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Highlights this week

Ready to drop

Soon your baby will descend into your pelvis, giving your lungs more room but putting more pressure on your bladder.

Sleep is elusive

If you're feeling anxious, relaxation techniques can help calm your mind, soothe your muscles, and allow you to get some sleep.

Do we need a crib?

Eventually. But if the baby arrives before your crib does, she'll do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or even months.

35 weeks is how many months?

You're in your eighth month!

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Baby development at 35 weeks

Amniotic fluid receding

By this time, you baby is floating in about a quart of amniotic fluid. It will now gradually decrease until you give birth.

Physical development mostly done

Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete. She'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

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Your baby is about the size of a honeydew melon

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18 ¼
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head to toe
5 ¼
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Pregnancy symptoms during week 35

Heartburn and bloating

Your uterus now reaches up under your rib cage. Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs too, which is why you probably have to pee more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress.


You might feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off.


Many women get tired of being pregnant during the third trimester (and some even earlier). What's exciting and new during the first few weeks and months of pregnancy can become pretty tedious by the sixth or seventh month.

Don't see your symptom?
Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 35 weeks

Know the stages of labor

Labor is divided into three main stages. Learn about them so that you'll feel better prepared for labor and birth.

Install your baby's car seat

If you're having trouble getting installation right and the manual doesn't help, watch a step-by-step video and then get a free car seat safety inspection.

Wash your baby's clothing and bedding

Throw all those adorable little outfits and blankies in the wash to remove any irritants in the fabric. You can use a gentle detergent designed for babies or one that's labeled hypoallergenic or good for sensitive skin.

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ACOG. 2015. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one [Accessed May 2019]

Mayo Clinic. 2015. Fetal development: The third trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20045997 [Accessed May 2019]

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2016. What to include in your birth plan. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000567.htm [Accessed May 2019]

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Nemours Foundation. 2014. Dealing with pain during childbirth. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/childbirth-pain.html# [Accessed May 2019]

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Kate Marple is a writer and editor who specializes in health, pregnancy, and parenting content. She's passionate about translating complicated medical information into helpful pregnancy and parenting advice that's easy to understand. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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