your home and pets while you’re gone, if any are required. After your baby is born, have you thought about where she will sleep? Most babies love the closeness and comfort of co-sleeping but there is a lot of misinformation out there that can put parents off. Check out our articles covering co-sleeping topics like rolling on your, safety and more:

Where Should Your Baby Sleep? Deciding Where Baby Will Sleep

Rolling Onto Baby While Co-Sleeping – Should You Worry?

5 Sleep Options For Your Baby – Where Will Your Baby Sleep?

35 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

Your baby’s brain continues to grow at an amazing pace, preparing the way for receiving stimulation at birth. If you haven’t already been eating plenty of omega 3 and DHA rich foods, it’s a good time to incorporate them into your diet (think oily fish such as salmon and tuna). Even though his brain is growing, his skull is still quite soft, which allows his head to pass through your pelvis at birth.

There’s a lot of fetal activity now, less big rolling movements and more jabs and pokes. Your baby is really running out of room in there. He is paying attention to the sounds outside the womb and reacting to those he recognises. Continue to let him hear your voice regularly. He can hear high-pitched sounds best.

Your baby’s weight is about 2.5 kg and she may measure around 47 cm long, the size of a large honeydew melon. He won’t get much longer between now and birth, but he will continue to gain weight.

Last Updated: November 15, 2016

CONTRIBUTOR

Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


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