What to Expect when You’re 35 Weeks Pregnant
You’re on the homestretch to the end of your pregnancy now – around five weeks to go! The name of the game at this stage is keeping Baby safely inside and going full term. There’s still some important development to be done! Through the nineties and early 2000s, it was common to induce women any time from 36 weeks. But today’s pregnancy guides discourage this practice – the closer your baby gets to 40 weeks in utero, the better.
Your baby now weighs well over five pounds and will gain a further one or two before delivery. He or she is busy putting on lots of baby fat ready for the grand entrance into the world. Fetal brain activity is really high at this stage, too. All of the survival skills (like sucking and breathing) are being learned and practiced within the womb.
Common Symptoms when You’re 35 Weeks Pregnant
A sign of pregnancy that may start to become more noticeable at week 35 is a slight blurring of your vision and dry or itchy eyes. This is caused by your pregnancy hormones getting ready for the birth process. Just take things slowly and sit down whenever you need to. The blurred vision in itself is not dangerous, but the last thing you want is to have a fall.
Other signs and symptoms that often increase in the final five weeks are an increasing amount of vaginal discharge and the leaking of colostrum from your nipples. As long as the discharge is white or clear and does not have a strong odor it is perfectly safe.
You’ll also continue to experience the sign and symptoms of pregnancy you’ve been getting for the last few weeks: Braxton Hicks Contractions, edema, backache, insomnia, weakened bladder (and maybe even incontinence). Remember, it’ll all be worth it when you get your little baby bundle…
Pregnancy Week 35 To Do List
Now is a really good time to slow down and relax. You probably feel like there are a million things to do before you deliver and that you should be rushed off your feet. But, in reality, the best thing you can do for your baby is to stay calm, get plenty of rest and go as close to the full 40-week term as you can.
Hopefully, your partner plans to be present at the delivery. If he’s game, he might want to prepare himself for what’s ahead by watching a pregnant woman having baby video – after all, he’s actually going to witness you giving birth – you won’t be able to see what’s going on “downstairs”!
Useful Links and Pregnancy Sites
There are a number of things you’ll need to have ready the moment your baby finally enters the world: nursing bras and clothing, diapers, blankets, maternity pads, breast pads, baby clothing…the list of baby and maternity paraphernalia you need can feel endless. Luckily, we’ve put together a helpful shopping list and can recommend discount products from the very best maternity retailers!
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