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The 35th week of pregnancy: what happens to the baby and mom

The 35th obstetric week is the last week of the next-to-last month of your pregnancy. A little longer, and the baby will descend into the pelvis in preparation for his birth.

Try to endure all the difficulties of this period: sleep problems, digestion, heaviness when moving or walking, increased feelings of fatigue and anxiety. Soon these unpleasant symptoms will end, and you will hold your baby in your arms.

Continue to follow all of the previously received recommendations. Be prepared for the upcoming birth. By now, you should have made your final hospital selection, decided whether to get an epidural or other methods of pain relief, specified the presence of a birth partner (if you so desire), and collected and prepared all necessary items and documents.

The size and development of the fetus in the 35th week of pregnancy

Pregnancy week 35 sizeAt the thirty-fifth week of pregnancy the baby inside you is already fully formed. His skin takes on a more natural color and gradually smoothes out.

Accumulation of fatty deposits actively continues, so the baby’s shoulders and hands fill out, and the little face acquires features of a newborn baby. Lanugo (vellus hair) may still be present in the folds of the baby’s body.

By the 35th week of pregnancy, the child’s height can reach up to 45-47 cm and the weight of the fetus is between 2.4 and 2.6 kg, depending on the condition and the course of pregnancy. Prior to his birth, he will actively gain up to 220 grams per week.

The body of the baby is actively preparing for the completion of all the processes of intrauterine existence:

  • his intestines have collected a bit of meconium – the original stool consisting of bile and skin cells. It will be excreted in the first hours after birth. Intrauterine excretion may lead to fetal hypoxia;
  • there is a reduced amount of lubrication on the skin, but fat accumulation continues. This will help ensure baby’s excellent thermoregulation after birth;
  • his eyes are now closed, but due to the work of the iris, their color – predetermined at the genetic level- is formed;
  • there is an intensive development of the adrenal glands, which form special hormones and active substances. They begin the regulation of mineral and water-salt metabolism in the baby’s body and help him to be mobile during the childbirth;
  • the function of all internal organs is optimizing, the baby is in full training to live and function independently;
  • baby’s fingernails, now reaching the fingertips, have grown so much that he can scratch himself;
  • folds around the neck, under the buttocks, as well as in the joint areas, in the hands and feet – are very noticeable;
  • striations on the feet are sharpened;
  • baby’s kidneys are already fully developed, and the liver is able to process waste products.
[attention type=yellow]The baby is slowly beginning to drop lower and lower, and has practically no space for active movement. Nevertheless, the number of fetal movements in the 35 weeks of pregnancy should not be less frequent, just more subdued. When he is stretching or pushing, you might see how his palm or his heel or other small body part create a bulge on the surface of your belly.[/attention]  The development of the fetus at 35 weeks' gestationThis week, the child may select a more comfortable position. Usually, most babies descent the right way on their own, turning face towards the mother’s back and head down.

Because the bones of his skull are still asymphytous, they will be more easily deformed by passing through the birth canal. But even if the baby is not in the right position, do not worry – first of all, he still has time, and secondly, doctors will help you to find a way out of this situation.

If you are expecting twins, by the 35th week of pregnancy you definitely need to know how both fetuses are positioned so that you can discuss the possibility of a cesarean section with your doctor. The intrauterine development of the babies is no different from the usual. However, for a woman pregnant with twins, things will be even more difficult in this period, because of the rapidly increasing weight. In addition, twins are more unpredictable, so after the babies descend closer to the pelvis – you had better be ready for anything.

What’s going on with a mom in the 35th week

Photos of belly at 35 weeks of pregnancy

It will become more difficult to walk and move. Due to the fact that the uterus is steadily increasing in size, you may experience pain in the upper quadrant. Furthermore, it may impede your breathing because it presses against the diaphragm and the lungs. The stomach continues to grow, causing you more discomfort and hassle. Up to now, the woman has usually gained 10-13 kg. Photos of tummies in the 35th week of pregnancy can be seen above.

[attention type=yellow]To feel less tired, do not go for too long of walks. Also, do not sit for long periods of time in the same position, to avoid leg and back numbness. It is better to change positions, stand and walk, do a little workout. This will help you to get rid not only of unpleasant sensations, but also possible swelling.[/attention]

If you notice that your belly button protrudes, do not panic. After the baby is born it will go back to normal.

The bladder and intestines also suffer due to the increased size of the uterus. You might be disturbed by frequent urination, heartburn, constipation, bloating and heaviness in the stomach. To reduce these problems to a minimum, take care of proper nutrition, do not overeat and consume less liquids at night.

In this period the baby rapidly consumes calcium, taking it out of your body. It is necessary to make sure that both you and the baby do not lack in this, as well as other useful elements and vitamins.

Possible fears and the psychological condition

Any symptoms of anxiety, worry or fear should immediately be banished. A positive attitude, calmness, tranquility – this is the condition that should accompany you up until to the birth. It is vitally important not only for you but also for the little fellow inside, who feels and experiences everything with you.

Future mother at 35 weeks of pregnancyListen to soft music, watch positive, joyous movies. Try not to be alone. Enlist the help and support of your spouse, parents and loved ones. Especially now, the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities and errands should fall on them, while you partake in plenty of rest and do not overburden yourself.

[attention type=yellow]Do not be afraid of horror stories about childbirth, that you may have heard from friends or read on the internet. This is a very intimate and personal process, so it’s best to tune into positivity, because our thoughts are tangible.[/attention]

Another cause of anxiety for the future mother could be her appearance. Pregnant women often worry about their ruined figures, stretch marks, blemishes. Try not to think about this now. Focus only on the upcoming long-awaited meeting with your beloved child.

Enjoy your present condition, because every pregnant woman is beautiful in her own way. After delivery, everything will return to normal. Just pay a little more attention to yourself: follow a diet and eat right, exercise, and so on. The latter, of course, after you stop breast-feeding.

Discharge in the 35th week of pregnancy

You may start secreting colostrum. You should not fear this! Read more about this here.

Vaginal secretions in this period may contain a small amount of mucus. But make sure that they are of a homogeneous milky consistency. The quantity can be different, as it depends on the individual.

Any change in color or the nature of discharge should alert you. This can indicate the presence of an infection.

If you notice red discharge, containing blood clots or tissue, immediately call an ambulance. Also, watery discharge is dangerous. It can be colorless or have a yellowish-white color. It suggests premature leakage of amniotic fluid. You should immediately seek medical help.

Analyses, examinations and ultrasound in the 35th week of pregnancy

 Photo fetal ultrasound at 35 weeks of pregnancy

From this period on, you will go for weekly medical consultations. The physician should weigh you, measure your blood pressure, the height of the uterus fundus, eliminate the possibility of uterine hypertonus, listen to the baby’s heartbeat, and do a fetal CTG. To learn how to interpret the results of CTG, read here.

Additional tests and analyses shall be prescribed only on an individual basis, if something concerns you. However, during this period, your doctor may take a pap smear (vaginal and rectal), in order to exclude the presence of streptococcus group B bacteria. It may cause the child to develop very serious complications.

The doctor conducts a thorough inspection, evaluating the main parameters of the development of the baby, his motor activity, heart rate, lack of defects and abnormalities, position in the mother’s abdomen and whether there is a missed abortion. Depending on the child’s position, the doctor may make a decision or give you a recommendation as to the upcoming birth. Also, the position of the placenta plays a big role in this regard.

[attention type=yellow]In this period, the placenta should be in its second stage of maturity. And after the 36th week the placenta will move to the third stage (typically). Due to this process, its resources are gradually reduced. But the opposite can also happen.[/attention]

To make her final conclusions, the doctor may insist on additional studies, such as Dopplerography. It will help to assess blood flow in the baby’s major vessels, as well as vessels of the placenta and uterus, plus, it will show whether there is enough nutrients and oxygen delivered to the baby.

In the presence of placenta previa, which often can account for a breech position of the fetus, the doctor will insist on a caesarean section. Of course, in this case, all your parameters and weight, condition of your health, the degree of umbilical cord entanglement, the baby’s weight, and other individual characteristics will be considered.

We invite you to watch a video of a fetal ultrasound in the 35th week of pregnancy and to look at the child’s photo above.

Possible risks and abnormalities

Possible problems in the 35th week of pregnancyDuring this period, it’s possible to have manifestations of training contractions – Braxton-Hicks. They gradually prepare your uterus for childbirth. They are usually slightly painful, lasting up to a maximum of two minutes. With increasing contractions, it’s best to go to the hospital, because this may signal the onset of labor.

There is also the risk of premature detachment of a normally-positioned placenta, other than the above-mentioned placenta previa. You should be in the know about this problem, in order to inform the doctors. That way, they will be ready to work around it during childbirth.

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When, in the 35th week of pregnancy, you experience any pain or discomfort in the abdomen (of a pulling character, the stomach tightens), immediately call a doctor![/attention]

Among other dangers of this period is a threat of preterm delivery, preeclampsia and fetal chronic hypoxia. By having timely and qualified medical intervention you will be able to deliver a normal and healthy baby.

Mom’s nutrition, exercises and skin care in the 35th week

Mom’s nutrition

Eating properly is a must during the whole pregnancy. At this period, try to slightly reduce the calorie content of your nutrition to avoid extra weight gain, because it will affect the flow of labor.

In general, stick to these basic rules:

  • The menu should be varied and balanced, satisfying all the needs of the mother and baby, and providing a source of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
  • Eat fractionally (5-6 times a day), do not overeat, in order not to burden your digestive system.
  • Dine a few hours before bedtime.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (up to 1.5-2 liters per day). These can be herbal teas, mineral water (without carbonation), fruit drinks, juices. This also includes first courses.
  • In no case stick to any special diet, in order not to harm the child.
  • Be aware of forbidden foods (fatty, salty, smoked, spicy, pre-packaged products).

Let your diet always consist of meat, fish, dairy, seafood, fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits and dried fruits and nuts.

Skin care

Skin care at 35 weeks of pregnancyStretching skin may cause you to experience discomfort and itching in the area of the abdomen. Also, stretch marks are actively forming. This sometimes becomes a serious cause for concern among pregnant women. But these physiological characteristics of pregnancy are temporary, and you just need to bear with them.

To reduce the number of stretch marks and somehow help save your skin, use special creams or oils. But be careful to choose only those that are safe for your child. Typically, you can review the ingredient list for this purpose. You may also wear a girdle to assist with this issue, if there are no contraindications.

It’s possible to also have problems with the face and breasts. Follow good personal hygiene, avoid potential allergens, thoroughly clean the skin and minimize the use of cosmetics.

Physical exercises that can relieve your condition

If you experience pain in the lower back and under the ribcage, you have to change your position: turn over, sit up, walk, take a few deep breaths. If you experience a feeling of suffocation, try to get on all fours, slowly relaxing, and slowly breathing (inhale-exhale), as deep as you can.

[attention type=red]Moving calisthenics and physical exercise must now be carried out only under the supervision of a specialist. Do not forget that because of the displacement of the center of gravity you may have a higher risk of falling, so you need to be extremely cautious.[/attention]

Continue to go swimming, to yoga, water aerobics or Pilates in special groups, if you have the energy. Remember that you should not have any pathologies or other contraindications to this.

Sexual activity in the 35th week

In this period many positions are not available to you. But this is no reason to completely refuse sex if you feel good enough in the 35th week of pregnancy. In addition, it’s been proven that special features of a man’s sperm have a positive effect on the cervix, increasing its elasticity. Just take some precautions:

Be sure clean your partner is disease-free (the slightest sign of genital infection or disease should serve as a “stop sign”);

  • do not practice positions which squeeze or could injure the abdomen;
  • in this term doctors do not recommend having sex, if you are carrying twins, nor with a low-lying placenta;
  • it’s better not to continue sexual activity if you experience any discomfort, especially if there is pain, bleeding or other dangerous symptoms.

Remember that everything is good in moderation

Preparing for labor: breathing exercises, anesthesia and other secrets

In this period it is time to finally find the right hospital. Maybe you need one that specializes in certain diseases – for example, if you suffer from some chronic diseases, endocrine problems, or you have heart disease or other complications.

You need to learn about the institution in advance. Make sure you have complete information about what services are available, what reviews exist about this hospital, etc. In particular, find out if there is an opportunity to stay with your newborn baby from the first minute of his life, if you can count on a personal room (if desired), if birth with a partner is allowed in this hospital – if you are considering this option, whether your relatives can visit you, and other important points. You must also pay attention to what kind of staff works there.

Ask about anesthesia. Because different types are available (epidural, topical, inhalation, etc.), you should find out in advance what is practiced in this hospital. If you do not have contraindications, or allergies to any medication, then arrange the anesthesiologist in advance. You can choose a doctor who will deliver your baby. Discuss that point in advance.

[attention type=yellow]Childbirth – the process is very unpredictable and painful. You can prepare for it, to maximally ease your condition, through proper breathing. This technique is usually taught in special courses for expectant mothers. But you can also read books or watch a video.[/attention]

Remember that you can not clamp up, tense up or be overly vocal, so as not to suppress labor activity in advance. Besides, your body will quickly become exhausted and will not have strength left for labor. There are many different techniques of proper breathing, and each of them is designed to help you at specific stages of labor:

 Breathing exercises for pregnant women
  • “blowing out a candle” (inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth, blowing out a candle) during contractions;
  • ” panting” with intensive and frequent contractions;
  • “choo-choo train” with acute pain (inhale through the nose, fast exhale through pursed lips).

There are some others. Do not be afraid of looking funny or awkward. Your main task now is to give birth. So listen to the doctor and the midwife, and try to fully trust them.

Recommendations for future parents

  • It’s very important for the expectant mother to feel the support of her husband. The future father, too, should be prepared for the upcoming labor, helping his wife with everything. If you decided to have a partner childbirth, your husband should have to take the necessary analyses and screenings. Talk to your doctor and he will tell you what documents and things need to be in your possession.
  • Prepare everything according to your list for the hospital and for discharge. After all, when labor begins, you will not have time to gather your things.
  • If you are not prone to superstition and do not believe in omens, then you can also prepare baby things in advance, as well as buy strollers, cribs and other necessary things.
  • By now it’s time to come up with a name for the baby. So that you can call baby by his name, when patting your abdomen. Some parents even create a mental image of their future son or daughter. It is believed that this strengthens the emotional bond between you both and the baby.

Video about the 35th week of pregnancy

We invite you to watch the video guide about the 35th week of pregnancy, which will tell you how your child develops, how to breathe properly during childbirth, and about possible methods of pain relief during labor.

[attention type=yellow]If your pregnancy period is now the 35 weeks, please share your feelings in the comment section. How do you deal with the difficulties of this period, are you taking prenatal courses, which criteria are important to you when choosing a hospital, will you use anesthesia during labor, have you decided to give birth alone or with a partner?[/attention]

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