Week 35 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Final Preparations and Maternal Changes

Baby Size at Week 35: At week 35, your baby is approximately the size of a honeydew melon, measuring around 18.2 inches (46.2 cm) from head to toe and weighing about 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg).

Development of the Baby: Your baby’s development is nearing completion at this stage. The lungs are fully developed, and the baby is practicing breathing movements. The digestive system is also maturing, preparing your little one for independent feeding after birth.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  1. Increased Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may notice more frequent and intense Braxton Hicks contractions as your body prepares for labor. These contractions are usually irregular and don’t indicate the start of active labor.
  2. Pelvic Pressure: As your baby continues to grow and descend into the pelvis, you may experience increased pelvic pressure and discomfort.
  3. Fatigue: The physical demands of pregnancy can lead to increased fatigue and tiredness. Make sure to get enough rest and listen to your body’s needs.
  4. Increased Vaginal Discharge: You may notice an increase in vaginal discharge, which is normal during pregnancy. However, if the discharge becomes watery or bloody, contact your healthcare provider.
  5. Nesting Instinct: Many women experience a surge of energy and the urge to organize and prepare their home for the arrival of the baby. This is known as the nesting instinct.

Common Symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Backaches and hip pain
  • Swollen ankles and feet
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Difficulty sleeping

Tips for Week 35:

  1. Stay Active: Engage in gentle exercises like walking or prenatal yoga to help alleviate discomfort and maintain your energy levels.
  2. Practice Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help prepare you for labor and reduce the risk of urinary incontinence postpartum.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and to support healthy amniotic fluid levels.
  4. Maintain Good Posture: Proper posture can help relieve backaches and improve overall comfort. Use pillows or a pregnancy support belt for additional support.
  5. Pack Your Hospital Bag: Start preparing your hospital bag with essential items for labor and postpartum. Include comfortable clothing, toiletries, and items for the baby.

FAQs:

  1. Can I still exercise at this stage of pregnancy?
    • Yes, exercise is generally safe during pregnancy, but it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting or continuing any exercise routine. They can provide guidance based on your specific circumstances.
  2. Why am I experiencing frequent backaches?
    • Backaches are common during pregnancy due to the added weight and changes in posture. Hormonal changes and the relaxation of ligaments can also contribute to back pain. Gentle exercises, warm compresses, and good posture can help alleviate discomfort.
  3. What are Braxton Hicks contractions, and when should I be concerned?
    • Braxton Hicks contractions are mild, irregular contractions that can occur throughout pregnancy. They are often described as a tightening sensation in the abdomen. If you experience regular contractions that increase in intensity, last for a minute or longer, and occur at regular intervals, contact your healthcare provider as this could be a sign of preterm labor.

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