At thirty-five weeks pregnant, it is nearly time! Now you’ve reached 35 weeks, your baby is bigger than ever, and your body just keeps on changing. Find out everything you need to know about your baby, your body and any symptoms you may be experiencing at 35 weeks pregnant.
How big is my baby at 35 weeks?
Your baby’s now the size of a honeydew melon, measuring over 18 inches long and weighing around five and a quarter pounds. They will keep gaining weight until the delivery day, meaning they will have that gorgeous, plump, squishy look that makes babies so adorable.
What’s my baby doing at 35 weeks?
Now there’s less room to move around, your little one might actually start to push rather than kick - and if they do, you may even be able to see a teeny weeny foot imprint through your bump. Now they are so close to being a fully functioning little human being, they will spend most of the rest of your pregnancy putting on weight.
Your baby may not be somersaulting anymore due to taking up so much space in your womb, but the number of kicks should remain around the same, so make sure you’re monitoring this and checking in with your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns.
Excitingly, most of your baby’s basic physical development is now complete, with fully developed kidneys, and their liver even processing some waste products. The rapidly growing brain means their head weighs more - extra fun for you when there’s even more pressure than usual on your bladder!
7 common symptoms to look out for at 35 weeks pregnant:
What is my body doing at 35 weeks pregnant?
Your blood pressure will be checked regularly by your doctor or midwife. If they find it’s getting higher, they’ll advise you to rest a lot more and maybe even do more tests because they want to prevent pre-eclampsia.
This is also the time when some women are advised they may need a caesarean. In fact, one in five births in the UK are C-sections. It could be because of concerns about the position or safety of the baby - for instance, if it’s breach - or because your doctor thinks it’s safer for you both. But if you don’t feel sure, research it thoroughly, ask all the questions you need to, and if you’re not comfortable, seek another opinion.
What to do this week:
Talk to your partner, friends or family if you’re feeling worried about giving birth. It’s absolutely normal to be nervous about what to expect when it comes to labour.
But rest assured that a lot of women are worried and self-conscious about things like pooing in labour (it happens all the time - your midwife will deal with it and you probably won’t even notice), screaming, shouting and swearing (they’ve heard it all before), and not looking your best (frankly you’ll be so busy giving birth that will be the least of your worries on the day). Also, don’t stress about the safety of your baby – it’s the job of your medical team and midwife to do everything they can to keep you both safe and healthy and make sure that you have the best possible birth experience.
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