How does the baby grow?
Now the baby does not have much space to move because he or she is more than 45cm long and weighs about 2.3kg (equivalent to the size of an Indian cream cobra melon). Therefore, the baby does not do acrobatics anymore, but the number of times he or she kicks still maintains the same.
The baby’s kidneys are now fully developed, and the liver is able to handle some waste. Most basic physical development is complete – the baby will spend the next few weeks gaining weight.
Changes occurring in the mother’s body during the 35th week of pregnancy
The uterus – completely hidden inside the pelvis during conception – has now reached the rib cage. If looking inside the uterus, moms will find that the baby has occupied more space than amniotic fluid. An enlarged uterus also presses on other internal organs, which is why moms have to urinate more often, face heartburn and other problems with the digestive tract.
From now on, moms will have to see the doctor weekly. For up to the 37th week, the doctor may check moms’ vagina and rectum for group B streptococcal bacteria (GBS). GBS is usually harmless to adults, but if moms are infected and infect the baby during childbirth, it can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or blood infection.
This is also a good time to plan the birth. Moms can discuss with the healthcare team moms’ wishes. Childbirth is unpredictable, and it probably will not follow the plan, but thinking ahead about options – and sharing them with the doctor – will help ease moms’ anxiety.