want to see you more often, about once every week. The healthcare provider will ask you to keep track of the fetal movements which should ideally be felt at least 10 times within two hours. You can use a notebook to record the movements. If you still do not feel the movements, do not panic as for a couple of weeks it might be difficult to tell the difference between gas and the actual movements.
Once you learn your baby’s waking and sleeping cycles then you can set aside a certain time each day when you know your baby is very active to count the kicks and identify problem areas to avoid stillbirths. If you do not feel 10 movements within 2 hours or notice a significant deviation from the pattern for 3 to 4 days, consult your doctor.
Until the 36th week, it is normal for you to gain weight at a slightly faster rate. To avoid gaining unhealthy weight, you can eat healthy low fat food with high quantities of fruits and vegetables. This provides the roughage and bulk required to prevent constipation. The iron, calcium, and vitamin supplements prescribed by the doctor need to be taken regularly. Even though the baby is fully developed, these supplements will help to build the baby as well as your immunity for the forthcoming labor. The boost of nutrients can also help you in having a speedy recovery after the delivery. These supplements need to be taken along with a healthy and nutritious diet to increase their effectiveness.
Your Symptoms: Your growing belly is putting pressure on your bladder, so you are likely experiencing frequent urination.
Baby’s Development: The lungs are producing surfactant, which allows the alveoli to expand and is essential for your baby’s breathing once she is born. The kidneys are also fully developed.
Baby’s Size: 43.7 cm, 1.9 kg.
To Do: Make a labor contingency plan. Who will fill in for you at work? Who will watch older kids? Who will take care of pets?
The baby is growing fast and measures around 18 inches in length with a weight of around 5 ½ to 6 pounds. The majority of the baby’s growth is complete by the 35th week. The development of the baby’s kidneys is complete and the liver is beginning to produce waste. The baby will have less space in the body to move. However, its kickboxing routine that you might be counting at a specific period of the day will remain the same.
If you have not started bonding with your baby this is a good time to start as the baby’s hearing faculty is fully developed by now. Do not feel awkward while chatting in baby talk as experts say that newborns pay close attention to high pitched tones. 99% of the babies born in the 35th week can survive outside the womb without any problems. The baby’s central nervous system is still developing but the lungs are mostly fully developed. Most of the protective tissues and hair tend to disappear but some may remain as a scaly coating. Tiny vellus hair grows in the next few weeks. Your baby is getting plump and the fat deposits begin to form which add fullness to the baby’s arms and legs.
Changes with your body
By this time, you will have gained about 24 to 29 pounds. The distance from your belly button to the top of the uterus will be about 6 inches. Until the baby shifts to the head down position which lowers the baby into the pelvis, you might experience difficulty in breathing. This is due to the pressure of the uterus on the rib cage. Towards the end of the pregnancy the baby drops into the pelvis. This phenomenon is called lightening. Lightening can cause pressure on the bladder increasing your trips to the bathroom. You may start noticing a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvis region due to the pressure of the baby on the nerves. This may not subside till the birth of the baby.
Pelvic girdle pain or hip pain accompanied with back pain is very common. The pain starts from the pubic area and may travel down the inside of the thighs. It can worsen while walking, moving or separating legs and often become worse at night. Getting up to go to the toilet can be very painful. You can practice relaxation methods and regular resting to help you cope with the uncomfortable position. The other symptoms which you may experience by this stage are changes in the breast size and shape with darkening of the areolas. Constipation, occasional headaches, itching, frequent urination, indigestion or heartburn, hemorrhoids, round ligament pains and stretch marks are also all common.
What to expect
Your routine visits to the doctor should increase as they require checking your cervix for signs of effacement and dilation. You might face sleeping difficulties as the pressure on the bladder increases the frequency of urination. You might develop backaches or swollen feet. You can try doing pelvic tilts before sleeping and limiting fluids at night to help you fall asleep faster.
Stress inconsistence is very common in pregnancy and is embarrassing for the pregnant women. Urine can leak while doing normal daily activities like exercising, coughing, laughing or changing positions. This occurs due to change in hormones as well as due to the pressure of the uterus on the bladder. This problem occurs more frequently in women who have given birth at least once before. To strengthen these muscles and reduce the occurrence of stress inconsistence, you can practice kegel exercises up to 50 times a day. Contracting the muscles of the perineum after delivery can increase the flow of blood to the area and speed up healing.
During this week of pregnancy, a woman might worry about her forthcoming delivery. As such, it would be useful to familiarize yourself with the stages of labor and read positive experiences of others who have gone through the process of delivering a baby. You can join a HypnoBirthing class to remain positive and relaxed during labor.