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Pregnancy Week 35

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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby is now probably a healthy 5 1/2 pounds and about 17 or 18 inches in length. Even those limbs are getting plumper and more filled out. The liver is functioning, processing wastes and the kidneys are fully developed. If the baby were to be born this week, most likely there would be no serious complications.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 35

At this point in the pregnancy, you've probably gained between 24 to 29 pounds. Sometime soon some of that pressure against your diaphragm will lessen, and your breathing will be easier again. That's because near the end of the pregnancy, the baby will descend deeper into the pelvis. This is called lightening. The downside: the baby will then be putting much more pressure on your bladder, leading to frequent bathroom breaks and possibly urine leakage, especially when you laugh, sneeze or cough. Doing Kegel exercises will help with the leaks. However. the constant running to the bathroom cannot be avoided. Don't curtail liquids to lessen the urine output, you need those fluids. Be sure to completely empty the bladder as well, and lean forward a bit to help with that. Just be certain to hold on to something, as your balance is not the best at this point.

Visit With the Obstetrician

You probably will begin seeing your doctor every week or so and soon you might get word on if the baby is head down, or get your cervix examined and some indication if you've begun to efface or dilate. Some doctors prefer not to do those exams until later in the pregnancy, but if yours does, and you are told nothing is happening yet don't despair. Everyone has their own timing and pattern, and just because nothing has happened yet doesn't mean it's going to take forever. However, it is a good idea to find out more about Cesarean sections, as it is a fairly common occurrence and the more prepared you are, the better. Ask your doctor what the standard protocol is. Would your partner be allowed to view the birth, and sit at your head during the procedure? What can you expect if you have a C-section at the hospital where you are giving birth. Being prepared for the possibility will ease some fears later if it becomes a reality.

Preparing for Baby

Soon you will be needing a new doctor in the family, your baby's first doctor. Will you be using a family doctor or a pediatrician? Have you started scouting out a doctor for your little one yet? It's not too soon to start. Many doctors have waiting lists, or may not even be taking on new patients, so you should talk to friends and your physician and get some recommendations and begin making phone calls. Consider the doctor's style and personality and experience, but also practical issues like location and insurance coverage.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Have you given any thought to the grandparents in planning the birth? How are they going to be involved? Will you invite them to come to the hospital during labor, or wait til after the birth? Will someone be coming to stay with you after you bring baby home? What do you want the baby to call both sets of parents? Grandma? Nana? Pop-pop? Believe it or not, this can be some huge stuff in families, and giving it some consideration and conversation now might head off misunderstandings later when you'll likely have neither the energy nor the mental strength to deal with it all.

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Guest Jan 17, 2014 11:48:42 AM ET

Hello ladies. i'm 35 weeks pregnant and still spitting a lot. i get tired fast but i'm loving every moment of my pregnancy because it will be worth it in the end when my baby boy arrive next month. can't wait to hold him and kiss him and tell him how much i love him. his father is so excited also.

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Guest Jan 17, 2014 11:47:51 AM ET

Hello ladies; i'm 35 weeks pregnant,still spitting a lot,i get tired fast but i'm loving every moment of my pregnancy because it will b worth it in d end when my baby boy arrive next month.. can't wait to hold him and kiss him and tell him how much i love him...his father is so excited also,

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Guest Jan 14, 2014 09:19:15 AM ET

I'm 34 weeks 3 days pregnant and i'm anticipating my baby boy's arrival at the correct edd. i'm 27 yrs old with my first pregnancy and i'm so happy!

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jenessa Aug 5, 2013 03:03:46 PM ET

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and i have a 11 month old and i'm scheduled for a c section sept 17 only 1 day after my first babys bday can't wait to see my 2 baby girls meet

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shacoria Jun 26, 2013 10:14:58 PM ET

I am 35weeks baby no#3 girl again like i can't get a boy but i am thankful for wat the lord hav given mi can't wait to finally hold her in my arms i wan a safe delivery lord

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autumn May 28, 2013 05:02:18 PM ET

Im 35 weeks and so grateful that god gave me the beautiful experience of life growing day by day inside me i cant wait to meet my beautiful baby boy thank you jesus for my wonderful miracle amen

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autumn trousdale May 28, 2013 04:08:21 AM ET

Im 35 weeks and so grateful that god gave me the beautiful experience of life growing day by day inside me i cat wait to meet my beautiful baby boy thank you jesus for my wonderful miracle amen

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Mika May 11, 2013 08:11:52 PM ET

35weeks and 4days pregnant 1st pregnacy i enjoy being pregnant with my baby boy god has bless me with ready 4 him 2 come ...............my pregnacy been wonderful.....i pray that everybody have a healthy and blessed delivery in jesus name amen......

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HETTY Mar 27, 2013 08:48:48 AM ET

Im 35 weeks already, its been peaceful,i feel strong all the time, no pain, no heartburn,just excited to have my 1st baby.

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ASHLEY Dec 13, 2012 07:16:33 PM ET

Finally 35 weeks my baby boy is already head down,he also been moving alot today,im due january 18 but i think he'll come before then either way im happy to bring him into this world healthy

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