What happens during the 35th week of pregnancy?
- Pump it up: At about 35 weeks pregnant, your baby begins rapidly gaining weight, primarily from fat, and adds about 8 to 12 ounces per week. They’re gaining throughout their body, but this week, the plumping is most noticeable in the limbs and around the shoulders.
- Taking it easy: Your baby is reining in their movements. When you're 35 weeks pregnant, there's just not enough room in your uterus for your cutie to do much more than wiggle!
- Diaper-ready: In the intestines, your baby is storing their first waste, called meconium, a sticky tar-like substance that they’ll pass after birth.
35 weeks pregnant: signs of labor
The length of a typical pregnancy is approximately 40 weeks. If you go into labor at 35 weeks or any time before the 37th week of pregnancy, it’s considered premature labor. Some signs of preterm labor include contractions every 10 minutes or more, vaginal bleeding, and fluid leaking from your vagina, which could mean your water broke.
Going into labor this week doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll give birth now. Many women treated for preterm labor go on to have a baby after 37 weeks.
Having a baby at 35 weeks
If you deliver at 35 weeks, your bundle of joy would be considered a “late preterm” baby—a baby born between 34 and the end of 36 weeks. Your little one may need extra care and monitoring in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In the NICU, they will receive around-the-clock medical attention from healthcare professionals trained to help the tiniest of patients adapt to life outside the womb.
Premature babies may face challenges, but a baby born at 35 weeks is unlikely to have long-term health issues due to prematurity. Many famous people were premature babies, including Albert Einstein!