What’s going on in the later stages of pregnancy development? 35 weeks pregnant is already a long way along the process which means that you are close to hugging your baby. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Mom, at pregnancy week 34 and 35 your baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating. What does that mean? Room in your womb is getting insufficient for your baby so you may be suffering backaches and lower back discomforts due to the heavy weight of your uterus.

At this pregnancy stage many women tend to be nervous in the close proximity of the birth. You should try to relax and spend more quality time with your husband. Once your baby arrives, you and your partner will be very busy dealing with all the needs of your new baby. So try some relaxation exercises, it will help you a lot during labor and delivery.

At 35 weeks pregnant, you should be well aware that at the time of birth, things can get difficult and your doctor may consider a Cesarean. According to the National Center for Health Statistic’s latest reports, approximately 31% of moms giving birth in the United States have a C-section. So you have to know what to expect in these cases, especially new moms.

Mom and Baby Changes

Mom: At 35 weeks pregnant your uterus is about 5 to 6 inches from the top of your navel.

You may notice that you have more and more contractions. This is a great sign that your body is getting ready! However be aware of having painful contractions with pressure in your vagina, vaginal bleeding and fluid leakage because you may be experiencing Preterm Labor.

Keep eating healthy food because your baby is taking calcium from you to create their bones. Continue taking your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium.

Mom, 35 weeks pregnant is the perfect time to start making practice runs to the hospital.

Baby: At pregnancy week 34 your baby is gaining more fat to keep him or her safe and warm in the first weeks after delivery. His / her skin may be covered with a kind of waxy white colored protective substance that normally covers all newborn babies’ skin. Your baby’s hair continues to get longer and thicker.

Your baby also begins to develop its own immune system.

The length of your baby is around 34 cm (13.4 inches) and its weight is about 2600-2750 grams (5.7-6 pounds).

Dad: At 35 weeks pregnant you have a big responsibility to keep your partner relaxed.

Consider doing fun things to celebrate her pregnancy, like taking maternity photos or making a belly cast. Some husbands enjoy painting their partners’ belly. Keep her busy, happy, and relaxed.

My own experience at 35 weeks pregnant:

At 35 weeks pregnant, as my due date was approaching, I was very anxious about the birth. I think it was fear of the unknown, and my husband helped me to get relaxed. We used to go for a walk in the evenings and weekends to be relaxed in mind and body. That helped me a lot to eliminate fear and anxiety.