35 weeks pregnant means that you’re pregnant for 7 months and 3 weeks, so this is your last week of your 8th month. By the way, you’re doing great!
What to expect at 35 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?
You’ll probably continue to experience the typical pregnancy symptoms up until the delivery day. These are the most common symptoms of the 35th week of pregnancy:
Braxton Hicks Contractions
At 35 weeks pregnant, you may be experiencing more contractions as your body is preparing for the delivery day. You’ll be kind of amazed how hard your belly can become! Remember to drink plenty of water and walk more.
As I mentioned earlier, make sure to eat food rich in fiber and drink plenty of water. If you’ve tried this before but still struggle with constipation, tell your doctor.
As your baby grows, he or she puts tons of pressure on your sciatic nerve; the largest nerve in your body. As a result, you’ll be experiencing back pain.
This painful feeling seems to continue and you may get used to the discomfort. It’s another sign that your body is getting ready for the delivery day.
Swollen Feet and Ankles
By 35 weeks of pregnancy, you may experience that your ankles and feet are swelling more than usual. That’s because your expanding uterus is putting an extra pressure on veins on your feet and ankles.
At the 35th week of pregnancy, you may notice that your gums are tender and get easily bleeding. Consider drinking an extra glass of OJ.
At 35 weeks pregnant, you may experience that you have an itchy rash on your belly. Skin rashes are not harmful and you can soothe them by applying aloe vera gel after the shower.
How big is your baby at 35 weeks pregnant?
At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby will be as big as the size of a pineapple; weighing around 5.3 pounds and measuring about 18.2 inches long.
What’s happening with your baby? (Baby’s Development)
Amazingly, your baby’s hearing is now fully formed by the 35th week of pregnancy. You’ll notice that your baby reacts to high-pitched noises.
What are the signs of early labor?
As the third trimester progresses, you need to know that your early labor is possible and rush to the hospital if you detect any of the following signs:
- Your water breaking
- Bloody vaginal discharge
- Lower back that won’t go away
When to call the doctor?
You’re highly encouraged to call your doctor the moment you detect any of the following symptoms:
- Signs of early labor
- Abnormal shortness of breath
- Decreased fetal movement
- Severe abdominal
- Burning with urination
- Lower back pain that won’t go away
The Checklist of the 35th week of pregnancy:
- Schedule your 37-week prenatal visit
- Talk to your healthcare provider
- Arrange childcare
- Pack hospital bag
- Prepare all baby first aid items
- Talk to your baby
- Create a birth plan
- Learn the stages of labor
- Prepare a safe place for your baby to sleep