By Neus Ferrando Gilabert BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/15/2015

When you are 35 weeks pregnant, you’re in the eighth month of pregnancy, and if the baby was born preterm he would survive without any problems, since he is totally formed and now he just needs to increase in weight and size.

Once this moment has come, you may feel a strong pressure in the area of the pelvis, that may even reach the vagina and manifest as cramps. You mustn’t think that these are contractions. At the same time, this pressure may provoke that you have to urinate continuously. It’s a sensation similar to the one you experience during the first weeks of pregnancy. It’s common to see how the navel projects outside, due to the increase in the belly.

You may suffer from back pain. This is due to the fact that the muscles and ligaments that support the joints in the lower back area have relaxed.

The most common is that your doctor wants to examine you weekly, to follow the movements of the baby and control his level of activity. Besides the ultrasound with measurements of the foetus, other tests are carried out, such as the one for the streptococcus of the B group. To perform it, the gynaecologist uses a long cotton bud and rubs vagina and rectus with it. This test is not painful. With the sample, a microbiological culture is done in search for these bacteria. The streptococcus doesn’t cause any alterations in adults, but if the mother has it and transfers it to the baby, it may produce a series of complications, such as respiratory disorders, meningitis, or blood infections.

Lenght and weight of the foetus with 35 weeks

As we have previously mentioned, the baby is completely formed and, during these weeks, he’ll just increase in size and weight. He has every time less space in the uterus and don’t get surprised if you observe an elbow or a foot. The movements are more noticeable in some pregnant women than in others. Anyway, if during a day you don’t feel any movement, it’s advisable that you knock gently on your belly to see how he responds.

At the end of this week he will be 45 cm long and will weight 2,384 grams on average. If the weight of your child is located between 2,050 and 3,210 grams, you must not worry, since they are also considered normal values.

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Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information