The 3rd trimester: Week 35

If you're planning a hospital birth now's a good time to pack your overnight bag... If your baby were to be born now she would have a 99 per cent chance of surviving!

Your baby

How your baby's growing:

Right now your baby weighs about 2,8kg and will continue to gain around 280g per week until she's born. The hearing and speech patterns of her brain have evolved so much that she'll be able to imitate your tongue movements within hours of birth!

Your body

How you may be feeling:

You may find yourself leaning backwards lately to compensate for your extra weight up front. This throws your head back so that your line of vision has changed.

Don't be surprised if you also find yourself dropping or bumping into things - the change in your centre of gravity may make you a bit physically awkward.

For the guys

By now you've probably packed your hospital bag but here's a list of things especially for dad-to-be to remember:

Food & snacks: Pack yourself a few sandwiches and drinks

Change of clothing: You never know how long you're going to be at the hospital.

Still and/or video camera: Make sure your camera is fully charged with a clean memory card.

Cellphone, phonecard: Have your cellphone fully charged at all times.

Cigars: if you're the type, for you and friends and family (although you'll have to go outside to smoke them!)

Tip of the week

Baby in distress

During pregnancy, those scary words may indicate placental or circulatory problems that are preventing blood, oxygen and nutrients from reaching your baby. If the baby's not growing properly, he may be safer outside the uterus than inside. Your doctor or midwife may order bed rest or bump up baby's birthday with an induction or Caesarean section.

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