35 WEEKS PREGNANT
From this week, you will be seeing your doctor weekly till you deliver.
At this point, your belly is making you uncomfortable insofar doing simple things can make you tired. If you have not already prepared for the baby’s arrival, you should be doing it as soon as you can.
Go through your checklist of items you need and things you need to do. For your baby, the most important thing to do is to prepare a safe place for him or her to sleep in at home, and if you drive, have an infant car seat for the journey home.
Prepare your baby’s clothings and diapers and importantly, wet tissue (this will be a life saver, trust us)!
Pooping during delivery is probably one of the many worries that mums to be have. However, strike that worry off your list as this actually happens all the time and your doctor won’t bat an eyelid about it. More importantly, they will keep you and the baby safe and healthy throughout the delivery process.
35 weeks pregnant is how many months? 35 weeks pregnant is eight months and three weeks pregnant. You got about five weeks till your due date.
35 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 35 weeks? Your baby is the size of a pineapple, which is about 46.3cm.
The current weight of your baby is about 2.4kilograms.
35 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
35 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
As you are almost at the end of being 8 months pregnant, you will find your baby bigger than ever, and your body ever-changing.
Being 35 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptom that your body might be experiencing:
- Frequent peeing. Yes you find the constant urge to urinate. Your uterus, together with the head-down baby which is now lower in the pelvis area, is pressing against your bladder, making you take frequent trips to the toilet. But don’t let the frequent toilet trips stop you from drinking water, because if you are dehydrated, your baby suffers too.
- Backaches. As your baby sits lower in your pelvis, this exerts more strain on your back causing you to develop back pain. Do take lots of rest and sit often whenever possible.
- Bleeding gums. Your pregnancy hormones will cause you to have tender and swollen gums. Ensure you brush and floss regularly.
- Stuffed nose. The mucus membranes in your nose flare up, causing you to have a blocked nose. A tried and tested remedy would be to run your nose over a pot of steaming hot water to unclog it.
- Constipation. The hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles in your digestive track, which means food passes through your intestine more slowly. This is in addition to your growing uterus putting pressure on your rectum. Remember to eat high fibre foods!
- Braxton Hicks Contractions. At this stage you might be having frequent contractions. Do keep an eye on the contractions and alert your doctor if you feel it to be different than usual.
Fun fact: Your uterus is now 1000 times it’s original size before you got pregnant.
35 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
At 35 weeks pregnant, your uterus is now about one thousand times its normal size. Amazing isn’t it?
You will soon be going into labour, and about 11 percent of mothers give birth prematurely. So watch out for these going-into-labour signs and rush to the hospital if you experience any of these labour signs:
- Water breaking. If you experience a flow of water from your vagina, which can be a big gush of water like in the movies, or a slow constant trickle of water, your water has broken.
- Strong and regular contractions. Strong contractions are your body’s way of helping to push the baby out, so if you experience strong contractions that are closer than five minutes apart for more than an hour, you know it is time.
- Bloody vaginal discharge. Few days before your delivery, you may notice an increased in vaginal discharge. It is pink, brown and slightly bloody. This is the release of the mucous plug which blocks the cervix (opening to the uterus) during pregnancy. If you are going into labour, the cervix begins to dilate, and the mucous plug will loosen up causing you to discharge it.
- Lower back pain and cramping. If you go into labour, you will feel cramping in your pelvic regions and a dull ache in your lower back.
Your doctor will also soon (this week or next week) be doing a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacterium group called group B streptococcus (GBS). While GBS is harmless to adults, it can cause serious complications in babies such as meningitis or blood infection. If you are a carrier (between 10 to 30 percent of women carry it unknowingly), you will receive IV antibiotics during delivery.
HOW IS MY BABY AT 35 WEEKS PREGNANT?
With your baby at the current size, it has very little room to move about. As the little one has less room to manoeuvre, it won’t be doing somersaults but will still be kicking the same number of times.
Ensure that you continue to monitor the kicks and highlight to your doctor if you spot any difference.
The baby’s hearing is now fully developed and is able to hear high pitched noises. The kidneys are also fully developed, and the liver can process waste products.
The nervous system and immune system are still maturing, but almost everything else is formed.
The basic physical development is now more or less complete, and all that is left would be to put on more weight as he or she readies for birth.
WHAT TO DO AT 35 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Understand the signs of going into labour
- Talk to someone if you are worried about giving birth