You are now 35 weeks pregnant (or in your 36th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby’s getting big and is so snug in your womb now that you may notice she isn’t moving around as much. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.
How your life’s changing
You may be feeling that you’ve run out of room — your uterus has expanded to 1,000 times its original volume and is now up under your ribs. You’ve probably put on between 11.5 and 13.5 kg/around 25-30 lbs but that’s about it — you’ll probably gain little or no more weight from now until your due date.
If you’ve started your maternity leave, take the opportunity to make time for a regular afternoon rest. It’s a chance to practice the breathing techniques you’ve learned too. Why not have a pedicure while you’ve got time off and if your hair is thicker and more lustrous than usual, it may need tidying up more frequently. Not everyone is so lucky with their hair though, particularly if it is usually dry — find out why.
If you’re a bit of a water baby yourself, you may be attracted to the idea of giving birth in a birthing pool. There is a long history to using water for pain relief and research suggests it’s quite safe for women with a low-risk pregnancy to deliver in water. If you’re still not sure, why not read about what other people have to say about water-birth.
If you’re a prospective dad, don’t wait till your baby’s first big wail to brush up on how to deal with a crying baby. The soothing strokes recommended in a father’s guide to massage will bring you closer together and help calm your baby. Another technique you can learn ahead of time is how to swaddle your baby — this can help your newborn feel secure, as if they were still in the womb.
Parent Tip: Get ahead for those first weeks
“To streamline filling out birth announcements, address and stamp your envelopes now while you’re still in control of your time!” — Lisa