Pregnancy Week Thirty-five
You are almost at the finish line of your pregnancy at week thirty-five. Your baby now is of a weight of 2.5 Kg and is measuring 18.9 inches long now. However, these measurements are an estimation and every baby will have an individual height and weight of his/her own.
At the week thirty-five of pregnancy, you will be easily able to distinguish body parts of your baby such as head, hands and feet now. Moreover, your baby is very large now and the uterus is quite thin. Your baby’s sensitive systems such as hearing are completely developed now, the kidneys are fully functional and removing the toxic metabolic products that the liver has produced.
Pregnancy week thirty-five symptoms pertain mostly to the woman’s weight. The weight gain at thirty-five weeks is somewhere around 11 to 15 Kg. Carrying all that weight around, the woman will notice herself to be quite moody and more irritable than normal. The woman will be physically quite uncomfortable, and trying to sleep during this time is termed as a challenge, because of the heavy abdominal mass present in the woman.
Since the baby has become really big by now, the baby will no longer be doing any somersaults, or flips in the mother’s womb. The level of amniotic fluid at this stage has reached its peak, and the baby’s lungs are currently in the process of forming a surfactant, which is a chemical, which will enable the baby’s lungs to breathe. During this week, the baby is practicing sucking, and most often if a fetal ultrasound is done at this stage, the baby is seen to suck his thumb.
It must be mentioned here, that those babies who are born at thirty-five weeks (pre-term labor), have a chance of developing respiratory distress syndrome, because of the lack of surfactant. Hence if a baby is born at this stage, the baby may be put on corticosteroids in order to remove this defect from the lungs and make the baby breathe properly.
Since compromising sleep is like posing your and your baby’s health to danger, it is advised to buy a pregnancy pillow. This pillow will help you to sleep better at night, and will help you to remove the third trimester discomforts pertaining to sleep.
When a woman goes for an antenatal checkup to an obstetrician, the obstetrician will then begin to examine the cervix of the woman to see how ready, the baby is for delivery. With this, a doctor may be able to confirm how much time is left for you to start having labor pains.
At thirty-five weeks of pregnancy, a woman is often required to undergo a test for screening of Group B streptococcus. This is because this virus can cause harmful effects on your baby, such as producing meningitis or lung infections (pneumonia) at the time when the child is born. Moreover, having a group B streptococcus infection puts you at a risk of going into preterm labor