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Week 35

When you reach week 35, you will feel exhausted as the baby bump starts to feel quite heavy, making you feel uncomfortable during sleep and while performing other activities. You’ll feel anxious and excited at the same time during this stage. You are in eight months of gestation and just one month away from delivering your bundle of joy.

The size of the baby
The size of your baby at this stage resembles a honeydew, melon or pineapple.

Weight/height of the baby
The weight of your baby at this stage is around 2.4-2.5 kg. The height of your baby at this stage is around 45 cm measuring from the crown to the rump.

About your baby
Your baby at this stage feels snug within the uterus because he/she does not have enough space for much movements now and will be sluggish. He/she is almost ready at this stage but still, is in the process of development. The last weeks of the pregnancy journey are essential for the maturation of the major organs. Your baby will start practising how to suck at this stage as they have to start sucking your breasts once they enter the world. He/she will start lowering down in position to prepare for delivery. His/her kidneys are fully matured at this stage and will produce urine that joins the amniotic fluid. The fatty tissues of the baby are also well-developed at this stage which offers thermoregulation to the baby. There is a small amount of fat deposition over the baby’s shoulders that allows easy delivery.

About your body
You’ll feel less pressure on your lungs because now there is enough space for your lungs to expand easily as your baby starts to move downwards. The uterus has doubled up in size reaching the ribcage and you may feel uncomfortable at this stage as you have gained a lot of weight. The symptoms which you’ll experience during this stage include increased vaginal pressure, increased mucus discharge, easy breathing, frequent urination, swollen feet and ankles and Braxton hick’s contractions where you experience false contractions.

Do & Don’ts / Advice / Checklist / Tips
• Try adopting a sleeping posture where you can sleep peacefully
• Eat a healthy diet with proper intake of fresh fruits and vegetables
• Drink plenty amount of water to stay hydrated at all times
• Avoid increased consumption of caffeine
• Pamper yourself and indulge yourself in my time
• Check all the final details for the arrival of the baby
• Learn about labour and practice relaxation and breathing techniques which allows you to perform labour easily
• Have a look at your birth plan
• Start preparing meals for consumption after the delivery

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