35 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you are 35 weeks pregnant, you should make sure to have your hospital bag packed and ready, just in case. Our moms also have plenty of first-hand advice for hospital bag essentials to help you get started.
In this late stage of pregnancy, daily tasks often need a little more care to prevent straining your back and abdominal muscles or causing pelvic pain. When getting out of bed, try rolling onto your side first, with your legs together, then push yourself gently up into a sitting position. Loosened ligaments and a change in balance can all contribute to pregnancy aches and pains.
With increased numbers of Caesarean sections taking place in Ireland, in excess of WHO recommendations, eumom pregnancy and birth expert Tracy Donegan looks at the studies into the impact of a C-section birth and how friendly bacteria in birth can protect your baby’s health. When a baby is born vaginally, it is exposed to mom’s vaginal and intestinal flora, which is the start of your baby’s colonisation (also known as seeding). In a planned Caesarean, this doesn’t happen. The types of bacteria in the guts of babies born by Caesarean tend to differ from those born vaginally.
Are you feeling uncomfortable?
You may have reached 35 weeks, but don’t be surprised if some of your earlier nausea returns, most likely due to little space now as your baby is nearly full term. Many moms also suffer from heartburn and indigestion, so eat little and often to keep these symptoms at bay.
You probably feel as if you have been pregnant forever. Your baby is filling every bit of your abdominal cavity and your bump starts right below your breasts. After some relief from breathlessness, the baby is pressing against your lungs and your bladder, so you may feel doubly uncomfortable.
Don’t worry, you are almost there! If you can, sit up straight or stretch upwards to relieve the pressure.