35 weeks pregnant means that you’re getting close to the last month of the pregnancy. In some cases, the countdown to welcome your angel has almost begun. Sometimes, reaching the 40 weeks of pregnancy does not seem too far away. Have you still been working? Then, you can wind down now since maternity leave entitlements tend to start during the last 4-6 weeks of gestation. Though pregnancy is a normal state, it may be hard to maintain employment activities as usual in the last few weeks of pregnancy.
By now, mamas-to-be are probably feeling a bit tired of carrying their little ones inside. At that time, your uterus is now right up to your ribs that may even make breathing much more difficult. Since all of your internal organs are being squashed, you can experience heartburn and frequent trips to the bathroom with the aim of emptying your crowded bladder. Besides, aches and pains, lack of sleep, and swollen ankles are coming back, which make you feel that the pregnancy is not fun right now. Try to calm yourself that you will see your angel soon.
35 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
At 35 weeks pregnant development, your blood pressure will be regularly checked by a doctor or midwife. If it increases highly, then you will be advised to rest a lot more and even do more tests. That’s because the doctor wants to prevent pre-eclampsia.
Furthermore, this is also the time your doctor can tell you about a Caesarean. The truth is that one in five births in the UK ends with C-sections. There are many good reasons for this, such as the position or safety of the baby. Sometimes, that’s because your healthcare provider thinks it is safer for you both. Don’t feel sure after all? Then, it is better to research it carefully as well as asking all the questions you have. If you are not comfortable, then seeking another opinion can help.
It is worth noting that colostrum can leak from your nipples around that time. It is likely to dry and crust on your nipples once you take the bras off. Besides, your breasts may become heavier and streaked with blue veins. Ensure that you have been correctly fitted for suitable and comfortable maternity bras. The reason is that these will alleviate the pressure of your heavy breasts on both of your chest and shoulders.
Amazingly, your heart can feel as though it is missing beats or even beating faster this week. Wonder the reason? Due to the displacement of your blood vessels as well as the load on your heart, then palpitations are very common. If you feel that your heartbeats are also accompanied with chest pain or problems with breathing, it is a good idea to let your doctor know that.
35 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
This week, you are probably feeling totally large and awkward. As a result, you can also continue dealing with any or all of these further third trimester symptoms at 35 weeks pregnant, such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Tender breasts
- Frequent urination
- Trouble sleeping
- Low back pain with sciatica
- Swelling of the fingers, ankles, or face
- Colostrum from your breasts
35 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 35 weeks is about 48 centimeters in length, weighs about 2.7 kilograms, and equal to around the size of a large honeydew melon. This week, there is less room to move around. That’s why your angel could actually start pushing rather than kicking. If this is true, then you can even able to feel a teeny-weeny foot imprint via your bump. Without a doubt, he/she is so close to being a fully little human being. Funnily, he/she will spend most of the rest of your pregnancy in putting on his/her weight.
In addition, the little one may not have somersault anymore, because it takes up so much space in your womb. However, the number of kicks should remain around the same. Therefore, make sure that you always monitor this and check in with your doctor for any wrong concerns.
More interestingly, most of your baby’s basic physical development is complete at present, with fully developed kidneys. Of course, his/her liver even also processes some waste products. Besides, his/her rapidly growing brain means that his/her head weighs more. That’s why you feel like that there’s even more pressure than usual on your bladder!
His/her brain continues growing at surprising pace, which prepares the way for receiving stimulation at birth. Have not already been eating omega-3- and DHA-rich foods? Then, it is a wonderful time to incorporate them into your diet by adding salmon and tuna. Even if his/her brain is growing, his/her skull is still quite soft, allowing his head to pass through your pelvis at birth.
Last but not least, your kid is paying much attention to the sounds outside the womb and reacting to what he recognizes, too. Continue letting him/her hear your voice regularly. In fact, he/she is able to hear high-pitched sounds best.
What should you do?
35 weeks pregnant is when you should speak with your partner, family members, or friends whether you are feeling worried about giving birth. To be sure, when it comes to labour, it is quite normal to be nervous about what to expect. The truth is that some women even have an extreme reaction that they have panic attacks. Undoubtedly, there is an actual condition, namely tokophobia, or also “fear of childbirth.” Do your anxieties overwhelm you? Then, it is a wise idea to talk with your antenatal team. Such team will usually try their best to help and reassure you. Eventually, they may offer counseling in extreme cases.
However, it is worth noting that lots of women are anxious and self-conscious about things like screaming, shouting, swearing, pooing in labor, etc. Calm down, please. Do not too stress about the safety of your baby. It is the main job of your medical team and doctor who will do everything they can to keep both of safe and healthy. In addition, they also make sure that you have the best possible birth experience.