35 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 35 Weeks Pregnant
Welcome to your 35th week of pregnancy! You’re probably thinking that time is really flying by. Though you have a few weeks to go yet, it’s important to get prepared in case baby comes early, if you haven’t already. This means ensuring that you have all the necessary items for taking care of baby at home, including nappies and clothing.
Thinking about sleeping arrangements for your new baby? Check out our articles Sleeping Arrangements For Your Baby – What Should You Do? and 5 Sleep Options For Your Baby – Where Will Your Baby Sleep?.
Most babies love the closeness and comfort of co-sleeping – but the social stigma or over dramatised media stories (which are often due to unsafe co-sleeping practices being used, for example, falling asleep on a sofa – a big no-no) can put parents off. Check out our articles by the world’s leading authority on babies and co-sleeping, Professor James McKenna, which covers concerns like rolling on your baby while co-sleeping, is co-sleeping safe? and more.
You also need to arrange have a child safety seat fitted for your car if you haven’t already. Make sure you get an experienced professional to do this, because too many self installed restraints are not fitted correctly – especially ones they find in car accidents. It is not worth the risk.
Also, if you’re birthing in a hospital, ensure that your hospital and labour bags are packed. It’s a good idea to make a list of things you need to do just before going to hospital, including any calls you need to make. Keep it with your bag, so that nothing goes undone if you should leave in a hurry. Wondering what to pack? Check out our article about what to pack for hospital. Make any arrangements needed for your home and pets while you’re gone, if any are required.
35 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
There’s a good chance that you’re a bit tired of being pregnant by now. Your symptoms remain, including heartburn, swollen ankles, lack of sleep and aches and pains. Rest easy; it’s nearly over. Continue with your visits to the doctor or midwife, and get as much rest as you can.
Your weight gain may be increasing. You can expect to gain about .22 grams each week from now until baby is born. At this point, most of that weight gain is directly related to baby’s weight gain; you’re no longer putting on padding – hallelujah!
Baby’s head is really growing now, and this extra weight is probably putting even more pressure on your bladder. You’re making more trips than ever to the loo right now. Some days the problem may be worse than others.
In addition, baby’s head is probably facing down, and he may have even started to descend into the birth canal. Watch for this, as it’s a sign he might come early. It can make the urge to go to the bathroom stronger, and can make you more uncomfortable.
Don’t try to compensate for you constant need to urinate by cutting back on fluid. Your body needs a lot of fluid right now. Dehydration can be dangerous for both of you.
Braxton Hicks contractions are probably getting more frequent. That’s a good sign that your body is getting ready for the birth.
35 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby’s weight may be as much as 2.8 kg. and she may measure around 47 cm long. She won’t get much longer between now and birth, but she will continue to gain weight.
There’s a lot of fetal activity now. Baby is really paying attention to the sounds outside the womb. Continue to let him hear your voice regularly. He can hear high-pitched sounds best.