35 Weeks Pregnant
This week your baby has grown to the size of a honeydew melon, more than 5 pounds, and is about 18 inches in length.
It is estimated that about 80% of women have their baby between 37 and 42 weeks. The reason why some women go into labor early isn’t clear. But it’s a good idea to make sure your hospital bag, for both you and your baby, is packed and ready to go.
35 Weeks Pregnant
Your little melon has very little room now to move around, so you’re probably not feeling the somersaults anymore. However, your baby should still be busy moving his or her arms and legs. Almost all of your baby’s physical development is complete, they’re just busy packing on the weight. The kidneys are almost fully developed and the liver is able to process some waste. The brain continues to develop at a mind-boggling rate but the skull remains soft. This is necessary so that your baby can easily pass through the birth canal.
If your baby was born this week, he or she would have a 99% chance of surviving!
How You Are Changing
As you head into your final month of pregnancy, you’ll feel big, sluggish and uncomfortable. Your uterus now extends up into your ribcage and is crowding your other organs, which accounts for the frequent urination, heartburn, and breathlessness.
Starting this week, you will be seeing your doctor or midwife weekly. Between now and week 37, your doctor will do a vaginal culture to check for group B streptococcum (GBS). It is a bacteria that is harmless for adults but if it passed on to your baby, it can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, a blood infection or meningitis. It is estimated that between 10 and 30% of pregnant women have it, so it’s important to do the screening. If you have GBS, you will receive IV antibiotics during your labor and delivery to reduce the risk of infection.
You may feel overwhelmed with all of the things you need to do and think about before your baby’s arrival. This is understandable, especially if you’re a first time mom.
Some of the things you need to prepare for include:
- Birth plan
- What to pack for the hospital
- Map out the most direct route to the hospital
- If you have other children, make arrangements for them while you’re in the hospital
- Make sure you have all the supplies needed once baby is home
- Buy and properly install infant car seat
- Choose a pediatrician
No plan is perfect, all you can do is prepare as much as you can and try not to worry too much. Communicate to your partner and family members what you need and give them possible ways they can help.