35 Weeks Pregnant

By (embryologist) and (fertility counselor).
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.

Provided below is an index with the 4 points we are going to expand on in this article.

First symptoms of labor

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.

Weekly follow-up

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.

Aside from the ultrasound to take 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.

How does the baby look like?

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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 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Neus Ferrando Gilabert
B.Sc., M.Sc.
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 about Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
B.A., M.A.
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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