35th Week of Pregnancy
Your Baby: Positioned for Birth?
Baby's Growth and Development When You're 35 Weeks Pregnant
During this 35th week of pregnancy, your baby's growth has been progressing at a remarkable pace as your due date draws near. But the next three weeks could bring your baby's most rapid weight gains.
- Your baby probably continues to gain at least 223 g a week.
- During the 35th week of pregnancy, your baby already might be close to their birth length and they continue to build up necessary fat, especially in their shoulders.
- Within your now-crowded uterus, your baby might shift their movements from kicks and punches to more rolls and wiggles.
- Your baby’s brain development continues to advance quickly.
- Your baby might already have settled into a head-down position in your pelvis, if this is your first pregnancy. This is the ideal position for delivery because your baby's head is the biggest part of their body.
- Position refers to your baby's placement in your uterus — whether they are facing right or left or headfirst or feet first. Your baby floats in your uterus and changes positions often throughout early and mid-pregnancy. When you’re between 32 and 36 weeks pregnant, your baby usually rotates to a head-down position for labour and delivery.
- Headfirst position is called the vertex position.
- Feet first position is called a breech position.
- If your baby is breech but is not too far down into your pelvis, your Healthcare Professional might try to turn your baby into the proper position a few weeks before your due date.
- Lying-sideways position is called a transverse position.
Wellness and Nutrition When You're 35 Weeks Pregnant
During this busy time of preparation, it's more important than ever to maintain your energy and strong health with balanced nutrition and regular exercise.
- You are probably visiting your Healthcare Professional every two weeks now. Most of these visits will be the same as previous checkups with a few additions:
- Your Healthcare Professional will probably screen you using a routine test for group B streptococcus (GBS).
- This bacterium (not related to strep throat) usually lives harmlessly in the vaginas of 10% to 35% of healthy women.
- Although GBS poses no risk to you, your baby can pick it up during delivery.
- If you test positive for GBS, you will probably be given antibiotics during labour to protect your baby.
- Your Healthcare Professional also might check your baby's position to see if she's moved into place for delivery.
- Your Healthcare Professional will probably feel your baby's position from the outside of your abdomen. As you get closer to your due date, your Healthcare Professional might perform a vaginal exam to check your cervix.
- Your Healthcare Professional will confirm which part of your baby's body is farthest down in your pelvis. In most cases, it’s your baby's head
Putting a Plan in Place
Working out the details now can lead to a smoother labour and delivery later!
- Be sure both you and your partner know the way to the hospital and how long it takes to get there, from home or work. Do a practice run, if necessary!
- Have a backup route ready in case of poor weather or traffic problems.
- Have a plan for each time of day (or night). Who will take you to the hospital? How do you reach your partner?
- Make preparations if you have other children or pets.
Pre-planning Quick List
- Are the phone numbers for your Healthcare Professional, partner, and sitter in one place?
- Are your maternity benefits and leave paperwork complete?
- Are you preregistered at the hospital?
- Do you know when to call the Healthcare Professional if labour has begun?
- Who will drive you if it's during the day or at night?
- Where do you park?
- Is videotaping allowed?
- What are the hospital's visitor policies?
Practice makes perfect! If you've already finished your childbirth classes, don't forget to practice breathing, relaxation, or stretching techniques. This way you'll be ready to use them when the time comes!
Your Changing Body When You're 35 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 35 weeks pregnant, your body continues to make internal adjustments and preparations for your baby's birth.
- Your cervix might already begin to dilate or open very slightly to get ready for birth in a few weeks.
- When this begins, you might notice a sharp pain in your vagina. This doesn't mean you're in labour.
- Some women begin dilating in the few weeks, days, or even hours before labour.
- You might continue to feel practice contractions this week. Remember, these contractions will not settle into a regular rhythm.