Overview of that week
Your body and the baby are preparing for the delivery physically. It is your work to prepare yourself for the delivery mentally as well. The anxiety and nervousness might take over the excitement that is supposed to make you happy. Don’t let the negative emotions and fear make your experience any less magical. Focus on taking care of yourself and breathing.
Your baby will add up to 500 grams every week from now on. Your baby is about 2.4 kilograms and is doing better than ever with a functioning liver and kidney. The growth adding on to your baby by this point is mostly fat.
The space inside your uterus is cramped up at the moment. The baby starts to change movements at the 35th week. You might be able to feel that the movements are very different from the usual punches and kick your baby used to throw at you. You might also feel your baby moving and positioning downwards for the labor.
Body changes in mother
This might cause an increased pressure in the bladder causing frequent urination and backaches in the 35th week.
Are the veins on your body becoming more and more visible? By the 35th week, it could become quite prominent. It might not be very appealing to look at and sometimes it can cause some swelling and pain. You might even feel some numbness on your arms and legs.
Your energy went spiking during the second trimester a few months prior. Currently you might be wishing for the baby to come out already because of all the pressure it is putting on you. The pressure and the weight is very exhausting. Your energy could be drained by even the slightest of physical activity.
Of Course you aren’t going into labor with these contractions. But towards the 34th week, it might be confusing whether you are having actual labor pains or Braxton hicks contraction. The major distinction between these two types of contraction is the intensity of pain and frequency of occurrence. An actual labor pain is far more stronger and more frequent than a Braxton hicks.
Signs of early labor
It is possible that at 35th week you might go into labor. Even though the probability of this happening is really low, watch out for any signs of early labor such as:
- Frequent contractions which are getting stronger each time.
- Your water is breaking.
- Lower back pain accompanied by diarrhea.
- Dilated cervix.
- Your baby starts to drop down towards the pelvis.
What should you do and don’t
- Before the onset of labor, your baby probably is in the upright position. However, weeks closer to the delivery, your baby starts to drop with its head turnt down and turn into the ready position for delivery. It is called lightning.
- Maintain a healthy diet to avoid constipation. Also make sure that your intake of water is enough for the body.
- If you can, take a bath in the tub to relax your muscles.
- Keep your muscles active by exercising regularly.
- You might want to snack and treat yourself but make sure to resort to healthy snack items to avoid heartburn and digestive distress.
- Call your care provider or doctor if you notice signs of early labor.
- Spend quality time with your partner.