-Check for the Signs of Labor!
The beginning of the 35th week of pregnancy brings you some good news because very soon you are going to give birth to your baby.
If until now you were worried that you will have a premature birth, you can relax now because the danger has passed. If your baby comes into the world now he or she will be perfectly safe.
In just few days, you will be able to see your little one in person. But, still there are certain changes that take place during this week.
35th week of pregnancy symptoms and physical changes that occur in your body
Symptoms and how to deal with them
In 35 weeks also, you need to suffer from back pain and extreme fatigue. Take rest whenever possible and always keep yourself hydrated with water or other fluids.
You may feel 35 weeks pregnant symptoms such as numbness around the pelvic area. This is perfectly normal and you should know that it will not disappear till you give birth.
Your visits to the doctor will increase in frequency and you must be on schedule with them; so your care provider could monitor the baby.
Your midwife or doctor should soon start monitoring cervical effacement and dilation in order to predict the labor. If your cervix is already dilated, then labor is not far away.
Some pregnant women still continue with the dilated cervix for couple of days before the labor begins. Discharging the mucus plug along with some spotting are all signs of labor.
If you observe abnormal vaginal discharge or anything different from the routine in week 35 pregnancy, then immediately call your care provider as this can be the sign of labor.
Considering pain management during birth
The pains that you experience at the time of labor are quite different from one woman to another. The pain that you are going to experience depends on various factors such as your own natural pain threshold, fetal position, prescription medications, birth position, your general health, previous births and the birthing environment.
Whatever the conditions that influence the pain during the labor, the most important thing you need to remember is to try relaxing as much as possible and accept the pain as natural part of the birthing process.
If the baby cannot pass through the normally closed cervix, then the labor process includes stretching, thinning, and opening of the cervix to allow your baby to pass through it. The opening of the cervix measures 10 centimeters when it is fully dilated.
Pain is a two part procedure during child birth: first part is physical experience and the second part is your emotional reaction to your experience and this is the part on which you need to have more control.
If you have the possibility you can consider giving birth under hypnosis which is an alternative way of coping with delivery pain.
Hospital bag preparation
Now when you are 35 weeks pregnant, it is the right time for packing your bag if you are planning to give birth in a hospital or in a birthing center. This is the time to buy diapers and baby clothes. If you already have children, then this is the right time to prepare them for the upcoming baby.
If you plan to give birth at home, this is the time to talk with your midwife about the necessary things you need to prepare.
Care you need to take when you are 35 weeks pregnant
- The last few weeks of pregnancy can be very exhausting, so taking proper rest is very essential.
- Frequent walking is very important at this time as it can ease the labor pains.
- Consume the diet rich in calcium, iron and fiber.
- Keep yourself hydrated every time.
- Maintain an active lifestyle in order to get a good night sleep.
- Your baby feels your anxiety and stress. According to the studies, the mother’s state of mind is increasingly influencing the baby’s development in the last month of pregnancy.
Changes that occur in the fetus when you are in pregnancy week 35
During pregnancy 35 weeks, your baby is about 20.25 inches long and weighs up to 5.5 pounds. Generally, babies gain about one-half pound per week during the last month of pregnancy. The legs and arms of your baby will become chubby from this week onwards because of more and more fat deposition. The deposit of fat will increase from about 2% at mid pregnancy to 12-15% at term.
Decrease in baby movements
Till now, your baby had predictable patterns of sleep and wakefulness. Knowing those patterns provide a helpful insight into your baby’s overall wellbeing. However, from this week, you will observe less fetal movements with 35 weeks pregnant ultrasound because the baby is cramped and restricted inside the uterus.
The digestive tract of your 35 week fetus is still immature but the baby’s kidneys and liver are developed and functional. In the same time, the baby’s nervous system is constantly developing.
Your baby’s lungs enter in the last stage of development but they are perfectly able to sustain the baby if you give birth during this week. Also, your baby is able to hear you almost perfectly clear now; so make sure you talk to your baby more and more.
The brain of the baby is rapidly evolving and you will notice that the baby responds to sounds and starts listening to you especially when you raise your voice.
Health and safety tips for 35 weeks pregnancy
Sometimes, you experience low hemoglobin levels during your pregnancy. But, from now onwards, it is the time to elevate the hemoglobin levels again.
This elevation is due to the fact that there is storage of iron that takes place in your body to prepare for the normal blood loss that you will experience at the time of your baby’s birth.
The depletion in iron levels is because your baby has utilized your iron levels to manufacture bone marrow and red blood cells. From now on, the iron that will be used would mostly be for your own body rather than your baby’s.
Find out what to expect when you are 36 weeks pregnant.