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Week 35 of Pregnancy


With the labour looming, you may be getting anxious and worried about what lay ahead. Try to relax and be positive as this will help you to have an easier labour. Late pregnancy can be a pretty uncomfortable time. You will no doubt be experiencing some strong Braxton Hicks contractions, but it is important that you are able to tell what the signs of labour are:
  • Your water breaks: sometimes the amniotic sac breaks or leaks before labour begins and the fluid comes out in a trickle or gushes out. Most women may never actually experience this symptom. In fact only 1 in every 10 pregnant women experiences her water breaking.

  • A show: during pregnancy your cervical opening will become blocked with a thick mucus plug that prevents bacteria from entering the uterus. As your cervix begins to thin and relax, this mucus plug is sometimes discharged. This is a sign that labour might begin soon. However, not all women will experience a bloody show and it may be possible for labour to start without having this.

  • Period like pains

  • Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

  • Regular contractions that grow more frequent, stronger and longer

  • Contractions are not affected significantly by a change in your level of activity

  • A regular, rhythmic backache


Your body

Your weight gain up to this point of your pregnancy should be around 10.8-13 kg.  Your uterus would sit about 15 cm from your belly button and about 35 cm above your symphysis pubis. You feel as if you have been pregnant forever. Your baby fills your abdominal cavity and your bump starts right below your breasts, pressing your lungs and making you breathless. In a week or two, the baby will slip down into your pelvis and give you a little more space. Meanwhile, you might find it easier to sit in a straight back chair. You may start to feel occasional tingling or numbness in your pelvic area, which is caused by the weight of your baby pressing on nerves in your legs and pelvis. Lie on your side to help decrease the pressure in your pelvis.  Increased pregnancy hormones are softening up the connective tissue in your body. This causes the joints between the bones of your pelvis to become more relaxed, which can cause pain in your hips.

Nausea can return towards the end of pregnancy in some women. If you are feeling sick, eat little and often. Some women may have heartburn. Again, eat small meals, avoid spicy foods and talk to your doctor about what over-the counter medicines to take. The extra weight you are carrying can make you feel very tired, so take frequent rest or naps. Excessive tiredness can also be a sign of anaemia, so make sure you are getting enough iron.

This is a good time to start planning how you are going to manage your pain during delivery, if you have not done so already. There are a number of pain relief options to curb the pain of labour. You can discuss the options with your doctor. Check our section on pain relief during labour for advice on the pain relief options and the pros and con of each method.



Your baby



Your baby may weigh around 2.3 kg. He/She may measure 47 cm. Since most of your baby’s organs are fully functional, the next month is all about weight gain. Your baby will continue to gain layers of fat under the skin. Her suckling reflexes are also well developed.  If you are having a baby boy, then the testes should have completed their descent into the scrotum this week. Your baby’s lungs are now developed, producing surfactant, a substance which helps the exchange of oxygen in the lungs.

Around this time, your baby’s movements may become less frequent as there won’t be enough room in your uterus for him to move freely. But, you will continue to experience his kicks now and then. Your baby’s kidneys are fully formed and the liver is beginning to process waste products.

Intense brain growth is happening this week. The neurons and the early connections in their brain are developing. Remember to eat Omega 3 rich foods which will help in your baby’s brain growth. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna are good sources.

Remember you can chat to other mums-to-be due in the same month as you in our forums. Simply join our due date club and read what other mums to be have to say!


Remember

Occasionally at this stage in pregnancy a tiny amount of urine leaks out when you cough or laugh. This may because your baby’s head is pressing down on your bladder. Wear a sanitary towel if this is causing discomfort. Remember to keep practising your pelvic floor exercises so that you strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and can stop this from happening after you have given birth. You must continue with these exercises even after pregnancy.



FAQs

1) What can I do about my leaking breasts? Why is this happening?

The thick, yellow liquid leaking from your breasts is called colostrum. This is perfectly normal as your breasts are getting ready for your baby. Colostrum is the perfect food for your baby in the first few days after birth. Although it may seem too little for your baby but it is rich in protein, antibodies, and immunoglobulins. It is adequate to meet the needs of your baby for the first few days till the mature milk comes in.

Your body start starts making colostrum in the second trimester itself, which is why it starts leaking towards the end of pregnancy. For now, you can start using the breast pads; keep enough supply as you will soon be needing lots of them.


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