Pregnancy Week 35 – Physical and Psychological Readiness for Delivery
Being in the end of the 8th month of your pregnancy, you would recognize that several major changes may happen in the baby’s movements, symptoms and body condition. Pregnancy week 35 is the period where the length of your baby’s size will not extend much. There is only slight development in length but more fat will be gained starting this week onwards. Symptoms may become stronger since your body is starting to prepare itself to delivery. Vitamin C consumption is highly recommended to prevent gum bleeds.
Mum and Baby at the End of 8th Month Pregnancy
Your little one is not that little anymore as we speak, since she reaches 20” tall –is she stands-. With body weight around five and half pounds, she really is putting on her weigh well. Very little –almost none- changes happens to the length. Yet, you could expect to feel heavier in the tummy since she will keep adding up scales to the weight, even until the delivery. The busiest part that stays growing –until she is about ten years old later- is the brain. Although the skull and bone structure are still soft, what the brain has in capacity is truly amazing. The softness of the bones is meant to make laboring easier to do. Well, considering the size of the exit door, this is very understandable.
Pregnancy week 35 makes you feel like being squeezed inside. Baby’s weight and length has pressed your pelvic area that little pressing like laughing and coughing can make you pee. Still remember how often you need to urinate in the first couple of weeks of the pregnancy? This could happen again starting from this week. Some exercise during pregnancy like Kegel can help tighten up the pelvic area. It is useful now and post delivery.
Although you might not enjoy the uninvited leaks, never ever think of reducing water intake. Your baby and your body need the liquid more than ever at this stage. If you feel tired of drinking, other forms of liquid can be consumed. Fresh juices –try to blend it from fresh ingredients for healthier sugar level- and watery fruits are yummy choices.
Getting Professional Assistance or Involving Your Partner?
This week onwards, you might start having a small talk with husband or partner about how to go through the delivery process. Some dads would be more than supportive –if not exciting- to stay on your side. Who wouldn’t love that? Some romantic scenes of your beloved one staying there, holding your hands, rubbing your back and giving support throughout the laboring process would seem so perfect. Don’t feel down though, when you find out that he is not that brave to stand there beside you. It is not about mentality, it is perhaps about not feeling tough enough to see you struggling.
It doesn’t matter now when the delivery day is coming, who would stand there be it your partner or a professional, the main goal is, you will get through it smoothly. A doula is a skilled professional to help mothers-to be during the labor. She would remind you to breathe properly, and guide you to relax so that the pains are not that striking. It is sometimes working a lot better, to have someone trained on your side. Someone who will not get panicked and who knows what to do is all what you need. Consult agents to find one. Talking about this in pregnancy week 35 will be just the right time.