Wow, you’re 35 weeks pregnant!
Just a few short weeks away from meeting your little one! At this stage of pregnancy, you may be feeling a mix of excitement and anticipation as you prepare for your baby’s arrival.
As your due date approaches, you may be wondering what to expect in the coming weeks, how to manage symptoms, and what you can do to prepare for delivery.
In this article, we’ll explore these topics and more to help you make the most of your last few weeks of pregnancy.
So grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, and let’s dive in!
How is the baby at 35 weeks pregnant?
Your baby is continuing to grow and develop rapidly. Here are some of the key developments happening regarding your baby’s growth at this stage of pregnancy:
Your baby is about the size of a honeydew melon, measuring 18 inches long, weighing around 5.25 pounds, and packing plenty of baby fat.
Your baby’s lungs are continuing to mature. The baby’s kidneys and liver are fully functional. Baby’s brain is also developing rapidly, with the ability to process information and control body temperature.
By 35 weeks, most babies are in a head-down position, known as the cephalic presentation, in preparation for delivery. However, some babies may still be in a breech position or move around frequently.
Your baby is still active, though the movements may differ as they have less room to move around in the uterus.
Your baby’s skin is becoming less translucent and more opaque, and the hair and nails continue to grow. Your baby’s eyes may detect light and dark and even open and close their eyes.
Your baby is gaining about half a pound per week at this stage of pregnancy.
It’s important to attend all scheduled prenatal appointments and discuss any concerns or questions you may have with your healthcare provider. They can provide more specific information about your baby’s development and offer guidance on preparing for delivery.
Managing symptoms at 35 weeks pregnant
It’s completely normal to experience various challenging symptoms as your body prepares for delivery.
Here are some tips for managing common 35-week pregnancy symptoms:
1. Back Pain
Use proper posture, wear supportive shoes, and consider using a pregnancy support belt or getting a prenatal massage to relieve back pain.
Stay off your feet as much as possible, elevate your legs, and wear compression stockings to reduce swelling.
Eat small, frequent meals, avoid spicy or acidic foods, and avoid lying down after eating.
4. Shortness of breath
Some pregnant women experience difficulty breathing at this stage of pregnancy. Try to rest and avoid overexerting yourself.
You may also find it helpful to sleep with a few extra pillows to prop yourself up. If difficulty breathing persists, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your experience.
Take naps during the day, get plenty of rest at night, and conserve energy by prioritizing tasks and activities.
6. Braxton Hicks contractions
Stay hydrated, change positions frequently, and try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation.
7. Difficulty sleeping
Use extra pillows to support your body, avoid caffeine, and establish a regular bedtime routine.
Remember to discuss any concerning symptoms with your healthcare provider. They can offer guidance on managing symptoms and determine if further evaluation or treatment is necessary.
Self-care at 35 weeks pregnant
As you enter pregnancy week 35, you may be starting to prepare for when your baby arrives.
Here are some things you can do to get ready and take care of yourself at this stage of pregnancy:
- Pack Your Hospital Bag: Prepare a bag with essentials for yourself and your baby. Include comfortable clothes, toiletries, nursing pads, and any other items in the hospital or birth center.
- Attend Prenatal Appointments: Keep attending your prenatal appointments, as they are important for monitoring your health and your baby’s health. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions with your healthcare provider.
- Practice Self-Care: Take time for yourself and practice self-care. This can include taking a warm bath, getting a massage, or doing yoga or other prenatal exercises.
- Get Plenty of Rest: Rest is important during pregnancy, especially as you near the end. Ensure you sleep enough at night and take naps during the day if needed.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential for both you and your baby. Ensure you get plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and other fluids to stay hydrated.
- Prepare for Breastfeeding: If you plan to breastfeed, consider taking a breastfeeding class, purchasing a breast pump, and stocking up on nursing bras and pads.
- Finalize Baby’s Room and Supplies: Finish setting up your baby’s room and make sure you have all the necessary supplies, such as diapers, wipes, and baby clothes.
Remember to listen to your body and take care of yourself.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any concerning symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal pain, or decreased fetal movement.
FAQs at 35 Weeks pregnant
What should I be feeling at 35 weeks pregnant?
Pregnancy is a significant life event, and it’s common to feel a mix of emotions, including excitement, anticipation, anxiety, and even a sense of overwhelm.
Here are some common emotional experiences that pregnant people may have at this stage:
- Anticipation: As your due date approaches, you may feel excited and eager to meet your baby.
- Anxiety: You may also feel anxious about labor and delivery or the changes that having a new baby will bring to your life.
- Frustration: It’s normal to feel frustrated with the physical discomforts of late pregnancy, such as difficulty sleeping or moving around.
- Impatience: You may feel impatient to meet your baby and move on to the next phase of your life.
- Nervousness: You may feel nervous about becoming a parent and caring for a new life.
- Overwhelm: With all the physical and emotional changes that come with pregnancy, and it’s common to feel overwhelmed sometimes.
Remember that it’s normal to experience a wide range of emotions during pregnancy, and taking care of your mental and physical health is important.
Regarding your pregnancy symptoms, typical symptoms of 35 weeks include:
- Braxton hicks contractions
- Increased pelvic pressure
- Difficulty sleeping
The above symptoms are completely normal at this stage of your pregnancy.
Keep in close communication with your healthcare provider during this stage of pregnancy and report any unusual symptoms or concerns.
What should you avoid at 35 weeks pregnant?
At 35 weeks pregnant, it’s important to continue caring for your health and avoiding certain activities and substances that can harm you and your developing baby.
Here are some things to avoid at this stage of pregnancy:
- Undercooked foods
- Alcohol, tobacco, drugs
- Some medications
- Heavy lifting
- Hot tubs and saunas
It’s important to continue attending your prenatal appointments and discussing concerns or questions with your healthcare provider.
When do babies start to drop?
“Dropping” refers to the process when the baby’s head moves lower into the pelvis, also called “lightening” or “engagement,” which can be an indication that labor is approaching.
The timing of when babies drop can vary for each pregnancy, but it typically occurs in the last few weeks before delivery.
For first-time mothers, the baby typically drops a few weeks before labor, usually between 34 and 38 weeks of pregnancy. For women who have given birth before, the baby may not drop until labor begins.
When the baby drops, you may notice that your pregnant belly appears lower, and your breathing becomes easier as the pressure on your diaphragm decreases. You may also experience increased pelvic pressure and discomfort as the baby’s head moves lower into the pelvis.
Why does it hurt to walk at 35 weeks pregnant?
Pregnancy can cause a variety of physical discomforts, and it’s not uncommon for some women to experience pain while walking at 35 weeks pregnant.
Here are some reasons why walking may be painful at this stage of pregnancy:
- Pressure on Pelvic Area: As your baby grows and moves lower into the pelvis, you may experience increased pressure on the pelvic area, which can cause discomfort or pain while walking.
- Round Ligament Pain: The round ligaments, which support the uterus, can become strained and stretched as your baby grows, leading to a sharp or stabbing pain on one or both sides of the lower abdomen.
- Back Pain: Pregnancy can also cause back pain, which may be aggravated by walking or standing for long periods.
- Braxton Hicks Contractions: These mild contractions can occur in the third trimester and cause discomfort or pain while walking.
- Sciatica: The sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs, can become compressed or irritated during pregnancy, leading to pain in the back, buttocks, and legs.
If you are experiencing pain while walking, it’s important to rest and take breaks as needed. You may also find relief from wearing supportive shoes, using a maternity support belt, doing prenatal exercises, or practicing good posture.
If the pain is severe or persistent, it’s best to consult your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying conditions or complications.
What not to ignore in 3rd trimester?
The third trimester is a critical time in pregnancy, and it’s important to be aware of any changes in your body and seek medical attention for any concerning symptoms.
Here are some things not to ignore in the third trimester:
- Decreased Fetal Movement: A significant decrease in your baby’s movement or kicks can indicate a problem. You should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
- Vaginal Bleeding: Any vaginal bleeding or spotting should be reported to your healthcare provider right away, as it can be a sign of a serious complication such as placenta previa, placental abruption, or preterm labor.
- Persistent or Severe Abdominal Pain: If you experience persistent or severe abdominal pain, it could be a sign of preterm labor, preeclampsia, or other complications, and you should seek medical attention right away.
- High Blood Pressure or Swelling: If you experience sudden swelling, especially in the hands and face, or high blood pressure, it can be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious complication that requires medical attention.
- Signs of Preterm Labor: If you experience regular contractions, pelvic pressure, or back pain before 37 weeks, it can be a sign of preterm labor, and you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
- Headaches or Vision Changes: If you experience severe headaches, blurred vision, or other vision changes, it can be a sign of preeclampsia, and you should seek medical attention right away.
- Signs of Infection: If you experience fever, chills, or other signs of infection, it can be a sign of a serious complication, and you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Attending all scheduled prenatal appointments and discussing concerns or symptoms with your healthcare provider is important.
Early detection and treatment of complications can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
At 35 weeks, you’re just a few short weeks away from giving birth and finally meeting your little one.
What an exciting time!
Emotions may be running high, so prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being today and over the coming weeks!
Keep up with the self-care practices you’ve been using to stay healthy thus far, and make sure everyone on your support team knows their role for when the big day arrives!