1. How Big Is Your Baby?
Your baby now weighs over 5¼
pounds (2.4kg). Crown-to-rump length is about 13¼ inches (33cm), and
total length is 18¼ inches (46cm).
2. How Big Are You?
It’s about 6 inches (15cm) to the top of
your uterus from your bellybutton. From the pubic symphysis, the
distance is about 14 inches (35cm). By this week, your total weight
gain should be between 24 and 29 pounds (10.8 and 13kg).
3. How Your Baby Is Growing and Changing
How Much Does Your Baby Weigh?
You’ve probably asked your healthcare
provider several times how big your baby is or how much baby might
weigh when it’s born. This is one of the most frequently asked
Ultrasound can be used to estimate baby’s
weight. Several measurements are used in a formula. Many believe
ultrasound is the best way to estimate weight. However, estimates may
vary as much as half a pound (225g) or more in either direction.
Even with a weight estimate, we can’t
tell if baby will fit through the birth canal. It’s usually necessary
for you to labor to see how baby fits into your pelvis and if there is
room for it to pass through the birth canal.
In some women who appear to be
average or better-than-average size, a 6- or 6½-pound (2.7 to 2.9kg)
baby won’t fit through the pelvis. Experience also shows women who are
petite are sometimes able to deliver 7½-pound (3.4kg) or larger babies
without much difficulty. The best test or method of assessing whether
baby will deliver through your pelvis is labor.
With umbilical-cord prolapse, the
umbilical cord is pushed out of the uterus too soon. It’s rare and is a
life-threatening emergency for the baby. It happens when the cord
passes alongside or past part of baby, which compresses the umbilical
vessels and shuts off the supply of blood and oxygen to the baby.
The situation may occur when there’s a
poor fit between the part of the baby entering the birth canal and the
mother’s bony pelvis, and the cord passes baby. Abnormal fetal
presentations, including breech, transverse lie and oblique lie, can
increase the risk.
Prolapse is twice as likely to occur when
a baby weighs less than 5½ pounds or when the mother-to-be has given
birth at least twice before. Excessive amounts of amniotic fluid also
increases the risk—when membranes rupture, the large amount of fluid
released can cause the cord to pass beyond baby.
Tip for Week 35
Maternity bras provide extra support to
your growing breasts. You may feel more comfortable wearing one during
the day and at night while you sleep.
When the situation occurs, the
healthcare provider may have to keep his or her hand inside the woman’s
vagina to lift the presenting part of the baby
off the cord until baby can be delivered by Cesarean delivery. Lowering
a woman’s head or changing her position may help. Filling the woman’s
bladder to elevate the fetal head a little may be done until a Cesarean
can be performed. If steps are taken promptly to deal with the
situation and deliver the baby, there is usually a good outcome.
4. Changes in You
Shoes and Feet
Your feet may change and/or grow during
pregnancy. This can happen as your baby grows and you add pregnancy
pounds. If it does (and it happens to many women!), keep the following
If you want to avoid using medication,
try a folk remedy. If you have a lot of gas, try taking 1 teaspoon of
olive oil on an empty stomach.
• Give up your tie-on and strap-on shoes for slip-ons. They’re much easier to get in and out of.
• Opt for flats—high heels and platform shoes can be dangerous.
• Sandals are great when they offer support. Buy a good pair.
• Consider adding foot
treatments to your list of “must dos”—foot massages and pedicures can
help make your feet and legs feel great. A pedicure can also help you
keep your toenails trimmed—a tough job when you can’t even see your
Emotional Changes in Late Pregnancy
As you get closer to delivery, you and
your partner may become more anxious about the events to come. You may
have more mood swings, which seem to occur for no reason. You may
become more irritable, which can strain your relationship. You may be
concerned about insignificant or unimportant things.
While these emotions rage inside you,
you’ll notice you’re getting bigger and aren’t able to do things you
used to do. You may feel uncomfortable, and you
may not be sleeping well. These things can all work together to make
your emotions swing wildly from highs to lows.
Emotional changes are normal; be ready
for them. Talk with your partner, and tell him how you feel and what
you’re thinking about. You may be surprised to discover he has concerns
about you, the baby and his role during labor and delivery. By talking,
you both may find it easier to understand what the other is
Your concern about baby’s health and
well-being may increase during the last weeks of pregnancy. You may
also fret about how well you’ll tolerate labor and how you’ll get
through delivery. You may be concerned about whether you’ll be a good
mother or be able to raise a baby properly.
Discuss emotional problems with your
healthcare provider. He or she may be able to reassure you that what
you’re going through is normal. Take advantage of prenatal classes and
information available about pregnancy and delivery.
If you want to breastfeed, it
may help to consult with a lactation specialist before baby’s birth. A
lactation consultant is a qualified professional who works in many
settings, including hospitals, home-care services, health agencies and
private practice. A consultant can help with basic breastfeeding
issues, assess and observe both you and your baby, develop a care plan,
inform healthcare providers of the situation and follow up with you as
needed. You can even contact a lactation consultant before baby’s
birth. Ask your healthcare provider at one of your prenatal
appointments for more information. Or check at the hospital where you
plan to deliver to see if they have lactation consultants on staff.