Week 35 of Pregnancy
Your Baby in Week 35 of Pregnancy
Your baby is standing tall (so to speak) this week at about 20 inches and continues her steady weight gain (she’s about 5.5 pounds). While she won’t get much longer, she will continue to pack on the pounds — including large amounts of baby fat — right up ’til delivery day. Something else that’s moving at a mind-boggling pace these day: fetal brain development! There’s a lot going on inside that tiny head, which is, by the way, still soft to allow an easier exit through the birth canal.
Learn more about your baby in week 35 and fetal weight gain.
Your Body in Week 35 of Pregnancy
Now that your baby is head-down in preparation for delivery, chances are your bladder is feeling the squeeze, causing you to leak a little every time you sneeze (or cough or laugh) or making you feel like you have an urgent need to pee all the time. Whatever you do, don’t cut back on fluids! One way to improve your body’s holding power instead: Do lots and lots of those pelvic-floor exercises called Kegels. They can help strengthen your pelvic muscles (important now and postpartum).
Learn more about your body in week 35 and frequent urination during pregnancy.
Week 35 Pregnancy Tip: Finding a Doula
What’s a doula? The literal translation is “woman’s servant” (and that’s just what you need — isn’t it? Along with a chef…and a massage therapist…and a chauffeur…). But back to reality — and to your pregnancy — a doula can do double duty when you need her the most. First, there’s the birth doula, a companion who’s professionally trained to provide support — and a hand to hold — during labor. The other is a postpartum one. (Go to week 42 to read more about postpartum doulas.) A birth doula knows all about breathing and relaxation techniques for labor, as well as the best positions to bring relief for all that pain. Some laboring women actually find they need less pain medication — or none at all — when a doula is present (though a good birth doula will explore all pain-relief options with you and help you choose what’s right for your situation). But her most-important role may be the emotional comfort she provides during a potentially frightening time, and that might be just what the doctor — or midwife — ordered. To find a doula, consult an agency, check the Resource Directory, or ask other moms for recommendations.