35th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes


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Confused, anxious, excited, and terrified? With just a month left for your delivery day, chances are, you experience one or all of these emotions. How does the baby look? What would be the color of his eyes? Why does the pregnancy seem unending? Is my little munchkin healthy and safe? Are you dying to know the tiny little changes that your baby is going through right now? If you can relate to these questions or you simply wish to find out about 35th-week pregnancy, read our post here.

35 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms:

The baby’s development is alost complete except for a few vital organs like the lungs and liver. Some other symptoms of 35th week of pregnancy include:

  • Baby gains weight rapidly
  • Mom gains weight as well
  • Mother experiences frequent urination
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • General discomfort and headache
  • Edema
  • Braxton Hicks contractions become common
  • Itchy and flaky skin
  • Increased visits to the bathroom

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Changes In Your Body:

Your monthly/bi-monthly check-ups are replaced by weekly visits to the doctor to monitor your baby’s growth. Your doctor may also keep a tab on your weight gain besides checking your cervix for dilation. Here are some of the changes that your body goes through when 35 weeks pregnant:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Edema
  • Achy Back And General Discomfort
  • Baby Moves Into Head Down Position
  • Gaining Weight
  • Internal Organs Continue To Develop
  • Getting Ready For Delivery
  • Prepare A List Of Things To Do
  • Pay Attention To Your Diet
  • Exercise

Your internal organs like the bladder and lungs are under tremendous pressure to accommodate a ballooning uterus- all thanks to your baby who is now growing at a rapid pace! The bladder’s capacity to hold urine reduces, which means you can no longer control the urge to pee. If the baby has settled head-down, your trips to the bathroom are going to be more frequent than ever. There’s little that you can do to prevent these visits, though you can try and empty your bladder as much as possible when peeing. Kegel exercises strengthen pelvic muscles and can help to control incontinence. However, don’t cut down on fluids. You need to drink plenty of water to prevent constipation and edema. Water also helps your baby absorb nutrients from the blood cells.

Sadly, heartburns are here to stay until your baby drops into the cervix. The burgeoning uterus not only puts pressure on the bladder, but also pushes your stomach leaving you with heartburn. Muscles that prevent digestive juices from entering the esophagus earlier now relax and lead to irritation and burning. Luckily, this is a temporary problem, which will disappear soon after you deliver. While it lasts, there are several steps you can take to control and treat the problem. For one, avoid foods that trigger heartburn: avoid spicy and greasy food. Caffeine triggers acidity, along with the peppermint. Drink plenty of water before and after meals, but not during a meal. Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow your body to breathe. Eat at least two hours before bedtime to allow your stomach to digest food. Don’t skip meals because an empty stomach may trigger acidity and cause heartburn.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Heartburn During Pregnancy ]

Here again, the growing uterus is the main perpetrator. Pressure from the uterus pushes your bowel and doesn’t allow it to function efficiently. The iron supplements also contribute to the problem. Pregnancy hormones loosen muscles around the pelvis and are equally responsible for the situation. It is quite normal and not a cause for worry, but, when you don’t treat it in time, you could develop hemorrhoids aka piles. To ease things pile on fiber- rich foods like whole grains and fruits. Kiwi juice is an effective laxative like isabgol. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your digestive system moving. Warm liquids stimulate a bowel movement. Probiotics like curd, pickles, idli, dosa, etc. also help.

Do swollen ankles and feet bother you? The growing uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins and restricts blood flow from the legs to the heart. The veins push the fluid into your ankles and feet. The condition is edema, and it is quite common in the third trimester especially after your baby latches onto the cervix. It tends to get worse by the end of the day. Edema need not be a cause for worry, unless you notice swelling in your face and around the eyes, or if your hands and feet swell up unusually. Call a doctor immediately to rule out preeclampsia. To prevent edema, put your feet up whenever possible. Remember to stretch your legs and rotate your ankles whenever possible. Wear comfortable shoes that don’t constrict your feet. And most important of all, drink plenty of water. Your feet will get back to their normal size after delivery when the body eliminates all the excess fluid.

As the baby continues to grow, other internal organs make way for an expanding uterus, which causes lower back pain. The weight gain makes you feel uneasy and uncomfortable. Hormonal changes within the body also contribute to the problem; they relax the pelvic muscles and loosen them to prepare for delivery. These hormones also loosen muscles around the spine area and lead to backaches. Like most pregnancy related symptoms, this too shall pass. Avoid wearing heels and sleeping on your back to prevent backache. If the pain persists, ask your doctor if she could prescribe pain medications. [1]

At around 34-36 weeks, babies move into the head-down position, i.e. they turn their head down towards the birth canal. It frequently happens among first-time moms. In the initial stages of pregnancy when there was enough room for him to move, your baby was less likely to assume the cephalic (head-down) position. But as his size increases, your uterus seems too small. Thus, he moves into a comfortable position. For subsequent pregnancies, the uterus stretches to accommodate the baby. He may take his own sweet time to move head-down. Sometimes, the baby turns just before labor. When you are pregnant with twins, both or one of the babies may not take the head-down position. If your doctor predicts a breech or head-up pregnancy, the doctor may suggest a C-section.

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