Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 35th Week
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You are now at 35 weeks. You may be feeling more and more every day that you are getting closer to the expected end. The fact that some physical complaints have been added to the increased excitement and stress will make you say, “It should be born soon!” Your baby continues to grow and develop.
What kind of changes does the 35th week of pregnancy create for expectant mothers? How is your baby this week? We have compiled everything you can think of, from nutrition to exercises, from pregnancy symptoms to a checklist.
Baby at 35th Week
When you reach 35 weeks, you may wonder at what stage your baby’s development is. Here are the answers to all your questions, such as weight, height, development of his systems and senses, and the skills he gained.
How Big Has My Baby got?
Your baby has grown to the size of a large pineapple this week.
Your little one gains about 200-300 grams more than last week, gaining more than 2 kilos, quickly gaining weight, and gaining a chubby appearance. The adipose tissue under the skin continues to thicken and prepares it for the outside world.
The weight and height of the 35-week-old baby will be approximate as in the table below:
Gestational Age (Weeks)
These values are the average values of a baby at 35 weeks. Your little one may be overweight or thin, shorter or taller under the control of the doctor. There are many factors that directly affect the height and weight of the baby in the womb. In such cases, you should not worry and remember that it is normal to have such differences in the physical development of every baby.
Development of 35 Weeks Baby's Systems and Newly Gained Skills
With only five weeks until birth, the development of your baby’s organs is almost complete. In this way, even if the 35-week-old baby decides to be born without waiting for the 40th week, it can easily adapt to the outside world and survive if some precautions are taken.
So, let’s examine at what stage the 35-week-old baby’s organ and system development is.
Your baby’s brain development continues at full speed this week. Nerve cells are still maturing and making innumerable connections with each other. New brain cells are formed.
The circulatory system
The blood circulation continues to work.
Livers have improved enough this week to break down some minor waste components. The sucking reflex, which is part of the digestive system, continues to develop.
Although the respiratory system will be completed last in babies, the development of the lungs will have been completed most of this week. A substance called surfactant begins to be produced in the lungs, which are in the last stages of maturation. While this substance helps the baby breathe more easily, it supports the baby’s breathing by reducing the surface tension of the lungs.
Support and Movement System
This week, the hardening process of the bones continues. To complete this process, your baby’s calcium needs are at the highest level these days. Skull bones are still soft. However, compared to the previous week, the growth of the head accelerates as the brain grows.
Your baby’s kidneys have almost completed their development this week. Your baby prepares for birth by continuing to drink and discharge amniotic fluid, which is a major contributor to this development.
Although the immune system is not yet as strong as an adult’s, your little one continues to benefit from your antibodies and strengthen their immunity.
Sense Organs and Developmental Characteristics in 35 Weeks Baby
Your baby has almost all the abilities of a newborn baby by 35 weeks while still in the womb. It may even feel like you are sad, angry, excited, tired, or happy.
At what stage is the 35-week-old baby’s development when it comes to sense organs? Here is your little one’s skills step by step…
Eye and Sight
Your little one’s eyes will turn completely blue. The eyes, which will retain this blue color after birth, turn to their color after being exposed to sufficient light and become colored. The ability to see has not yet taken its final form. The ability of the eyes to focus and select is not yet developed.
Ear and Hearing
This week, your baby’s ears are developed enough to hear even the sharpest sounds. Although it is in your stomach, it may react by hearing sounds coming from outside. In particular, he can distinguish the voices of his mother and father. For this reason, you can talk to him a lot and help him recognize you in your voice after he is born.
Tongue and Taste
The sucking reflex continues to develop. In this way, the sense of taste matures and becomes able to distinguish tastes after birth.
Nose and sense of smell
At the 35th week of pregnancy, the development of the nose is now complete, and the sense of smell is fully developed.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
The lanugo hairs covering his skin gradually decrease. However, some babies may have lanugo hair after birth. You should not be worried as these will fall out on their own in a short time.
In addition, thanks to the increased adipose tissue, it begins to maintain its body temperature.
Movements of the 35 Weeks-Old Baby
This week, it may seem that baby movements have decreased compared to previous weeks. Your uterus is growing with the baby, but by the 35th week of pregnancy, the amniotic fluid begins to decrease in response to the rapidly increasing weight of the baby. The main purpose of this situation is to create more space for the baby. For this reason, as the amount of fluid decreases, the expectant mother may have difficulty feeling especially light kicks and movements. In addition, babies begin to behave like a normal newborn babies during these weeks. This means your little one now spends more time sleeping and moving less. Therefore, 35-week-old baby movements may seem to decrease in number and severity in the expectant mother.
Position of the 35 Weeks-Old Baby
By the 35th week, the baby in the womb gradually begins to take the birth position. During routine doctor’s examinations, it may be seen that your baby is upside down and upside down. For vaginal delivery to occur, the baby must take this position. If your little one has not turned upside down until birth, that is, if her feet or butt are in a visible position, this may not make vaginal delivery possible. Some babies take this position in the previous weeks, while some babies move upside down in later weeks. Therefore, you should not be alarmed right away.
Mom at 35th Week of the Pregnancy
For a mother who has entered the 9th month of her pregnancy, the days when physical activity is restricted increase. The pressure exerted on the groin by your little one, who is getting heavier, increases, making it difficult to go up and down stairs, bend over, and even sleep and sit. In addition to all these, it is not surprising that some new symptoms appear.
If you are 35 weeks pregnant, let’s examine together what awaits you this week, what you should be prepared for.
Edema is one of the most challenging symptoms for expectant mothers in recent weeks. Body fluids gradually increase, and the vessels expand as much as possible to allow passage to these fluids. However, after a certain point, the increased fluids accumulate between the tissues because there is no room left, causing swelling in certain body parts, especially in the hands, legs, feet, face, and wrists. In addition, increased inactivity triggers this condition.
Hip and pelvis pain:
The position of the baby in the mother’s womb and its increased weight may cause pain in the hips and pelvic region with the 35th week. Increased hormone levels due to the delivery approach also cause pain as they try to ease the baby’s passage by stretching the bones and muscles in the pelvic region. Therefore, the complaint of hip and groin pain may have increased.
The increased blood volume during pregnancy increases the pressure on the veins. The veins, especially in the legs, work against gravity and send blood back to the heart. This causes the veins to become bruised and swollen and appear more prominent. In the last trimester, expectant mothers may notice more obvious varicose veins, as this event is more common. Most of the varicose veins formed during pregnancy disappear after delivery.
One of the symptoms experienced during pregnancy is gum sensitivity and bleeding in the gums. Pregnancy hormones can cause swelling in your gums while creating edema in your body. This sensitivity causes bleeding of the gums, especially when brushing your teeth. In addition, changing diet and increased calcium need can also trigger bleeding. However, this condition, like many other pregnancy symptoms, is temporary.
In the 35th week of pregnancy, an increase in headaches may be felt. Not being able to find a comfortable position while sleeping, insomnia problems and tiredness cause you to experience headaches more often.
In addition to these, mood changes, stress, swelling of the nasal passages, causing congestion, and increased body temperature can also cause headaches.
During these weeks of the last trimester, the relaxed muscles of the expectant mother and her growing belly noticeably change the balance center of her body. The changing center of balance may prevent you from keeping your balance while bending down, walking on the road, or lying down. Your enlarged stomach can cause you not to see your feet while walking, and increased fatigue can lead to loss of strength in the hands and arms—the frequency of events such as falling, staggering, dropping something from one’s hand increases. As the clumsiness experienced by the expectant mother may increase in the last weeks, more careful action should be taken from these days.
Tips to Minimize Troublesome Pregnancy Symptoms
Any advice that can make life easier for a mother-to-be in the last stages of pregnancy is of great importance. Although it is not possible to eliminate the symptoms by the 35th week of pregnancy, you can reduce your complaints by alleviating the symptoms.
Practical advice for the mother at 35 weeks of pregnancy are;
- Take small precautions to prevent possible clumsiness.
- Do not try to reach high places by climbing on a chair unless you have to.
- I prefer shoes with wide surface soles and not high heels.
- Avoid sudden movements.
- Do simple exercises to strengthen your muscles.
- If you are experiencing bleeding gums, use toothbrushes with softer bristles and avoid harsh movements when brushing your teeth.
- Do exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises will help you relieve increased hip pain.
- Do not forget to take a lot of walking. Regular walks every day will prevent edema in your body and relieve your waist, back, hip and headaches.
- If you face the problem of edema during these weeks, remove salt and salty foods from your diet. Excessive salt consumption increases water retention in the body. You can also remove excess edema from your body by drinking plenty of water.
- If you are experiencing headaches at certain intervals, try to rest by taking time for yourself during the day. Get out into the fresh air if possible during this time and breathe deeply.
How Much Weight Should I Gain?
The last months of pregnancy are the period when expectant mothers gain the most weight. With each passing week, the baby’s weight continues to increase. The amount of water retained in the body increases. Moreover, your appetite may have increased a little more. All of these factors combined, you may wonder how many pounds would be ideal for you to gain this week.
The weight range prescribed by doctors for 35 weeks of pregnancy is 11.5-13.5 kg. But like every pregnancy, every pregnancy is different, and you may have gained less or more of this weight. In both cases, you should not worry unnecessarily, and you should discuss this issue with your doctor and take the necessary precautions.
Nutrition at 35 weeks of pregnancy is as important as in other weeks of pregnancy because the baby’s vitamin, mineral, and protein needs reach the highest level during these weeks.
The nutritional recommendations you can apply during this period are as follows;
- Consume foods rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium to support the baby’s muscle and bone development.
- Continue to feed little and often. Try not to starve yourself for a long time.
- In the last month of pregnancy, the iron needs of both the mother and the baby increase gradually. For this reason, always include green leafy vegetables with high iron content, red meat and meat products (provided that they are well cooked), eggs, and dried legumes.
- If you can’t eat a diet rich in iron and your iron stores are low, talk to your doctor about taking an iron supplement.
- If you continue to have constipation and hemorrhoids, continue to consume fibrous foods.
- Avoid consuming excessive sugar, high-calorie, packaged, and processed products and control your weight yourself.
Exercise is very important during pregnancy. With your doctor’s approval, if there is no obstacle, you can continue to exercise during your pregnancy after the first trimester.
You can evaluate the following options as 35 weeks of pregnancy exercises and physical activities that can be done:
- Kegel exercises
- Light paced walking
- Breathing exercises and meditation
- Exercises to facilitate childbirth
You can prepare yourself for birth physically and psychologically by choosing exercises to improve breathing techniques during this period. If you wish, you can consult your doctor beforehand about the movements and activities you can do.
35th Week Pregnancy Checklist
We can list the things you need to do for the 35th week of pregnancy as follows:
- If there are deficiencies in your baby’s room, make the final preparations.
- Pack your hospital bag if it’s not ready yet.
- If you have a problem such as gestational diabetes, make sure that your fasting and postprandial sugars are under control.
- Be sure to prepare food in your freezer for postpartum convenience.
- Prepare yourself a birth plan.
The 35th week of pregnancy is one of the weeks where the excitement is increasing. Continue to enjoy the last period of your pregnancy by dreaming of when you will meet your little one a few days before the birth.
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