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35 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

Your baby is becoming plumper by the day, and a bit like a honeydew melon in size.

week 35 infographic.

What does my baby look like in week 35?

The extra fat that your baby is building up will help regulate their body temperature when they're born. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are starting to descend from his abdomen into his scrotum.

Your pregnancy symptoms in week 35

Breasts

As your breasts are still growing, you may need another bra fitting. It’s also a good idea to talk to the fitter about bras for after your baby is born.

If you’re planning to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to be measured for a feeding bra and buy a couple in advance.

Be aware, though, that your breasts will feel fuller when your milk comes in around three to five days after the birth, so don’t buy lots of new bras just yet!

Sore ribs

If your baby is head down and kicking her legs, you may have sore ribs.

If this is because of your baby’s position, the rib pain will ease as she moves down into your pelvis ready for birth. Your midwife will be able to tell you whether it’s due to the position your baby is in.

If the pain is severe and under your ribs, or you feel any heavy pressure on your chest, this could be a sign of pre-eclampsia and you should call your midwife, doctor or labour ward immediately.

Bad dreams

Lots of women have dreams about their pregnancy, labour and the baby at this stage of pregnancy. Sometimes they can be nightmares and you might find this very scary.

These dreams don’t mean there’s anything wrong – it’s just your mind’s way of dealing with the very natural anxiety and worries you might not express when you’re awake. If you have any worries about labour, birth or your baby, talk to your midwife.

Braxton hicks

Braxton Hicks  are often called ‘practise contractions’ but they are NOT contractions and they do not mean you are going into labour. The womb contracts and tightens with your bump becoming hard to touch; it then relaxes again, becoming soft. They usually they start in the second half of the pregnancy but can happen earlier. Many women don’t have them at all. 

Read about the signs of labour here

Read more about braxton hicks here

What to do in week 35

Go to sleep on your side if you're not already doing so

When you reach your third trimester, the advice is to go to sleep on your side because research has shown that going to sleep on your back is linked to an increased risk of stillbirth. This advice includes daytime napping and night sleeping. Read more about safe sleep positions in pregnancy

Preparing for labour - TENS machine

A TENS machine is used for pain relief in labour. It is a small machine that is attached to your back with sticky pads. It sends out tiny electrical impulses to block pain signals sent from your body to your brain.

You can hire or buy a TENS machine so you have it ready at the start of labour. Try it out before you go into labour (after you reach 37 weeks) so you can learn how it works. For the best results, start using it early in your labour.

Read more about pain relief during labour here.

How will my baby be kept safe in labour?

Your midwife will check on how your baby is coping during your labour using different instruments and machines.

Read more about keeping an eye on your baby during labour.

Have you got a car seat?

You’ll need to take your baby home from hospital in a car seat if you are travelling by car or taxi - this is the law. So make sure you get yours sorted soon. If you are walking, the best buggies for newborn babies allow them to lie flat on their backs. Some have different settings for different age babies allowing the baby to go from flat to sitting up when they are older.

Pack your bags

If you haven’t already done it, it’s time to pack your labour and baby bags so you’re ready to go whenever your baby decides to arrive.

“Get organised earlier rather than later (pack hospital bags, get house in order etc) when you have the energy and in case your little one decides to come early, or you end up on bed rest.”

Hannah, mum of prem twins

If you’ve quit smoking, remember to pack your nicotine patches or anything else you’re using to help you give up.

Flying

If you’re planning a trip somewhere, bear in mind that most airlines won’t allow women to travel in late pregnancy. By this stage of your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to stay fairly close to home in case your baby comes early.

Remember to keep your pregnancy notes close at hand at all times.

Find out more about pain relief in labour and birth.

Sources

NHS Choices. You and your baby at 33–36 weeks pregnant. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-33-34-35-36.aspx (Page last reviewed: 31/03/2017 Next review due: 31/03/2020).

Heazell AEP, Li M et al (2017) Association between maternal sleep practices and late stillbirth – findings from a stillbirth case-control study. BJOG 2017; https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.14967.

Stacey T, Thompson JM et al (2011) Association between maternal sleep practices and risk of late stillbirth: a case-control study. BMJ. 2011 Jun 14;342:d3403. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d3403.

Gordon A1, Raynes-Greenow C et al (2015) Sleep position, fetal growth restriction, and late-pregnancy stillbirth: the Sydney stillbirth study. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;125(2):347-55. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000627.

NHS Choices. Pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pre-eclampsia-pregnant.aspx (Page last reviewed: 07/06/2018  Next review due: 07/06/2021).

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Last reviewed on June 29th, 2018. Next review date June 29th, 2021.

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