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Your Baby's Development at Week 35 of Pregnancy

At this point in pregnancy, most babies' eyes are blue, although many change color after birth.
Other fetal development occurring around week 35 of pregnancy includes the following:
  • For males, the testes have completed their descent
  • Your baby continues to gain weight and store fat all over his or her body
  • The fingernails reach the end of the fingertips
  • The lungs are almost fully developed.
If your baby is in the head-first position, his or her head is now resting on your pubic bone in preparation for labor.

Changes in Your Body When 35 Weeks Pregnant

By the time you are 35 weeks pregnant, you have likely gained between 24 and 29 pounds. Other common physical changes that you may be noticing around week 35 of pregnancy include:
  • Not sleeping well
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Becoming moodier and more irritable
  • Overall feeling of being physically uncomfortable
  • A decreased sex drive.
Around 35 weeks pregnant, you also might be experiencing more discomfort from hemorrhoids caused by the increased pressure of your growing baby on the veins in your rectum. You might also be constipated, which makes hemorrhoids worse because you might strain for a bowel movement.
Try to avoid hemorrhoids by drinking lots of fluids and eating plenty of whole grains, raw or cooked leafy green vegetables, and fruits. Try not to strain for bowel movements, and always talk with your doctor before taking a laxative.
(Click Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy for more information, including ways to help prevent or if necessary treat hemorrhoids.)
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