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35 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed thirty fiveweeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (35 weeks)

The baby is getting bigger and getting big and getting tightly though comfortably packed in your uterus that she may not be moving around much now. She now has fully grown fingernails and toenails. Her kidneys are completely mature and her liver can also process some waste products now.

Your symptoms at this stage (35 weeks)

You may be feeling too big as by now your uterus has expanded to approximately 1,000 times its original volume and is now it comes up until under your ribs. If your starting weight in the pregnancy was in a healthy range, you may have put on between 10kg and 12.5kg until now. However most probably you will not gain any more weight from now till delivery.

For many women the hair become more lustrous than normal, during pregnancy, your hair becomes thicker. This is mainly because hormones prevent normal hair loss. However, not everyone is so lucky in regard to hair though;especially if it is usually dry.

Your life at this stage

If your maternity leave has already started, try to incorporate regular afternoon rest. Also try to practise the breathing techniques that you have learnt in the ante natal class.

If you get time, you could pamper yourself with a pedicure. As the bump gets big, many women find it difficult to reach their feet to clean the hard skin.

You are now bound to be worried or wondering about how childbirth will be. It is almostimpossible to anticipate how the labour would be in any particular case but you could try to control some aspects of the experience. Having a birth partner would help youor even making the immediate environment as comfortable as possible is likely to help.

If you are a dad to be, read and learn about ways to support your partner during labour and birth. If your spouse has chosen you to be the birth partner the read about labour timeline and maybe get prepared to cut the cord as well.

Important things to keep in mind

  • If you have not bought them already, now would be the time to buy a fewnursing bras.
  • Stock up on nappies for the newborn, you can choose disposable or reusable or a combination of both in case you are not sure which you would prefer using.
  • Buy a car seat for the baby and try topractise installing it safely.
  • Find out what you need to know about breastfeeding or bottle feeding .