How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 35
At Week 35, your baby weighs nearly 2500 grams and is well over 18 inches long. The space in the uterus is now getting pretty cramped, so your baby has hardly any room to move. Which means, no more somersaulting for your baby!
Your baby's week by week growth is up to the mark! To make use of whatever space is available, your little one will now try to fit her/his head in the pelvic cavity. This is also due to the fact that the head is heavy and tends to move towards gravity.
Once in head down position, the chances of your baby turning are very low. One of the major considerations for a vaginal birth is sorted with the engagement of the head.
Your baby’s lungs are also mature and if s/he is born now, it will be possible for her/him to easily adapt to life outside the womb. Your baby is going to spend the next few weeks in your womb just adding to the fat layers.
From this week onwards, you will see your doctor every week. Your doctor will check your abdomen more keenly to ascertain the baby’s exact position. An ultrasound is not necessary to know the position of the baby.
Most birthing facilities might require you to take some blood tests like HIV and other infectious diseases as these could get transmitted to the caregivers during birth.
Signs and Symptoms
As your baby starts to put more pressure on the pelvis, you might experience some back pain and if your baby’s back is pressed against yours, then the backache will be more pronounced. A gentle back massage can work wonders to give you some relief. Get your partner to give you one!
You might also notice some swelling especially around the ankles and feet. If your blood pressure is normal, then this is just due to the restricted blood flow to and from your legs. Raise your feet up against a surface now and then, for relief.
Consider appointing a doula (a birth support professional) to be with you during labor and birth. The doula is trained to guide you with positions, breathing and she can also offer emotional support. A doula however, does not give medical advice and will not make decisions for you. Having a doula at the birth is known to reduce interventions and also the C-section rate by almost half.
You might be feeling huge and a bit worried about losing weight post delivery. Remember, weight loss post pregnancy has to be gradual. Vigorous exercise or dieting after delivery does more harm than good.
Make sure you spend some time with your partner as birth approaches. The poor dads-to-be and their feelings are often ignored during pregnancy as all the fuss is about the mum!
Many expectant dads are nervous about being able to make it to the hospital on time. Others might be worried about holding up while watching their wife in so much pain. Few might also be anxious about the new responsibility. So reassure each other that you will take this on together and that should help you with the performance anxiety!
In your pregnancy week by week check-ups, an ultrasound may show a single loop around the baby’s neck, there is no cause for concern and you will probably be able to deliver normally (vaginal birth). However, if your doctor finds that there are multiple loops around the neck or knots in the cord, then she/he may recommend a surgical birth.
Old Wives Tales
Many mothers are asked to consume a glass of hot milk and two tablespoons of ghee in the last month of pregnancy as it is believed to make the birth canal more slippery and hence make the delivery easier. This is completely a myth. Consuming extra fat will just make you gain extra weight, especially around the buttocks. This can in fact, make delivery more difficult; so stay away from the excess ghee!
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