Your baby now is fully formed and gaining weight before getting into position. You’re finishing your last week of your eight-month.
In a couple of weeks you will be able to finally meet your bundle of joy, If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know any babies born between 34 to 37 weeks will have over 98% survival rate with no abnormalities and no complications.
Internal Organ Development
The lungs will continue to mature in the next few weeks. At week 35, the kidneys are completely mature. The liver will continue to mature in the final weeks.
Billion of connections are made during the last weeks of pregnancy that are crucial to the development for the baby’s brain.
The baby’s skin is getting smoother, rounder, and plumber. The baby has fully developed facial features at week 35. During this stage the toenails and fingernails are fully grown.
Your baby will spend the next weeks putting on weight at the rate of about an ounce daily. Majority of the baby’s growth is strictly adding weight through fat layers that will insulate the body temperature regulation.
Bones And Skull
The baby’s skeleton continues to harden each week. The skull remains soft to make it easier for the birth canal.
The baby is the size of a pineapple. The baby is around 18.19 inches long from crown to heel. He weighs about 5.25 pounds. In the next couple of weeks the baby will gain a lot of weight.
At week 35, the baby has developed sleep wake cycle patterns. The baby now closes his eyes when he goes to sleep. The baby will have short periods were he is active.
The baby is growing rapidly having less space to move around so his kicks and punches might feel a bit lighter that previously before. The baby is no longer performing somersaults due to the limited space in the womb.
Each week your uterus continues to grow. The top uterus can now be felt about 6 inches above your bellybutton. Expect to gain about 1 pound per week in the third trimester. Your weight gain should be around 24 pounds to 29 pounds.
Your body is getting prepared for childbirth by producing relaxing hormones. The hormones are responsible for loosening the joints and muscles. Your uterus keeps growing causing frequent urge to urinate.
This week an ultrasound will reveal your baby sucking, moving his arms and legs, yawning, and making facial expressions. The baby almost looks like the day of birth. Your doctor will begin a prenatal check every week till day of birth.
The prenatal routine will help to monitor any late pregnancy complication such as preeclampsia or infections. A vaginal swab for culture test involves taking a sample of secretions. The test will help detect any bacteria such as Group B streptococci or GBS bacteria.
The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy have decreased. However, they are many new symptoms happening in 35 weeks pregnant:
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