35 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
35 WEEKS PREGNANT
Are you as anxious as ever to finally meet your little one? Well, at 35 weeks pregnant, you don’t have much longer to wait, so just hang in there! You might be scrambling to get things done since you’re getting so close to your due date, but don’t overwork yourself or give yourself anxiety over not having things perfect for the baby’s arrival because your little one won’t know the difference. As long as you have all the basic essentials you’ll need to care for your baby – something for the baby to sleep in, diapers, bottles (if you’re using them), clothing to keep the baby warm, and a car seat for the baby – that’s all that you need. Take these last few weeks before your baby is born to relax and mentally prepare yourself for the baby’s arrival.
At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby is as big as a spaghetti squash! Your little one should be measuring around 18.2 inches long from head to foot and should weigh about 5.3 pounds right now. Baby won’t get much longer between now and birth but will continue to gain weight – at least another pound or two!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 35
Thankfully, the days of dealing with all the annoying and uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms are coming to an end. Bet you can’t wait, huh? The pregnancy symptoms you’ll experience at 35 weeks pregnant aren’t much different than previous weeks, so you’re probably pretty used to them by now, but just to be thorough, here are the symptoms you’ll have to deal with this week:
- Aching hips and pelvis. You may be feeling some aches and pains in your hips and pelvis, which is completely normal for this stage in your pregnancy. Your ligaments are stretching and every muscle, ligament, and tendon in your body is feeling the stress of your enlarged uterus. Changing positions often when lying or sitting can often help relieve some of the achiness and pain. Keep hanging in there!
- Peeing frequently. This is one symptom you’re completely used to by now – and probably more than just a little fed up with! You feel like you spend 90% of your day waddling to the bathroom to pee – even if you haven’t had a lot to drink! While this is one very annoying symptom, don’t let it keep you from drinking plenty of fluids, so you stay nice and hydrated. It’ll be over soon!
- Braxton Hicks contractions. Yep, you’ll still have these wonderful practice contractions to deal with until you go into actual labor. You may notice an increase in the Braxton Hicks contractions at this point, but they’re not the real deal just yet. Try to rest as much as possible and drink lots of water, which can help reduce the discomfort you’ll feel when these suckers sneak up on you!
- Constipation. Ah, yes, the most uncomfortable of all the pregnancy symptoms. Making sure you’re eating a lot of fiber-filled foods can help make it easier to go, but if you find you’re still having issues with constipation, talk to your doctor about possible fiber supplements or stool softeners that you can safely take.
35 WEEKS PREGNANT BELLY
At this point, you’ve got that pregnancy waddle perfected, you can’t see your feet, and if you drop something on the floor, well, it just has to stay there because you can’t bend over to pick it up. All of that probably makes your belly feel enormous, doesn’t it? It’s no wonder, though, considering that by 35 weeks pregnant, your uterus has grown 1000 times its normal size! Pretty amazing, huh?
Even though you still have 5 weeks until your due date, there is always the small chance you could go into labor early, so you need to know what signs to watch for just in case. If those Braxton Hicks contractions start becoming more painful and you can’t seem to get them to go away, you could be having real contractions. Real contractions will be more regular, they’ll start coming closer together, and they will increase in intensity. You should also watch for signs that your water has broken – this could happen as a gush of fluid or it could be a constant trickle of fluid. If you think you’re having real contractions or that your water has broken, contact your OB right away.
35 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
At 35 weeks pregnant, the baby is fully developed. Between now and the day you give birth, the baby will continue to gain weight, so the longer baby stays snuggled up inside your belly, the fatter he will be when he’s born.
Most babies are in the head down position by now, so you might feel some additional pressure in your pelvic region, which can make walking a bit more uncomfortable these days. If you want to try to relieve some of that pressure, get down on your hands and knees with your belly pointed toward the floor. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief at the instant change in pressure you’ll feel. Go ahead – try it!
You might be tested this week for Group B Strep. This is a simple test in which your doctor will swab your vagina and rectum and then have the swab tested for Group B Strep. This is a common bacterium that won’t harm you at all, but it can harm the baby during delivery if you test positive for it. If you do have it, you’ll receive a dose of antibiotics during delivery to prevent the baby from being exposed to it and everything will be just fine!
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 35 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Aside from getting as much rest as possible and putting the final touches on the preparations for the baby’s arrival, there isn’t a whole lot you should be doing at 35 weeks pregnant, but here are a couple suggestions of things you can do while you’re resting:
- Study the signs of labor. Many women go into labor and don’t realize it right away. Labor happens differently for everyone, so study up on all the signs that labor has started so you’ll know when it actually happens!
- Check your bag for the hospital. You should have already packed your bag for the hospital, but if you haven’t, do it now! If you have already packed it, go ahead and double check that you have everything you’ll want or need for both you and the baby during your stay in the hospital.
- Sam C's Editorial Team