Pregnancy Week 35

Find out how your baby is growing in week 35 and how to relieve swelling and other aches and pains.

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How big is baby?

Your baby is the size of a honeydew melon. In preparation forbirth, he is now upside down in your uterus.

Baby's Length: 18.19in.
Baby's Weight: 5.25lb.
Fetus at Week 35 What the baby looks like at week 35 of fetal development. Med ART Studios Explore More

Baby's Development

At this point, your unborn baby should be positioned with her head facing down toward the cervix and vagina. About 97 percent of babies have adopted this position by this point; the rest remain in what's known as breech position -- when the butt or feet are in place to come out first. If your baby's among this minority, it does increase your odds of needing a C-section, but there's a good chance your healthcare provider can correct the problem by turning him around manually with pressure applied on your belly. Called an external version, this process has about a 65 percent success rate.

Baby Week 35

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Your developing baby continues to grow rapidly. This week he or she is about 5½ pounds and about 18 inches from head to toe.Studies show that if your baby were to be born at this stage he or she would probably do very well, with little to no long-term health issues.As your baby prepares for delivery after about week 33, he or she will usually begin gradually rotating his or her head downward towards the birth canal. This is known as the head down position.Your baby is mostly developed now with the majority of its effort geared towards rapid weight gain. The skin is now less wrinkled as your baby gains even more body fat.
Week by week baby ultrasound image. Week by week baby ultrasound image. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine - AIUM.org

Week 35 Ultrasound

This closeup shot of your baby-to-be's ear shows how fully developed his facial features have become. He now looks like the newborn that you'll be welcoming into the world in a few weeks (only five more to go!). Your baby is also maturing on the inside too. He continues to practice his breathing movements, which move amniotic fluid in and out of his lungs to aid in their development.

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Watch Baby's Growth

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Mom's changing body

Another labor signal to watch for is extra-thick vaginal discharge that's pink or even a bit blood-tinged. This is the start of your mucus plug dropping. The mucus plug is a ball of tissue that's been blocking your cervical opening during pregnancy to keep your uterus safe from germs. Losing your plug doesn't mean that labor's starting ASAP, though. Many women lose their plugs up to two weeks before labor officially begins.

Weekly Tip

If you have a dog or cat, you'll need to help it adjust to the baby. You can try taking a new baby blanket to the hospital. Wrap your baby in it for a few hours so it has his scent. Then have your partner bring it home to let the dog get used to the baby's scent before you and Baby come home from the hospital. You'll also want to make sure your pets are up-to-date with vaccinations. And if your pet has picked up some bad habits, like biting or pouncing, use this time to break him of these habits before the baby arrives.

Pregnancy Confidential Podcast

A Sneak Peek at Your Future Sex Life

A couple of episodes ago, we talked the ins and outs of having sex when you're very pregnant, and reminded you that now is a good time to get in that nooky before a baby arrives—but as the big day approaches, you may be wondering what those bedroom antics will look like after you give birth. There's a lot to think about: Your recovery, the baby, the logistics, the lack of sleep, your body image... It's easy to get overwhelmed and worry that you'll be waving goodbye to your sex life. We're here to reassure you that while that's not true (think about how many mamas you see with two under two), things might change and shift a little, both physically and emotionally, and not always for the worst.

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Must-Reads

Your Baby Is Almost Here: Week 35 of Pregnancy to Birth

At long last, you're about to meet your son or daughter! Watch the miraculous journey your baby will go through as he (or she) exits your uterus and enters the world.

Your Developing Baby: Week 35

What's going on with your baby in pregnancy week 35? Find out all about important pregnancy milestones and exciting fetal development specific to this week of pregnancy!

Pregnancy Confidential Podcast Week 35: A Sneak Peek at Your Future Sex Life

Find out what's going on in week 35 of your pregnancy on this podcast episode of Pregnancy Confidential.

The Inside Story: Your Baby in Week Thirty-Five

Talk to your doctor about your baby's position this week--he's "presenting" and you will probably be able to tell which way he'll come out.

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