35 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby's lungs are almost completely developed

35 weeks pregnant, your baby is now ready to breathe. Being born this week probably still means spending some time in the incubator, but only for warmth and possibly food.

Mom may be feeling quite heavy and uncomfortable. Wondering where all that weight increase comes from? It is certainly not all from your baby, who is now likely to weigh some 5.5 pounds. Learn about the composition of your weight gain here.

What to expect about...

Your Baby


35 weeks pregnant, your baby is now approximately 5.5 pounds and over 18 inches in length. You may find that your little one is not moving as joyfully as he once did. Lacking the stretching space he had before, your new baby may just be stretching and wiggling more often now, but should still keep active inside your womb. If you notice a dramatic decrease in activity, be sure to contact your doctor or midwife promptly to discuss this. You may be required to count fetal movements as a record of your little one's activity for reference.

The fingernails continue to grow on those little fingers and toes, and may even be longer than the edge come their birth day.

The kidney development is complete and the liver is beginning to produce waste products where you will begin to see those results come the first few days of your new baby on the outside. Your baby's lungs are almost completely developed now, and although the eyes are most likely blue at this point and time, they can change color after they are born to green or even brown later.

Fat stores are continually being added to give your baby that cute plumpness that you sometimes see on newborns, although admittedly most newborns do look quite skinny at least compared to what they will look like just a few weeks later..


Mom's Body

35 weeks pregnant, you may have gained anywhere from 24 - 29 pounds in total by now and are shying away from the scale each week when your doctor or midwife weighs you. Do not fear if you have gained more or less than expected or that is average. Each woman's pregnancy is different, and even women who have had multiple pregnancies may notice that one pregnancy weight gain is not identical to another.

If you have any questions or concerns with the amount of weight you or your baby have gained during this time, be sure to discuss those with your health care practitioner.

35 weeks pregnant, increased pressure from the baby sitting low and the increased weight can make you very uncomfortable during these last few weeks. Many women will seek out methods to help deal with this pain such as pregnancy massage. Although you may not be able to lie face down on a table, there are many certified massage therapists that deal specifically with pregnancy massage and are able to work around your growing abdomen to help you deal with any muscle aches and pains you may be experiencing.

A decreased sex drive is one of the many other side effects that women experience when coming closer to their expected due date. This can be from a combination of overall discomfort, lack of sleep due to frequent urination, or even constant heartburn or hemorrhoids can interfere with the desire to be intimate.

Be sure to keep open communication with your partner during this time. Remember that a low libido is common and normal at this stage and will continue to be common and normal long after yoyur baby is born, especially if you breastfeed. That is not to say that no new mom has a desire for sex, but very many experience a lower drive. To learn more about sex after pregnancy, click here.

To start learning about the birth process, visit our section about giving birth here.

35 Weeks Pregnant Video

If seeing is believing for you; watch this video explaining pregnancy week 35 in pictures and words.

Diary of a Daughter

What's it really like being 35 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 35 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)

Diary Of A Daughter

This week started with contractions every 4 minutes. The hospital wanted me to stay there, but the contractions ended in the last minute. I was also back to the doctor the examine my little girl's cyst. It was gone! Just like that. Wonderful.

My midwife now estimates the weight of our baby to almost 6 pounds (2.7 kilos). If she does remain inside of me in 40 weeks she will weigh around 8.4 pounds (3.8 kilos) when born. A big girl!

But I doubt that she will stay for forty weeks. I think I lost my mucus plug yesterday.

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Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
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Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.

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