Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 35

As you are approaching your delivery date rapidly, most of you would be very anxious about labor and delivery. While this is normal in all pregnant women, you may want to discuss with your doctor about all your anxieties and get as much help as you can. Your doctor may also want to monitor the health of you and your baby more regularly, to make sure you are doing fine. You can also start doing Kegel exercises from now, if you haven’t already. If you are not aware, Kegel exercises are the repeated relaxing and contracting of your pelvic muscles. This exercise is important during pregnancy because several aspects of pregnancy, such as overweight, age, childbirth, etc. can cause pressure to your pelvic muscles, weakening them. Kegel exercises will help you in strengthening those muscles and preparing you for the pressure of delivering.

Your body
At the 35th week of your pregnancy, you are almost at the end of your pregnancy term. Your have only five more weeks to reach your due date. But always remember that only 5 percent babies are born on their actual due date; and most babies are born earlier or later than the actual due date. Therefore, you should be well prepared for your labor and delivery any time soon.

Your uterus would now be reaching your rib cage. Unlike before, your womb will now be occupied by your baby more than amniotic fluid. Your bulging uterus is pressing the other internal organs in your body as well, which makes you have to urinate frequently, and also you may experience other issues like heartburn and gas. Some of you may not face such issues; consider yourself lucky!

If you have high blood pressure, it is advisable that you take more rest. You may discuss with your doctor to look for various opinions on your birth plan. In some cases, factors such as the size and shape of your pelvis or the position of your baby can require you to have a caesarean section. 

It is now time for you to pack your hospital bags and keep them ready, as you do not know when you might go into labor. If you have not started decorating the nursery of your little one, this is the right time to do so. Also, stock up on baby wipes, diapers, and all other essentials for your baby. If you hold off all such chores, you would get a desperate urge to prepare all things for your baby, which is referred to as “nesting”. Each and every pregnant woman will have this nesting instinct at some stage of their pregnancy, causing a strong need to organize and clean your house or your baby’s closet. 
You can also think about your birth plan, if you haven’t started already. There are several online websites that provide you with a form for free that will help you note down specifics, such as who will be present during your labor, the pain relief techniques you wish to try, and much more. 

Your baby
Your baby is growing bigger and will now weigh around 5.5 pounds and will measure a little longer than 18 inches. If she is born this week, she will have around 99 percent possibility of survival. It will be necessary to monitor her oxygen intake, which is why she would be retained in the hospital for a short period of time. 

As your baby has grown bigger, she will no longer be able to perform somersaults in your womb. The layer of hair that has been surrounding her body will now be completely shed. Her kidneys and most of the other organs are completely developed and matured now. Her ears are fully formed and she will be able to listen to you quite clearly; so talk to her whenever possible.

One other pregnancy symptom, you may experience is sleeplessness or insomnia. This is usually experienced by those pregnant women who are close to their due date. Try to relax and get some sleep during nights, and also take frequent naps during the day.

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