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35 weeks pregnant

What to expect this week

What's happening in week 35

35 weeks pregnant

Week 35, and your baby looks just like a little newborn – and it's only a few weeks until you meet them!

At a glance

  • Your baby is now fully formed and gaining weight
  • Make sure your hospital bag is packed and cupboards are well stocked
  • Help get baby into position by moving around

How big is my baby at 35 weeks?

Your baby has only a few weeks left 'inside' and they are now almost ready for life outside the womb! They’ll probably weigh in at around 5.5lbs in week 35 and will be close to 50cm in length.

They will be doing lots of practise sucking movements ready to latch on for that first post-birth feed, and will be starting to move further down your pelvis ready for D-day. Don't be alarmed if you feel a little pain with the movements, this is normal as your baby grows stronger and has less room to move about, however if the pain is severe and lasts for a while be sure to talk to your midwife.

Your baby looks much the same as a newborn now, although they will get a little bit heavier before they are born. They currently have close to 15% fat on their body, but this will be closer to 30% by the time they’re born in a few weeks’ time.

You at 35 weeks pregnant

As only 5% of babies are born on their actual due date, you might already be wondering if every twitch and ache is a sign of impending labour! If your baby was to arrive now, they would still be considered  moderately premature, but would most likely be absolutely fine with a little extra care. 

If your baby has not yet got themselves into the optimum position for birth (head down) you could try and give them a helping hand by doing a bit of moving around yourself! Some mums swear by spending time on all fours and wriggling their hips to encourage their baby to turn, while others gently bounce on a birthing ball to help get the pelvis to open. 

Scrubbing floors and sitting backwards on a seat – so your bump is towards the backrest – are also tried and tested methods for getting stubborn babies to be where they are supposed to be!

What to think about  in week 35

With just a few weeks left, your likely to be in full 'nesting' mode, intent on cleaning every part of the house from top to bottom in preperation for your new arrival. 

Now is a good time to make sure your hospital bag is good to go, that your freezer is full of lots of batch-baked meals, and the cupboards are well stocked. 

It's also a good idea to have all your important phone numbers – and by that we mean for the maternity unit, GP etc – noted somewhere accessible (and not just to you!). Make sure everyone knows what they should be doing once you go into labour – this is particularly important if you have other children to arrange childcare or school run picks up and drop offs for.

Also...Don’t forget to start preparing for your Bounty Portrait session when you start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag.

Bounty Portrait offers FREE in-hospital portrait sessions of your precious little one with no obligation to buy. You’ll also get a FREE portrait gift – choose from one of three different gifts and a FREE announcement service to share your first photos with loved ones

For that perfect Portrait session don’t forget to pack…

  • A soft cuddly toy – this makes a great photo prop
  • A blanket – whether it’s been knitted specially or bought. Adding this to a picture makes a great photo keepsake
  • A plain top for you if you want to be in the photos
  • That special ‘first’ baby outfit.

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At a glance

  • Your baby is now fully formed and gaining weight
  • Make sure your hospital bag is packed and cupboards are well stocked
  • Help get baby into position by moving around

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