35 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know

35 Weeks Pregnant - Everything You Need To Know

You’re 35 weeks pregnant!

By now you’re probably feeling a bit tired of being pregnant.

When you think about how close you are to your due date, the reality of how little time to go might hit you!

Have you finished organising your hospital bag?

Make sure it’s packed and ready to go, especially in case your baby decides to make an early appearance.

35 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know

Birthing at home and excited about setting up a birth space?

Many women enjoy collecting items and objects that 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.

Be sure to read Creating Your Birth Space – 5 Things You Need To Do for tips on how to set up the perfect space to labour and birth. 

Have you thought about sleeping arrangements when you bring baby home?

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:

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with everything you ‘should’ organise for your baby.

As long as you have a safe sleeping space and a car seat to bring her home in, the rest can be organised quite easily.

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35 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms

Week 35 of pregnancy and you’re probably not feeling the pregnancy glow right now.

Your uterus is right up to your ribs now.

This is making things pretty interesting in the breathing and bending down department.

Your uterus is an amazing 1000 times its normal non pregnant size.

What it means to you right now is all of your internal organs are being squashed.

This impacts how much you can eat and how often you’re experiencing reflux or heartburn

Try eating small, frequent meals rather than three larger ones.

If heartburn is a problem, find out what you can do to relieve it in Heartburn During Pregnancy – Remedies and Relief.

Your bladder is also being squished by baby which means more frequent trips to the toilet.

Thi is very likely interrupting your sleep, assuming you’re getting any between the pregnancy insomnia and restless legs.

Restless legs are one of the most irritating pregnancy symptoms because it only seems to happen when you’re lying down, trying to sleep.

Try to avoid drinking too much fluid right before bed.

If insomnia and restless legs are a problem, you could try using your intake of magnesium and potassium.

You can have an Epsom salts bath which will also help to alleviate aches and pains you’re probably feeling in your back and hips.

Including foods such as bananas, dried fruit, nuts, and avocado can also up your intake of these minerals.

35 Weeks Pregnant – Cramping

Braxton Hicks contractions continue, which is your body preparing for labour.

It’s pretty amazing to see how hard and tight your belly can get.

Just keep in mind these practice contractions shouldn’t be painful and should ease if you move about.

Cramping can be a sign of preterm labour, especially if you have any bleeding or spotting. 

If you experience any bleeding with regular contractions contact your doctor or midwife immediately.

35 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

Your baby’s brain continues to grow at an amazing pace.

Even though his brain is growing, his skull is still quite soft

This allows the skull bones to overlap during his descent through the birth canal.

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.

It’s a good idea to pay attention to when your baby is active.

Fetal activity is a sign all is going well in there.

Babies sleep a lot in the womb, but you should feel movements quite regularly.

Read Baby Kicking – 9 Facts You Need To Know to find out what’s normal and how to keep track of your baby’s movements. 

Your baby’s hearing is fully developed now.

This means he’s paying attention to the sounds outside the womb.

You might notice your baby reacting to sounds and voices he recognises.

Your and your partners voices will be well known to him by the time he is born.

Your baby’s weight is about 2.5 kg and she may measure around 47 cm long, the size of a honeydew melon.

He won’t get much longer between now and birth, but he will continue to gain weight.

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Last Updated: February 11, 2019

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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