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  • Pregnancy Symptoms Week 35: Rush to the ER if You Feel Any of These Symptoms

    You are seventh months and about three weeks pregnant and have got about five more weeks left!
    by Rachel Perez .
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 35: Rush to the ER if You Feel Any of These Symptoms
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  • At 35 weeks into your pregnancy, you are now filled with excitement AND anxiety. You've got about five more weeks before hitting your due date, but your baby can also arrive any minute. If you haven't packed those delivery-day bags, now is the time to do it.

    Pregnancy signs Week 35

    Of all the checklists you have, the one you need to revisit again and keep to memory is the signs of labor. If you were to give birth at week 35, your baby will be considered premature and may spend some time in the neonatal intensive care unit for a routine check. The good news is his chances for survival are high at this stage.

    Alert your doctor and rush to the hospital emergency room immediately if you feel any of the following.

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    • your contractions are becoming more regular, stronger, and longer
    • you are constantly out of breath
    • you feel a sharp pain in your lower abdomen
    • you're experiencing bleeding
    • your water bag is leaking or had ruptured
    • elevated blood pressure
    • severe headache
    • blurred vision
    • sudden swelling
    • vomiting
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    Pregnancy symptoms Week 35

    Take a pause and relish your pregnant body now. Cherish your thick, bouncy tresses, your great skin, and that pregnancy glow. You're going to miss them once you give birth. You'll have your fuller breasts a bit longer if you're planning on breastfeeding.

    You still need to deal with annoyingly uncomfortable third-trimester symptoms. Just remind yourself that every day your baby stays inside until he reaches full term will make your after-birth life more manageable when it comes to feeding and sleep.

    Abdominal pressure, aches, and pains in the hips and pelvis

    Your baby is probably already into a head-down position towards your birth canal. As he settles near your pelvis, you might feel pressure and more pain in your lower abdomen, pelvic area, and your hips. It's also a sign that your ligaments are loosening to help your baby make his way into this world. It's also why you're a bit more clumsy lately.

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    Braxton Hicks contractions

    When your belly tightens, it can sometimes feel like you're having a contraction, but these are Braxton Hicks or false labor contractions. They are mild and irregular, don't increase in intensity or frequency, and usually go away usually when you shift positions. If you're unsure whether your contractions are false or true, consult your doctor.

    Frequent urination, incontinence

    Your growing baby is pressing on your bladder, so you need to empty them more often. Otherwise, you might find yourself accidentally peeing when you sneeze or cough. Don't wait too long before going to the bathroom to pee either.

    Itchy skin

    Applying moisturizers should help ease mild itching of the skin and prevent or manage rashes and stretch marks. These are typical pregnancy symptoms, but if it prevents you from getting on with your daily activities, have it checked by your doctor.

    Constipation

    Your baby's growth also means more pressure on your whole digestive tract, which may affect your bowels. Drink lots of water and eat fiber-rich but not gassy food to get them moving. Try not to strain too much when you poop to prevent developing hemorrhoids.

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    Increased vaginal discharge

    Increased vaginal discharge help prevents infection and preps your body for labor. If you notice a "bloody show" or a red-tinged, sticky, and a gelatin-like substance on your undies, it could be your mucus plug, which is a sign that you're about to go into labor.

    Blurry vision

    It's a typical pregnancy symptom due to increased blood flow in the veins. But if you're experiencing blurry vision accompanied by headache, and sudden weight gain or swelling, it could be a sign of preeclampsia, so tell your doctor right away.

    Swelling

    Your body's increased blood and bodily fluids production may also accumulate in the tissues and cause swollen ankles, feet, and hands, varicose veins, stuffy nose, and bleeding gums.

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    Your baby's development at 35 weeks

    At 35 weeks pregnant, your baby is as big as a pineapple, measuring a little more than 18 inches, and nearly five and a half pounds. He's not likely to grow in length, but he can still grow about a pound more or less every week while waiting for his birth.

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    While your baby's limbs fill with fat, his skull remains soft as his brain continues to develop quickly, making new nerve connections every day. Your little one's head remains soft so he can squeeze through the birth canal easily. You may also notice he's getting into head-down position ready for birth.

    Your baby's hearing is now fully developed, so continue to talk to your baby as your due date nears. Even in the womb, babies particularly respond to high-pitched sounds. Talking to your baby may help ease your anxieties about childbirth.

    Your baby growth has given him less room to move now, so his kicks and somersaults may be reduced to punches and tolls and wiggles, but his usual activity should not decrease. It's even more crucial to sleep on your side, which has been linked to a lower risk of stillbirths. Continue to monitor your baby's movement during baby's waking hours and report to your doctor ant notable changes.

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    Your to-do list on Week 35 of your pregnancy

    Just as your baby bump is growing bigger, you may experience "pregnancy brain" on Week 35 of your pregnancy. This is why you may find yourself more forgetful, so better write things down or use an app to list those things you need to do.

    Do practice runs to the hospital

    Your birth plan and postpartum care plan are set, and your three hospital bags packed to bring on delivery day. It's time to do some practice runs to the hospital to explore different routes and get a feel of the traffic at specific times of the day.

    Encourage your little one to turn

    Your doctor may do a third-trimester ultrasound scan to check if your baby is already in position. If not, you may encourage your baby to get into birth position upon the advice of your doctor. It may include walking, swimming, doing yoga and pelvic tilts, or playing music.

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    Undergo a biophysical profile

    It's a typical ultrasound that measures your baby's heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby. It also includes a non-stress test (NST) and electronic fetal monitoring to make sure everything is okay.

    Don't stress!

    Pregnancy discomforts, worrying or fear of childbirth, the waiting for the baby's arrival, and motherhood — there is a lot to think and worry about. Take things one day at a time. Meditation, journaling, and talking about it with someone can help ease your anxieties. Don't hesitate to also speak to a professional, too.

    More on your week-by-week pregnancy:

    Pregnancy Symptoms Week 34: Your Appetite May Wane (You're Almost Full-Term!)

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