The 35 weeks of pregnancy mark the end of the eighth gestational month and this means that the birth of the baby is getting closer every day. Mom has been feeling a lot of discomfort from the end of pregnancy and, in addition, the anxiety in dads also increases every day waiting for the arrival of the baby that is to come in the next few weeks.
That’s why it is very important that the care with the pregnancy remains and that now more than ever the dad, family and friends are very helpful and collaborate with the pregnant woman who starts to have difficulties even to perform the daily tasks.
If you want to stay on top of all the symptoms, events and care that mark the 35th gestational week, just continue reading this post. Come with us!
Symptoms at 35 weeks of pregnancy
A pregnant woman at 35 weeks of pregnancy continues to feel the symptoms of the end of pregnancy and this implies that the discomfort tends to be intense and constant. Thus, it is important to take some precautions to ensure greater well-being and health for this moment.
Check below for the main symptoms of pregnant women at 35 weeks of pregnancy:
Lack of air
It is very common for pregnant women at this stage of pregnancy to feel short of breath due to the pressure that the uterus makes on the ribs. To prevent this symptom from getting worse, try to avoid strenuous exertion whenever possible and do the breathing exercise slowly.
For this same reason (uterine pressure on your ribs), you may also experience indigestion or discomfort while eating. With this in mind, avoid large meals giving priority to lighter and spaced foods throughout the day and remember that eating correctly and in the ideal amount is essential for the correct nutrition of the baby.
You may have noticed that in the past few weeks your weight has increased considerably and the trend is that during this week the extra pounds on the scale will continue to rise. However, to prevent weight gain from going beyond what is expected, it is interesting that you do nutritional monitoring and follow a specific eating plan for your needs.
Another common symptom in 35 weeks of pregnancy is insomnia. This is because Mom is experiencing various physical and emotional symptoms that prevent her from relaxing. But believe me: a regular night’s sleep will be sorely missed and it is very important that you take care to ensure that your sleep is up to date. Therefore, include in your routine the habit of taking calming teas and warm baths, we are sure that this will contribute a lot.
As with previous weeks, Braxton Hicks contractions (or training contractions) will also continue into the 35th gestational week. But before you worry about it, we’ve already told you that this type of contraction doesn’t do any harm to you or your baby’s health. It’s just your body’s way of preparing for the birth, and it causes mild, short-lived symptoms.
However, if you notice that the symptom is intense, it is recommended that you see a doctor as this may indicate a premature birth.
The weight gain caused during pregnancy can cause cramps during the 35 weeks of pregnancy and this also causes great discomfort in the pregnant woman. To avoid them you can massage and stretch the most affected areas and increase your consumption of foods rich in calcium and magnesium.
A pregnant woman may feel tired during the end of pregnancy due to symptoms that prevent her from resting, in addition to the fact that she has difficulty breathing. Therefore, it is essential that Mom takes small breaks throughout the day to ensure that this tiredness does not overwhelm her.
During the 35 weeks of gestation, the pregnant woman complains of back pain that aggravates at the end of the day and the result of this is the weight of the belly. Rest and a good night’s sleep are essential to ensure that this symptom does not bother you too much.
Mom will also notice throughout the pregnancy that toilet time has increased. And this is a result of the pressure that the uterus puts on the bladder, reducing its reservoir. It’s important to remember that although you pee more often, you should not reduce your fluid intake (other than those that are diuretics), quite the opposite: staying well hydrated during pregnancy will ensure that your health and your baby will not be harmed and will prevent the appearance of illnesses that can be serious, such as urinary tract infections .
Changes in pregnant women at 35 weeks of pregnancy
Regarding the physical changes in pregnant women, the main ones are related to weight gain, which is now even more accelerated. To make sure this isn’t uncomfortable, it’s important for Mom to find a good sleeping position, as well as making sure the clothes and shoes she’s wearing are comfortable and not squeezing you.
As the pregnancy is coming to an end, it is normal for the obstetrician to ask the pregnant woman to go to appointments weekly until the date of delivery. Remember to follow the schedule proposed by the doctor to ensure that everything goes well and that your baby arrives in the world in great health!
Development of the fetus at 35 weeks of pregnancy
During the 35 weeks of pregnancy, practically all the baby’s organs are already formed (except for the lungs that are still developing). See below for the main events of this gestational stage:
- The kidneys and liver are 100% functioning and are already performing their functions;
- The baby’s face is smoother;
- The skin is pink and no longer reddish;
- The baby is covered in a thick layer of creamy vermix and may already have a lot of hair;
- The fingernails reach the fingertips and the toenails are not yet fully developed;
- Now the baby doesn’t have as much space inside the uterus and has probably already assumed the upside-down position and is ready to be born.
What is the size of the fetus at 35 weeks of pregnancy?
The 35-week-pregnant fetus is approximately 46.2 centimeters, which is the size of an orange melon, and its estimated weight is 2.83 kilograms.
35 weeks pregnant is how many months?
The pregnant woman with 35 weeks of gestation is in the 8th gestational month.
Pregnant driving: can it or not?
The answer to that question is yes and no. Although the Brazilian traffic code that prohibited pregnant women from driving after the fifth gestational month is no longer in effect since 1997, it is recommended that the mother not drive.
And this is explained by the fact that the baby is agitated in the belly, which will certainly divert the woman’s attention, which may have consequences in traffic. Furthermore, reflexes tend to be slower during pregnancy and this also contributes to the fact that driving during this period is not recommended.
So if you are more than 5 months pregnant, we recommend that you take a break from driving. Prefer to get around by public transport, taxi, transport apps or hitchhiking. I’m sure that way you and your baby will be safer. And for more detailed information on the subject, you can talk to your obstetrician.
Care during 35 weeks of pregnancy
In addition to taking care of driving, there are some other precautions necessary during the 35 weeks of pregnancy to ensure the health and well-being of both mother and baby. See below some of them:
- Keep your diet healthy and balanced;
- Hydrate yourself properly;
- Take short rest breaks throughout the day;
- Ask your husband, family, and friends for help with your daily chores;
- Find out about maternity leave;
- Follow the appointment schedule proposed by the obstetrician;
- Keep your legs elevated at least 3 times daily;
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes;
- Prioritize a regular night’s sleep;
- Write down your doubts about pregnancy and maternity for clarification with your doctor during consultations;
- Include in your routine activities that you like to ensure leisure and relaxation;
- If you haven’t done it yet, provide the maternity bag and if possible leave it in the car;
- And… Finally, enjoy the last days of your pregnancy calmly and lightly (whenever possible). This moment is magical!
Well, we hope that you have managed to understand all the main aspects surrounding the 35 weeks of pregnancy. if you have any questions regarding this matter, be sure to comment on this post that we clarify.
Oh, and don’t forget that all the content shown here is informative and does not replace visits to the doctor and prenatal care. Quite the contrary: we from the PregDream team recognize the importance of medical follow-up and encourage you to go to appointments whenever possible.
In addition, if you want to keep following the latest symptoms and events of the end of the gestational period, just keep following our blog . In the next few days we will publish the next posts and we’ll wait for you here! To the next!
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.