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At 35 weeks, Baby is getting close to the size they’ll be at birth. Your little one will spend just a few more weeks growing in their very cozy quarters before greeting you with the sweetest snuggles in the outside world!
Many babies are now rotating from the breech position (head up) to turn head down into your pelvis. As they move into their birth position, Baby will then drop lower in your pelvis. If this is your first pregnancy, this may happen soon, even weeks before you give birth, though in later pregnancies it often doesn’t happen until just before labor or even after labor begins.
At between 18 or 19 (45.7-48.3 cm) inches and 5-6 lbs (2.25-2.7 kg), the size of a bunch of carrots, Baby is getting close to the size they’re going to be at birth! And most of Baby’s organ and skeleton development is complete, although they’re still refining their abilities every day. Really, most of the work Baby has left to do is just growing bigger and stronger. In particular, Baby’s lovely lungs need a bit more time to prepare for the outside world.
What’s new with you?
Are you feeling ready to have Baby in your home and your life? Even if emotionally that question might be hard to answer, make sure you’ve done what you need to do to prepare for your little one’s arrival from a practical perspective, like getting your little one’s sleeping space set up; getting some diapers, clothes, and any other basics; and looking into any necessary insurance changes you may want to make.
As you approach the end of pregnancy, you might notice that you’re squirting out a few drops of urine when you cough or sneeze, but Kegel exercises can help with this. You may be noticing an increase in vaginal discharge too. So if you need some extra protection in your underwear, pads can provide you with some extra assurance. And soon your Braxton Hicks contractions may start to happen more frequently, last longer, and be more uncomfortable. Again, this is a normal part of your uterus preparing for birth, and Baby will be here before you know it!
Reviewed by the Ovia Health Clinical Team
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- Mark A Curran, M.D. “Fetal Development.” Perinatology.com. Perinatology.com. March 31, 2019. https://www.perinatology.com/Reference/Fetal%20development.htm#1.