Your baby at 35 weeks pregnant
Your baby is the size of a honeydew melon. By the end of this week, your baby may weigh up to 5.5 pounds and measure around 16.8 to 18.5 inches long.
Your baby builds up iron stores by absorbing it from your body, so load up on iron-rich foods in this final trimester. The majority of the absorption takes place in the final months before delivery.
Heads or tails
The head-down, or vertex, position is ideal for birth. If the baby’s bottom appears first, the delivery is called a breech birth. Amazingly, despite the tight quarters in your uterus, your little acrobat may turn several more times before birth.
Your pregnancy at 35 weeks
What you need to know about Cesareans
A Cesarean birth is one in which the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's uterus and abdomen. Ask your doctor what circumstances he or she believes call for a Cesarean and when he’d perform the procedure.
The ABCs of GBS
Sometime between now and 37 weeks, your health care provider may test you for the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacterium. Although harmless to you, it can cause an infection in your baby during delivery. The test itself is simple: your doctor takes a swab from your vagina or rectum, or tests a urine sample. If you test positive, you may receive antibiotics intravenously (through a vein in your arm) during labor and delivery.
Did you know?
Baby is getting ready for his or her first postpartum manicure! Those tiny fingernails have most likely reached the ends of baby’s fingers and toenails are also visible.