35 weeks pregnant
What's happening this week...
- Your baby is around 47cm long now and weighs around 5lb. He or she is still gaining weight, and has lungs that are almost fully developed.
- The pupils will now dilate in reaction to light coming into your tummy.
- Your baby will be practising the suckling action, so they are ready to feed when born.
- You could have a sudden burst of energy over the next few weeks – but don’t overdo it. You may start to feel uncomfortable if the baby’s weight presses on the nerves in your legs and pelvis.
- As you gain weight, you might notice that you’re starting to waddle or lean back when you walk down hill. It’s normal for a change in pace at this late stage too.
- If you always feel full after a few mouthfuls, this is because your stomach has been squashed. Eat small amounts often as you may find this easier and more comfortable.
- You might be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. 35 weeks pregnant contractions are a sign of your body gearing up for labour. Some women describe them as tightening, or like period cramps. They usually last for less than a minute but can happen several times a day.
- In the last few weeks leading up to labour you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you have a mucus discharge with a little blood, this is the jelly-like plug that seals the cervix, which is called the 'show'.
What to think about
- It is safe to drive at this late stage of pregnancy, but make sure that your seat belt is placed beneath your bump. Find out more about driving safety during pregnancy.
- Why not visit the hairdresser this week? It might be easier to get a good cut now rather than when you have a newborn. It could help with your relaxation too!
- It’s never to early to think about childcare if you’re planning to go back to work. Find out what options are available to you.
- Try to stay active. Swimming or walking are gentle exercises that might help you alleviate stress and keep your body in top shape for labour.
I'd be lying if I said that this week has been a walk in the park, it hasn't. It's been a pain in the bloody arse! I'm trying not to moan and to simply enjoy the last few weeks of my pregnancy and not wish the time away but i'm really feeling it now!
I've had awful ear ache and feel knackered! Luckily this week so the start of my maternity leave so I'm taking full advantage of been able to rest before the little man arrives. My nesting instinct has gone into overdrive and i'm either laid on the couch eating endless packets of biscuits or frantically scrubbing my cooker! Pregnancy hormones, don't you just love them!?
Mr C is practically bursting at the seams; he can't wait to meet his son! We are all prepared for his arrival so now we are playing the ultimate waiting game!