When you get to 35 weeks pregnant, it's normal for you to have mixed feelings. On the one hand, you couldn't be more excited:
You are a little more than a month away from meeting your baby for the first time. On the other hand, and especially if this is your first labour, you could be a bit scared. Over the course of your life, you've probably heard many stories about giving birth. Some women may have told you that it will be the worst pain in your life, while others probably say that it isn't such a big deal. Anyway, you've been doing everything you had to in order to assure your health and the baby's, and don't forget that you'll also be in good hands when delivery happens.
In the meantime, don't hesitate to learn the best tips to nail it at pregnancy week 35.
35 weeks pregnant: Getting tight, buddy?
During these days, you are getting ready for the 'big moment', and so is your future child. He's making a final sprint in his development, above all getting nice and plump. Once you’re 35 weeks pregnant, he's achieved most of the abilities that he'll have after being born, so he's mainly 'focused' on gaining weight. Do you want to know how big he may be by now? Well, the growing foetus has reached, more or less, 20 inches long, while he weighs around 5.5 pounds. His rhythm of weight gain should be steady, but he could end up packing on anywhere from one up to many pounds (every baby grows at a different pace) before he leaves the womb. But the bigger he becomes, the less space he will have inside your uterus. Those days where he felt like a free bird, performing somersaults with 'grace', are over. He's adapting to a more tightened space, yet he won't quit kicking!
At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby-to-be is tweaking other 'mechanisms' that make up his complex 'engine'. Take a look at some of them:
- He now has fully developed kidneys
- His liver is now capable of filtering unwanted substances from his body
- The baby's shoulders now have extra fat to protect him on his way out of your uterus
- Meconium, the baby's first stool made out of all the material he's been ingesting until now, keeps growing in his bowels.
- Intense brain activity is taking place inside his skull, which stays soft to make labour easier.
35 weeks pregnant: Pee strikes back
By pregnancy week 35, you'll have both an unexpected and undesirable reencounter with one of the symptoms that made the first trimester less pleasant. Do you remember when you used to be 'attached' to the toilet, because of the frequent urination caused by the pregnancy hormones? Well, take that experience as an advantage because you already know how to deal with this urgency to pee. When you are 35 weeks pregnant, though, it is your growing baby and his position, facing downwards, that's provoking your constant trips to the bathroom.
While having the need to pee, don't try to make it better by drinking less fluids. Remember that your water intake needs to be higher than a normal woman's as an expectant mother, because it's vital in the foetus' development. Practicing pelvic floor exercises or kegel exercises to make the pelvic muscles stronger may help you minimize this side effect at 35 weeks pregnant. Don't be surprised if you accidentally pee while sneezing or coughing (it's normal!), so keep extra underwear on hand!
At week 35, pregnancy will 'remind' you how close you are to its end through other symptoms as well, such as:
- Heartburn: it may get worse during these days, due to the growing foetus (it's 'invading' your abdominal area).
- Overheat: it can cause headaches and dizziness. Make sure you keep your home well ventilated during these days.
- Haemorrhoids: another nightmare to face during the last stage of pregnancy. As you may already know, they are varicose veins that show up in your rectal area. They are pretty painful!
- 'Foggy' brain: are you forgetting more things than usual? It happens. Both the lack of sleep and the reduced number of blood cells are provoking it. It'll go away after birth.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: your body is practising with preliminary contractions.
- Clumsiness: your centre of gravity may be a little risky, since you've got an enormous bump. Don't compromise yourself and the baby by doing dangerous activities.
Things are coming together when you reach 35 weeks pregnant. You just have a final effort ahead, before you can stop calling yourself a mum-to-be and start feeling like a Mummy (with a capital M!). Don't let the pesky symptoms affect your mood, and be sure to keep up all the healthy behaviours like a balanced diet and light exercise that you've been committed to for the last few months. Come on, mum, you can do this!