Pregnancy By Weeks – Week 35

At week 35 the baby is about 5 1/2 pounds and 19 inches long and there is only 1 month until the due date. If the baby where to be born in week 35 it will be fine, it will likely need to spend some time in the NICU but some 35 week babies are able to go home with the mom and avoid a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.

At the 35 or 36 week appointment your doctor will do the group B strep (GBS) test. This is a q-tip swab of the vagina and rectum. It tests for a bacteria called group B strep. This is a normal bacteria that is found on about 30% of the population at any given time and it comes and goes. It is not an infection or a disease and if you have it you did not get it from anyone. GBS does not cause any harm to adults. It can make newborn babies sick. For this reason we test for it and if it is present we give you antibiotics in labor. This does not eradicate that bacteria but rather keeps the baby from picking it up as it comes through the birth canal. The doctor will also probably want to check you cervix by placing two fingers in your vagina. This checks to see if you are dilating and more important confirms that the baby is head down

At 35 weeks we expect the baby to be head down, vertex presentation. If the baby is not head down, an ultrasound will be ordered to confirm the physical exam. If the baby does not have a vertex presentation options will be discussed. These options include a scheduled c-section or an external cephalic version. A version is a procedure in which the doctor moves the baby by pushing on the pregnant tummy.

At week 35 it is common for the movements to continue to change, less of the rapid kicking and more of the rocking type movements. The amount of movement may slow down a bit but the baby should still be moving throughout the day. If there does not seem to be enough movement be sure to do a kick count test. In this test you should feel 10 movements in less than 2 hours.

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Soft Signs of Labor

Pregnancy Disability 

Preeclampsia

Fetal Position

Edema

Kick Counts

Choosing the Baby’s Doctor

Gestational Diabetes

Placenta Previa

Sleeping Positions While Pregnant

Over the counter medications in pregnancy

Precautions

Dietary Restrictions in pregnancy