Pregnancy week 35
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How's the foetus during week 35?

1,000 times her original size

Your baby is about 47.4cm in length and weighs 2,6kg- the size of a large chicken. 

  • Your baby has expanded to a thousand times her original size.
  • Fat is dimpling on the elbows and knees and creases have formed in her neck and wrists.
  • Her kidneys are fully developed and her liver can process some waste products.

What's with my body:  Running to the loo

You will probably have to run to the loo more often because of increased pressure on your bladder. 

You may notice a strange feeling in your vagina when the baby's head moves against the pelvic floor.
It is time to slow down. Very few babies arrive on their due date, anything from 38-42 weeks is considered normal, with about 80% arriving within ten days of their due date.

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates

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!

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!

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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