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Week 35 of pregnancy | Third Trimester

(counting from the first day of last menstrual period)

Welcome to Week 35 of your pregnancy! Are you starting to feel that the end is near? Let’s take a closer look at Mom’s sleeping problems and the importance of getting enough calcium, protein and iron in your pregnancy diet.

By Week 35 you will more than likely have difficulties sleeping due to worrying about your baby’s health, being a parent and of course fearing the labour itself. You might also start feeling that you just want to get this baby out by now, but try be patient and let nature do its course. Keep in mind that you’ve only got just over a month to go!

Indigestion and heartburn might bother you as your baby’s increasing size is pushing your stomach and its contents. Eat small meals in order to be more comfortable, and remember to make sure you take in enough calcium, protein and iron.

Your practitioner will want to perform regular checks of your cervix over the next month – to look for signs of dilation and to make sure your baby’s is getting into the right position for birth.

In Week 35 your baby take up most of the uterus and the fat accumulations plump up his or her arms and legs. If your baby is a boy, the testes have completed their descent. Although all organ systems have been present for a long time, they are now just putting on the final touches with the purpose of getting your baby completely ready for the outside world.

It is common that your baby moves more when you are resting, because your movements while you are active rock him or her to sleep. You baby will continue the same pattern when born, until he or she learns that sleeping should be done during the night.

Bear in mind that well into the third trimester your partner is feeling uncomfortable and tired, which means she may not often be in the mood for sex. You might also be feeling tired, so don’t feel pressurised or push it, nor take it personally if your partner is not in the mood. Be close without sex; hold hands, kiss and sleep in the spoon position.

You might also want to play the “kicking game” as much as you can. If you hold your hand on your partner’s belly, you will more often than not feel the baby kick. You can even try tapping back to see if your baby responds.


Ensure than your partner gets enough protein, calcium and iron in her diet, and start reviewing the breathing and relaxation exercises you learnt in childbirth classes.

That’s it for Week 35… Try to relax as much as possible as you prepare yourself for a new little life to take control of your own! Next week we’ll discuss how Dad can baby-proof the house and how to look out for early labour sings.

Tip of the Week | be encouraged

Keep moving to avoid your feet from swelling / varicose veins. Get up from your desk and walk around every now and then. If you can’t exercise, stroll around shopping centres.

Baby Quote of the Week | be inspired

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. Margaret Culkin Banning

Good Reads | be informed

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam. On Becoming Babywise brings hope to the tired and bewildered parents looking for an alternative to sleepless nights and fussy babies. The Babywise Parent Directed Feeding concept has enough structure to bring security and order to your baby's world, yet enough flexibility to give mom freedom to respond to any need at any time. It teaches parents how to lovingly guide their baby's day rather than be guided or enslaved to the infant's unknown needs.


Baby Names we Like | be prepared