Week Thirty-five of Your Pregnancy

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Week 35 Info

WEEK 35

Your baby is over 18 inches long and weighs 5 ¬¨¬∫ pounds "pick up a honeydew melon".  Things are getting tighter so he's probably not doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same.  His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products.  His lungs are fully developed and producing surfactant, a substance that helps in the exchange of oxygen in the lungs.  Most of his basic physical development is now complete.  He'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Your uterus now reaches up under your rib cage.  Your growing uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress.

From now on you will start seeing your practitioner every week.  Your routine visits to your healthcare provider may start to include checking your cervix for any changes that may indicate that labor may not be far off.

Sometime between now and 37 weeks your practitioner will perform a Group B strep culture.  GBS is usually harmless for adults, but if you carry it and pass it on to your baby during birth, it can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection.  Almost 30 percent of pregnant women carry GBS so it's very important to get screened.  If you are a GBS carrier, you'll get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby's risk of infection.

This is a good time to create a birth plan.  You can find examples on-line or in your prenatal classwork.  Working on your birth plan will give you a starting point to discuss your preferences with your practitioner.  Childbirth is unpredictable, and chances are you won't follow your plan to the letter, but thinking about your choices ahead of time-and sharing your preferences with your caregiver-should take some of the anxiety out of the process.

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