Pregnancy Week 35

Mother who is 35 weeks pregnant

You are almost there, as you are now 35 weeks pregnant! Here are several different things that you can anticipate during this time.

Pregnancy Week 35: What changes are occurring with your body?

From your belly button it should be about 6 inches (15.2 cm) to the top of your uterus. By this point, you should have gained anywhere from 24 to 29 pounds (10.9 to 13.2 kg). (If you have concerns regarding your weight gain or fundal height, consult your healthcare provider.)

If you have been short of breath, it is due to your uterus being underneath your rib cage, causing you to have difficulty breathing. Towards the end of your pregnancy, your baby drops, which is called lightening. The baby is beginning to settle deeper into your pelvis which relieves pressure on your diaphragm, so you are not so short of breath. Lightening can increase the pressure on your bladder, causing more trips to the bathroom.*

Pregnancy Week 35: How big is your baby?

Your baby is continuing to grow and most likely measures between 17 to 18 inches (43.2 to 45.7 cm) long and weighs 5 ½ to 6 pounds (2.5 to 2.7 kg).*

Pregnancy Week 35: What is happening with your baby?

The vast majority of your baby’s growth is complete by 35 weeks. His/her kidneys are completely developed, and the liver is beginning to process waste. Because your baby has grown so much, you will notice that he/she will no longer be performing an aerobic workout. There just is not enough room for somersaults. However, this does not mean you will not feel your baby move. His/her kickboxing routine should stay the same. Calculating your baby’s movements will be discussed in the next section.*

Pregnancy Week 35: What should you plan for this week?

Between 35 and 36 weeks your health care provider will most likely want to begin seeing you once a week until you deliver. He/she may also ask you to begin counting your baby’s movements if you have not already begun to do so.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you time how long it takes you to feel 10 kicks, flutters, swishes, or rolls.

Key things to know about keeping track of movements:

  • Ideally, you want to feel at least 10 movements within 2 hours.
  • Use a notebook or kick counts chart to record movements.
  • If you have not felt 10 kicks by the end of the second hour, wait a few hours and try again.
  • If you still do not feel much movement, make sure to read our information on kick counts and when it is necessary to call your health care provider.

Tips for making your pregnancy better:

With the birth of your baby only a few weeks away, you need to begin finding a pediatrician for your baby. Talk with your OB/GYN or midwife and family and friends to see if they have any recommendations for your area. It is a good time to ask about policies regarding after hour phone calls, nurse lines, immunizations, policies for scheduling and canceling appointments, etc.

Pregnancy Week 35: Tips for mom’s partner

How involved do you want to be in the birth of the baby? Discuss the various options with both your partner and her health care provider. Will they allow you to cut the umbilical cord or video tape the birth? It is best to find out the answers to these questions beforehand. This allows time for any preparations to be made.

Last Updated: 1/2013