35 Weeks Pregnant: Baby’s Development, Tips & Expert Advice

Written by Peony C Echavez
35th Week Pregnancy

At this point of the pregnancy, the baby drops down to the pelvic area and settles there. This process is known as lightening. This characterizes the proceedings of the mother and the fetus in this week. By the end of the week, it then depreciates to give the baby space for movement. This article provides an overview on the fetal development, maternal changes, signs and symptoms and some interesting facts about the 35th week of pregnancy.

Did you know that a woman’s heart grows larger by 50% when she is pregnant? This is because a mother’s heart work harder and needs to beat more rapid as a result of increased maternal increased by blood volume.

Height: 18.19 inches or 46.2 cm
Weight: 5.25 pounds or 2383 grams

What Happens to the Baby?

The baby’s lungs are almost fully developed. The baby is still gaining weight and his/her pupils now dilate in reaction to light approaching the mother’s tummy. The baby also practices sucking action at this stage, an activity that helps the baby prepare its feeding habits. At 35th week of pregnancy, the pair of kidneys is fully developed and the liver too is starting to excrete some of the body’s waste products. Amniotic fluid on the other hand is getting much lesser. As the baby is growing larger, he/she is snug in the mother’s womb making the baby less likely to perform somersaults.

What Happens to the Mother?

As a consequence of the settling of fetus into the pelvic area, mothers experience frequent visits to the toilet or even leakage of urine. This is caused by the baby pressing the mother’s bladder and applying pressure to it. The mother may likewise experience shortness of breath due to the fetus dropping to the lower abdomen. Despite these physical discomforts, pregnant mothers cannot conceal their excitement and feeling of joy as the baby is nearly coming. This is because the lightening process is yet another sign that the baby is healthy and normal.

35 week pregnant info

Additional Tips at 35th Week of Pregnancy

At 35th week of pregnancy, your health provider will recommend to start counting the baby kicks and movements. Here are some of the basics you should look out for.

  • You should be able to feel at least 10 movements every 2 hours.
  • You should use a notebook to record for further reference.
  • If there no movements in 2 hours, compare your guide and make sure that you contact your health care provider.

Labor may happen anytime and thus, mothers are advised to see their ob-gyne doctors every week. Sometimes, a rectal or vaginal culture may be done to rule out bacterial infection particularly infections caused by Group B streptococci. Infection caused by the virus can be passed on to the baby upon delivery resulting in serious complications such as meningitis and pneumonia. It is estimated that up to 30% of pregnant mothers endure bacterial infection. However, prompt treatment is utmost essential. In addition to some tests, your doctor may also discuss about your birth plan and some pain management techniques following the delivery of the baby.

Additional Section: When is The Earliest Time that the Couple Can Get Back to Sex Following the Birth of The Baby?

Sex after birth will definitely not take place in the first two weeks to avoid any hemorrhage, birth canal infections and unexpected lacerations. It is most advised that the consideration of sex should be viewed 4 weeks to 6 weeks after child birth when the wounds from the delivery are completely healed. However, in case of an episiotomy, the healing process will take longer than normal. Once you visit your physician you should be able to be given a go-ahead flag to engage sexually with your partner.

An information worth-noting is that the drop of estrogen (after pregnancy) is a contributing factor for low sex drive. The full responsibility of the newborn baby may also make a mother lack the drive. This can be fixed however by the mother herself by taking a walk to clear the mind and enhance circulation. A woman should make an effort to be sexually active. This can be attained through trying to engage in sex even if it may feel uncomfortable at first.


Contributor : Peony C Echavez (Consumer Health Digest)

This Article Has Been Published on July 11, 2014 and Last Modified on August 8, 2018

Peony is a registered nurse and former Director of Nursing services for a large nursing facility. She has written web content for a large health education website, and currently creates content for a number of health practisioners. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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