At 35 weeks, you may be feeling signals that labor is approaching, and your baby’s hearing is completely developed.
At 35 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is 18.2 inches long and weighs 5.3 pounds. That is around the size of a George Foreman Grill.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 35 weeks pregnant:
- Ultrasound at 35 Weeks for Your Baby and Your Body
- Your Life as a Real Mom Bumps at 35 Weeks Pregnant
Your Baby’s Development at 35 Weeks Pregnant
With barely five weeks to go, your baby is making some impressive developmental strides. Here’s everything you need to know about your baby at 35 weeks.
- Kidneys and liver: In fetal development news, your baby’s kidneys and liver are functional and beginning to, hmm, process.
- Slower growth: Around this time, your baby’s growth begins to level off. They’re still gaining weight and growing plump, but they’ll only grow a few more inches before delivery.
- Listening in: Your baby’s hearing has grown significantly. They’ve been listening to your voice for a while now, and they may have picked up on your partner’s as well. High-pitched or loud stimuli may also elicit a reaction in your infant.
Ultrasound at 35 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: 35 Weeks Pregnant Signs and Symptoms
While your kid is putting the finishing touches on growth, you may be anticipating the arrival of your little one. It’s no easy chore to be 35 weeks pregnant! At 35 weeks, here’s what to anticipate.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: Do you get a feeling of tension throughout your tummy? Those cramping feelings are most likely Braxton Hicks contractions preparing you for delivery. (For additional information on this early indicator of labor, see the section below.)
- Fatigue: It’s very understandable if you’re tired right now. You’re lugging an extra 25 to 35 pounds with you wherever you go. Plus, it’s difficult to have a good night’s sleep when you can’t get comfortable! Allow yourself to take a nap or go to bed early this weekend.
- Shortness of breath: If your baby hasn’t yet dropped, they’re definitely crowding your lungs. When you walk the stairs or rush to work, you may find yourself short of breath. Try to relax a little more so you don’t pass out.
- Hip pain: Your joints and ligaments are softening in preparation for the baby’s passage through the birth canal. As a result, you may have some instability or discomfort in your hip region.
- Frequent urination: You’re running out of room in there for anything new, even urine. As a result, trips to the restroom are most likely often these days.
Your Life When You’re 35 Weeks Pregnant
With just over a month before your due date, things are starting to get serious. Here are a few suggestions to keep you occupied before the last weeks.
- Consider what you want and need from family members and close friends before, during, and after your delivery as you draft your birth plan. Do you want your loved ones to be present in the delivery room? Or do you want to keep it private? What about hospital visitors? And will someone be available to assist you after you return home? Setting clear expectations—and, if necessary, boundaries—ahead of time will provide you with one less thing to worry about on the big day.
- Consider the following: Take an infant CPR lesson before your baby makes its appearance. You’ll feel better knowing you have the knowledge and practice necessary to keep your kid safe in an emergency.
- Baby name guessing game: What is the length of your baby name list? If you haven’t chosen a clear winner, now is a good time to start narrowing down your top choices. And, if you’ve already decided, remember that it’s fine to alter your mind. After all, it’s a huge choice.
- Purchase the following equipment: Nursing tanks are two words. If you opt to nurse, these airy clothes are ideal. They may be worn on their own on a hot day, to bed for easy access and support at night, or underneath a warm sweater during the cooler months. Choose a few colors and styles for your new parent-of-a-newborn outfit.
When Is My Baby Considered Full-Term?
At 39 weeks, your pregnancy will be deemed full term, therefore you only have four weeks until a completely cooked babe!
Previously, any pregnancy that lasted at least 37 weeks was deemed “term.” However, in recent years, OBs have modified the categorization because every week can make a significant impact in fetal growth. Babies born between 37 and 38 weeks aren’t usually as ready for the world as those born at 39 and 40 weeks since the brain, lungs, vision, hearing, and other organs are still maturing, and they’re gaining weight. Babies delivered beyond 41 weeks may be at a higher risk of issues that your doctor will want to keep an eye on. So it’s now like this:
- 37 weeks pregnant through the end of 38 weeks pregnant is considered early term.
- Full term is defined as being 39 weeks pregnant to the end of 40 weeks pregnant.
- Late term from 41 weeks pregnant until the end of 41 weeks
- Postterm pregnancy is defined as being 42 weeks pregnant or beyond.
The point is, whether you’re planning a c-section or an induction, don’t be in a hurry. It is best to wait until at least 39 weeks. Of course, if your baby decides they’re ready to come (i.e., you go into labor on your own), you’ll have to go with the flow!
Your Belly at 35 Weeks Pregnant
Your uterus has steadily moved up your abdomen and is now most likely under your rib cage. Isn’t that crazy? Soon, your baby may begin to migrate downward in preparation for delivery.
Your baby’s motions may have changed now that there is less room for them to roam about in there. There may be less sharp kicks and more wiggles and squirms, for example. You should keep up the kick counts, though, because the feelings may seem different, but they should occur just as frequently as before. Any declines or periods of less than 10 movements in two hours should be reported to your healthcare physician.
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