35 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Discuss any pain medication options you’ll want during labor
- Get tested for the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacterium
- Write those baby shower thank you notes
Your Baby’s Development
This week begins your baby’s most rapid period of weight gain — about 8 to 12 ounces (226 to 340 grams) each week! Fat is being deposited all over your baby’s body, especially around the shoulders. The vernix coating on the baby’s skin is becoming thicker, whereas lanugo hair is almost completely gone.
This increasing size means that your baby is now cramped and restricted inside the uterus — you might feel fewer movements, but they may be stronger and more forceful. If in a headfirst position, your baby’s head will rest on your pubic bone in preparation for labor.
Your bond with your baby will be even stronger once your little one is here. Bonding doesn’t only happen right after birth. It may happen later or develop over time. Bonding makes parents want to protect their baby and shower him or her with affection, and it builds a baby’s sense of security.
Pregnancy symptoms at 35 weeks
You may be feeling that you’ve run out of room – your uterus has expanded to 1,000 times its original volume and is now up under your ribs. If you started your pregnancy at a healthy weight, you may have put on between 10kg and 12.5kg (22lb to 28lb) by now. You probably won’t gain much more from now on.
If your hair is more lustrous than usual, enjoy it while you can! During pregnancy, your hair becomes thicker, because hormones prevent normal hair loss. Not everyone is so lucky with their hair though, particularly if it is usually dry.
How your life’s changing
- If you’ve started your maternity leave, take the opportunity to make time for a regular afternoon rest. It’s a chance to practise the breathing techniques you’ve learnt, too.
- Why not have a pedicure while you’ve got time off? You may find it’s just too hard to reach that hard skin on your feet now your bump gets in the way.
- You’re bound to be dwelling on how your baby’s birth will go. It’s impossible to predict what anyone’s labour will be like, but there are ways you can try to keep control of the experience. For example, by making sure that when the time comes your surroundings are just as you would like them to be.
- Would it surprise you to know that the ideal birth environment is very similar to an intimate, romantic night in with your partner? Privacy, warmth, low lighting and quiet are all elements that help you to relax and focus on your baby. Find out how to set the mood for giving birth.
- If you’re a prospective dad, mug up on ways to be the perfect birth partner. Reading our labour timeline will also give you the knowledge you need on the big day. If you still can’t believe you’re going to be a dad soon, read our tips for bonding with your unborn baby.