Pregnancy- Week 35

How your baby is growing:

Your baby is now an estimated eighteen inches tall and just over the five pound mark. It is important to note that baby weights and lengths vary more than just a little after week thirty-five. Some babies are born eighteen inches tall and so are about done growing taller some babies are born more like twenty –four inches and have a ways to go. Some babies pack on the pounds and come out little butter-balls of chub, some babies don’t. Even the ultrasound you’ll have in the coming weeks to be sure your baby can fit through your pelvis, will likely be at least a few pounds and inches off.

Considering the fact that your baby has put on so much weight and size, no matter how much that is, you’ll soon notice a difference in movements of your baby. Movements like the twisting turns of an acrobat to the sharp kicks and jabs of a baby running out of stretching room. Fat has now begun to focus its deposits on the arms and legs. The head is growing rapidly in circumference as the brain expands and grows, meaning your baby is getting smarter. Five percent of babies are born in the thirty-fifth week. This number goes to as high as thirty five percent if you are carrying twins.

How your body is changing:

Still little change this week, though if your baby has dropped that growing head circumference may make your bathroom trips even more frequent. You didn’t think that was possible did you? Remember to do your Kegel exercises it will as stated make your labor easier and help you from having accidents in this time of extreme bladder pressure.

Still little change this week, though if your baby has dropped that growing head a bit then that may make your bathroom trips even more frequent.

How your life is changing:

Do's & Dont's

Watch your salt intake in the coming weeks if you’re having an issue with swelling, and take frequent naps to combat fatigue. Fatigue by the way, will become nearly unbearable until that nesting urge hits and the energy flows in.

Around this week most doctors will move you up to weekly visits rather than bi-weekly. You’ll be advanced to every few days if you are at high risk for pre-term labor or in the final week or so of your pregnancy. Some doctors will even do daily visits with women past their due date, so I hope you like your doctor since you’ll be seeing him/her a lot more.

You may also want to know:

What to expect at this week’s visit to the doctor:

  • A urine sample to test for protein and infection. (Preeclampsia is at high risk in the final five weeks)
  • A blood pressure check.
  • A physical exam.
  • Measuring and positional checks on your baby via abdominal examination.
  • And the new one, which is not yet common and most people dread about is cervical checks to see if you’ve dilated and/or thinned as well as the position of your cervix.

Please note:It’s not uncommon for a woman to be dilated to one or two cm or not at all, though dilation can be a sign of labor soon to follow, it’s not a certain sign.

Later, as mentioned above, several things will be done to estimate the size of your baby so that it can be considered to induce before it becomes so large it won’t exit vaginally. Your doctor will review the development and the position. Based on which, the doctor will give his/her estimate. An ultrasound will also be done to get a more accurate estimate. Regardless, even ultrasounds have been known to be incorrect in predicting exact date.

Now for more labor and delivery information to ease your anxious brain-

What happens to your baby immediately after birth?

Most doctors will suction the nose and mouth immediately when your baby’s head exits before the rest of its body has even made it out. This is to remove amniotic fluid from the nostrils and mouth so your baby can breathe. Once the baby has exited providing you don’t need any special medical care the baby will be placed skin-to-skin on your chest to be kept warm after being quickly examined for health and possibly suctioned for more fluids. This quick evaluation is called an Apgar assessment (see below for more information) and takes literally moments.

During this cleaning no matter where it takes place the baby will be kept warm and two clamps will be placed on the umbilical cord. The cord will then be cut between the clamps by your doctor.Don’t worry there are no pain receptors in the umbilical cord so your baby cannot feel this.

After that, most mothers will begin to breast feed. The sooner breast feeding is begun the easier latching on tends to be. After that all that’s left is for you to sit staring in awe at your new baby.

The APGAR assessment, what is it?
The APGAR newborn assessment is based on five areas that determine over all health of your baby. Scores for each category vary from zero to two, therefore a ten is a perfect score and zero is the worst. Don’t worry most babies don’t score a ten or a zero. Anything above a seven is considered healthy.

  • Appearance: refers to the color of the baby's skin tone, depending on his circulation. A score of zero would indicate bad color, as in a blue baby while a score of two a healthy pink baby.
  • Pulse: relates to baby's heart rate which measures the strength and regularity of the heartbeat A score of zero equates no heart beat, and two vigorous health over one-hundred and fifty beat a minute.
  • Grimace (reflex): tests the baby's reflexes and response when the sole of the foot is stimulated For a zero the baby must show no response, and for a two he or she must cry.
  • Activity: gives an indication of the baby's muscle tone. A zero is given to babies who are limp and show no movement, two for those who move and flex feet and hands.
  • Respiration: reveals the maturity and health of the baby's lungs. Zero indicates the baby was not breathing when it exited the womb, a two strong breathes and crying.


This is all right! I know how

This is all right! I know how it feels when you are at the stage of giving birth.