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Fetal Development: 35 Weeks

35 Weeks - Pregnancy


Next week, after week 35 of pregnancy, your baby will be considered full term. The average baby weighs about five and a half pounds now and measures about 18-20 inches long. Most babies born at this time will survive and without any long-term problems. The bun is almost done!

This 35th week of pregnancy, your baby is going to be concentrating on weight gain, to fill out his arms and legs into those plump little limbs we all know and love on babies. Besides looking cute, the layers of fat will also help regulate his body temperature.

You may feel less kicking and more twisting and wriggling, as he is running out of room to move around in there. He may have turned to the head down position in preparation for delivery. Your little one is now sleeping through regular periods of REM and deep sleep at week 35. He is also experiencing active and quiet wakefulness where he continues to explore the environment around him. Pretty soon, he’ll be a newborn! Have you been practicing “Goodnight Moon”? Your baby’s hearing is fully developed and he is ready for a good story and a song.


Are those feet jammed in your ribs? Now that the baby has turned, you may feel some kicks and pokes in the ribs, along with a head pressed against your cervix as he stretches. The weight of him, along with the hormone relaxin, may be causing you to waddle as you walk. Relaxin causes your joints to relax during pregnancy, 35 weeks, and beyond, so that your pelvis can widen to allow for easier delivery.

Are you prepared for your delivery? If you haven’t done so already, now may be a good time to pack your hospital bags. Take one for labor and one for postpartum. Check out our article on What to Bring to the Hospital for suggestions.

Between 35 weeks and 37 weeks of pregnancy, your healthcare provider will do a vaginal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS). This won’t be painful, just a quick swab. GBS is usually NOT harmful in adults, but if you have it, it can be passed on to your baby, causing infections like pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. Since 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women have the bacteria, you should be screened. If you do happen to have it, you’ll be given IV antibiotics during labor, which will reduce your baby’s chances of contracting the bacteria by 70%.

If you are a first-time mom, there is a good chance your baby will stay in utero from week 35 of pregnancy until 40 weeks and beyond. Many first babies are late. To stay calm and alleviate your pain, take up prenatal yoga. Yoga gives you a sense of wellness, physically and spiritually. Prenatal yoga allows you to concentrate on the challenges of pregnancy by improving and strengthening stomach muscles, your spine, back muscles and the pelvic area – to inhibit a more ideal birthing experience.

It’s also not too late to practice those Kegel exercises as well. Doing regular Kegels during pregnancy will strengthen the pelvic floor in preparation for delivery. Practicing Kegels will also decrease your likeliness to tear, thereby decreasing your chances of needing an episiotomy. Another benefit of Kegel exercises is that it prevents some urine leakage, which can sometimes happen in late pregnancy.

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This should be used as a general guideline and is for general information and educational purposes only. Please remember that all pregnancies develop at different rates. If you have questions about your baby's development, please contact your doctor or midwife.











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