Pregnancy Week 35 and the Signs of Labor

Published: 27th May 2011
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You baby is around 5 and-a-half pounds when you are 35 weeks pregnant. Due to the accumulation of fat under the skin, the baby’s arms and legs plump up. By now, the baby is big enough to occupy almost all the place in the uterus and there is very little room to make any movements.

During this last month of the pregnancy, most of the babies gain around half pound a week. The baby now weighs up to 5.5 pounds and is about 20 inches long.

Week 35 of pregnancy is the time when most of the women experience extreme mood swings. Even though the mood swings persisted all the time of the pregnancy, they are particularly a bit dramatic now.

Some women may experience low levels of hemoglobin as the baby has utilized the iron levels in your body. Now is the time to elevate the hemoglobin levels back to normal so that you stay healthy and fit even after the delivery.

If you are experiencing discomfort, swelling and fatigue, a careful body massage can be extremely helpful in relieving the pain and also helps you become stress-free.

As you might be feeling more and more anxious because of the nearing delivery, it is suggested that you take some time to relax. Taking proper rest is also necessary as the last few weeks of pregnancy are very stressful and exhausting.

Take frequent walks as it will help you in easing the labor pains and also continue taking a well balanced diet that is rich in iron and calcium.

You are in the last month of your pregnancy when you are 36 weeks pregnant and it is very difficult for you getting a comfortable position. By now, you have gained about 25-30 pounds and your energy levels keep fluctuating.

Mood swings are very common in this last month of pregnancy. You will experience rapid swings between fatigue and energy and could find yourself getting anxious, irritable and moody at times. Heartburn, constipation and discomfort are some common experiences.

As you are coming to the end of your pregnancy, hormones secreted from the placenta trigger the milk production for feeding the baby. Because of this you may experience swelling of the breasts are they are filled with milk.

The colostrums and milk further help in boosting your baby’s immature immune system after he or she is born.

Meanwhile, the baby is also working hard on the final stages of its lung development while the kidneys are fully developed now. The baby is gradually loosing the lanugo hair covering the body. The skin gets pinker and is less wrinkly because of the deposition of fat.

Vernix caseosa, the protective waxy covering around the baby’s skin, starts wearing off the skin and the baby is now dropped into heads down position by now.

In this week, the baby also practices breathing, swallowing and sucking. The baby’s bones are now hardened completely and the muscle tone is also improved. The baby now weighs about 5 and a half pounds and is approximately 17 inches in length.

Continue having healthy balanced diets that give all the nutrition that the baby needs and take regular tests that evaluate the well being of both you and the baby.

Author Bio:
Stephanie writes on health, pregnancy and parenting. Visit for more information on pregnancy week by week and everything you want to know about getting pregnant and childbirth.

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