35 Weeks Pregnant

The measurement in centimeters from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus is approximately the number of weeks of gestation. In a like manner, the utmost part of the uterus is already positioned up under the ribs and takes up the space of the lungs.


The mother in week 35

At week 35, a mother – to – be would gain about ½ pound every week before the due date together with the unborn baby. With that being said, she already hit the peak of her weight gain (between 11 – 13.6 kilograms).

Week 35 symptoms

Frequent urination

The 1st trimester symptom: frequent urination returns. However this time, the main culprit is not the pregnancy hormones anymore. It is his fetal position which causes her to pee frequently and urgently– head down, squarely pressing the mother’s bladder.

Pregnancy – induced urinary incontinence

The abovementioned symptom usually goes along with urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is the lack of bladder control, where the urine suddenly leaks whenever she coughs, sneeze, or even laugh.

Pregnancy week by week

Acid refluxes

Acid refluxes (also known as pregnancy – induced heartburns) happen when the esophagus (muscle at the top of the stomach) failed to prevent the gastric acids from seeping back up the throat.

Visible varicose veins

Varicose veins are blood vessels shown on the lower half of the body (in the rectum, vulva, and predominately in the legs). What causes the visibility of varicose veins stems from a variety of causes such as:

  • Extra blood volume which pressures the vessels
  • Vessels in the legs are working hard to push the extra blood back up to the heart
  • Enlarging uterus presses squarely on the pelvic blood vessels
  • Heightened levels of progesterone

Sore and sensitive gums

Gums tend to become sore and are more sensitive due to the pregnancy hormones which cause the following factors:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Leaves the mouth susceptible to bacteria and plaque build – up

Increased unintentional slapstick

Unintentional slapstick (commonly known as clumsiness) increases this week as the belly becomes heavier and the center of gravity has shifted forward.

Braxton – Hicks contractions

Braxton – Hicks contractions are the painless tightening from the top of the uterus radiating downwards. This is because the uterine muscles are flexing in preparation for child labor.

These contractions cause the abdomen to become very hard and appear strangely contorted.

Occasional headaches

Occasional headaches (also called as pregnancy – induced headaches) stems from a variety of sources such as

  • Pregnancy – induced fatigue
  • Tension
  • Increased hunger and appetite
  • Physical and emotional stress
  • Overheat


Hemorrhoids (also called as piles) are varicose veins located in the rectal wall. These are itchy and downright painful which occurs during the mid – 2nd to 3rd trimester. Here are the following causes of hemorrhoids:

  • Increased blood volume in the pelvic area
  • Colon congestion which pressures the veins in the rectal area
  • Uterus expansion presses the rectal wall

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (abbreviated as PUPPP, commonly known as heat rash) are the itchy and bumpy rashes on the belly. PUPPP is caused by a combination of pregnancy side – effects such as:

  • Overheated body
  • Dampness from excessive sweating
  • Friction of skin rubbing against clothing

Pregnancy – induced brain fog

Pregnancy – induced brain fog (commonly called clumsiness) occurs since a mother’s brain cell count literally decreases during gestation. This happens because the baby’s intellect is building up.

Round ligament pain

Round ligament pain (commonly known as lower abdominal cramping) is felt because the ligaments which surround the belly are being pulled down to its extreme.

Fetal development in week 35

By the 35th week, the baby – in – waiting is already positioned upside down with his head near the cervix, facing the birth canal getting ready for the delivery day. Aside from that, here are the following fetal developments which take place this week:

  1. Primarily, the uterus has grown for about 1,000x its original size.
  2. The baby – to – be stretches for about 17.2 – 18.7 inches from head to toe length (his size of 20 inches when standing almost reached the in – utero limit and tips the scales roughly at 4.2 – 5.8 pounds. If he were born now, he has a 99% survival rate.
  3. With less room to move inside the womb, his fetal movements have shifted from kicks and jabs to rolls and twitches. In a like manner, his elbows, feet, and head may protrude from the mother’s belly whenever he stretches and squirms out.
  4. As the uterine wall thins out and allows the light to penetrate inside, the unborn baby begins to develop a daily activity cycle.
  5. His steady weight gain continues, he will put on a pound or more after birth. By the same token, white fat will be evenly deposited underneath his skin. This also includes large amounts of baby fat being distributed until his due date. By the same token, the unborn baby’s saggy arms (particularly, his shoulders are padding up in preparation for delivery) and legs begin to plump up.
  6. The baby – in – waiting’s brain power begins to develop. As a matter of fact, babies have about 100 billion of brain cells (neurons) which are connecting double – time to one another, creating a network of trillion synapses (which is the foundation of his intellectual understanding).
  7. His skull remains soft and pliable for a beneficial reason: a soft skull allows the baby’s head to easily pass through the birth canal.
  8. The unborn baby’s digestive system prepares for the coming separation from the mother’s umbilical cord. However as of now, his digestive system relies for most of the nutrients and sustenance in – utero. He also absorbs some of the nutrients from the amniotic fluid. By the same token, his liver can now process some waste products.
  9. The soon – to – be baby’s nervous and immune system continues to mature.
  10. Kidneys have fully developed.
  11. Meconium (a combination of the fluid’s byproducts and dead skin cells) continues to build – up in the large intestine. This will later be his first ever bowel movement soon after birth. It is sticky and has a tar – like texture. However, some babies excrete meconium before or during birth. If this is the case, the medical practitioner will monitor the baby’s response to detect any possible complications immediately.
  12. Lanugo (thin and downy hair covering his entire body) continues to shed. Though some babies (particularly premature babies) might still have lanugo preferably on their shoulders and back after birth.
  13. Vernix caseosa (a thick and cheese – like coating) continues to insulate his body and keep his temperature warm in – utero. This also serves as a protection to the unborn baby’s delicate skin from the acidic amniotic fluid. Additionally as the due date approaches, this cheesy coating also helps the baby glide through the birth canal more easily.
  14. If an expectant mother carries a boy, his testicles have fully descended under his scrotum during this week.
  15. He is now sporting a scalp full of hair.
  16. Auditory (sense of hearing) senses are now fully developed. Because of that, he can now respond best to high – pitched tones.
  17. His toenails and fingernails are already in full – length.

Pregnancy tips and to – do ‘s

Week 35 serves as the 7th week of the 3rd (and final) trimester of gestation. Five remaining weeks to go before the baby arrives. Few weeks to maintain the following things and activities to ensure the unborn baby will be born safe and healthy.

Things to do during the 35th week of pregnancy

Hiring a birth doula

Doula (commonly called as a woman’s servant) serves as a companion who is professionally trained to guide and support an expectant mom (particularly 1st time mothers). By this week, a pregnant woman is advisable to hire a birth doula that provides the following services:

  • Teaches breathing and relaxation techniques for child labor
  • Demonstrates the best positions to ease labor pain
  • Provides emotional comfort before child labor begins
  • A hand to hold during labor

Double voiding

To lessen the frequency of urination as much as possible, do the double voiding. Double voiding is trying to urinate again right after she urinated to ensure that the bladder is emptied out. For best results, lean forward when doing so.

Take a nap on the left side

Make it a habit to take a nap on the left side of the body. This type of sleeping position prevents on pressuring the blood vessels and keeps a smooth sailing circulation.

Get plenty of Vitamin C

A daily dose of Vitamin C strengthens the gums and lowers the chances of bleeding.

Stay well – hydrated

Drink at least 8 glasses of water during gestation. Staying well – hydrated during gestation brings a lot of benefits such as:

  • Prevents hemorrhoids
  • Lessens the occurrence of pregnancy – induced heartburns
  • Prevents indigestion

Dab on some powder

Dab on some powder (preferably cornstarch and/or talc – free powder) on the heat – sensitive parts of the body to absorb moisture and prevent PUPPP.

What to avoid in Week 35


Vices are strictly prohibited for pregnant women due to its harmful effects on both parties. Here are the following vices which she is required to avoid during gestation:

  • Smoking cigarettes and/or e – cigarettes
  • Engaging in recreational drugs
  • Taking some sleeping pills
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages

Substances with caffeine content

Caffeine is a form of drug (diuretic) which causes frequent urination, relaxes the esophageal valve and interrupts the sleeping cycle. Aside from coffee itself, here are the following substances with caffeine content:

  • Soft drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Some teas

Heartburn – trigger foods

To prevent the occurrence of acid refluxes (or heartburns), here are the following heartburn – trigger foods she must steer clear away from soon – to – be mom’s plate:

  • Highly – seasoned food
  • Spicy food
  • Greasy food
  • Citruses
  • Peppermint (for some women)

Headache – trigger foods

To lessen the occurrence of headaches, here is the list of headache – trigger foods that she must steer clear away from her plate:

  • Cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Processed meat

There are also some certain foods that are not listed above but they are linked to her headache patterns. If she discovers some, cut back the intake on those foods during gestation.