35 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

35 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

You’re 35 weeks pregnant and you’ve got yourself a bunch of carrots in there… and I’m not talking about those little baby carrots your can buy in a bag… I’m taking full-on, see ’em everywhere at Easter, carrots… like “What up, Doc?” carrots.

Funny story about those baby carrots… I’ve craved them during both pregnancies, but only while INSIDE the grocery store. So, upon entry, I grab a bag, open it, and proceed to eat the entire thing before arriving at checkout [yes, I pay for them]. People stare as I chomp away down the oils and condiments aisle, but no one says anything, so I chalk that up as a win.

35 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

As difficult as it is to even get out of bed when you’re this far along, staying active throughout your entire pregnancy will so greatly benefit you when it’s go time! We all have at least one friend that had the pleasure of pushing for over 3 hours. That’s a lot of cardio. Get your Kegels on as well. These are pelvic floor muscle exercises that help to restore muscle function and lessen the symptoms of urinary incontinence postpartum. Ask your doctor how best to perform Kegel exercises. They’re easy and effective!

35 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

So… the prodromal labor sent me to the hospital thinking I was having a baby this week. When I got there, they, too, thought I was in active labor when they saw the contractions on the monitor. It was pretty scary because I am only 35 weeks pregnant, so I knew my sweet baby wasn’t done cooking yet. To scare us even more, baby girl is breech, so the doctors were ready to prep me for an emergency c-section! After 24 hours, the contractions stopped, so they monitored me a little while longer and sent me home.

Did I mention that all of this was in Austin?

I got home to Dallas and was put on bedrest until I could in to see my doctor. She confirmed it was, indeed, prodromal labor and encouraged me to stick to modified bedrest until I was at full term at 37 weeks. I’m only dilated to a 1 and 0% effaced, so I feel better that baby girl isn’t anywhere near making her appearance.

What are you feeling?

Increased discharge

As if pregnancy isn’t sexy enough already, now you get to add a pantyliner to your daily getup! Either it wasn’t this bad last time or I totally blocked it out of my memory, but this is just… nasty. Obviously, if the discharge is bloody or very smelly, call your doctor. The whiteish stuff is just normal pregnancy… discharge… I cannot believe I’m writing this on the internet. ughhhh…

Fatigue

Third trimester fatigue is a real thing. You may find yourself…

… Sorry. I started writing that and then fell asleep. I’m back now.

Lower Back Pain

I texted my chiropractor the other day if it is possible for your tailbone to break in half. She responded with the crying-laughing emoji.

No, wait… I’m serious. Can it break in half? I’m asking for a friend…

Your 36 Week Appointment – What to Expect

Okay, momma… you knew this day would come. It’s time to be prepared to get your feet back in the stirrups again. Most doctors want you to come into the office weekly, starting at 36 weeks, where they were check you… erm… down there… to see how your cervix is doing. At your 36 week appointment, be prepared for your doctor to also give you an ultrasound to check your babe’s positioning, your fluid levels and to see how fat your little chunker is getting!

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Dilation

This is the widening of the cervix [measured in centimeters] from completely closed to fully open at 10 cm. Baby can’t exit until you’re at 10 cm, so the labor game is a really painful process that helps your cervix open up.  Once it’s nice and open, you’ll feel the urge to push and then the baby will descend! As you get closer to your due date, your doctor will start to check for dilation. You can start dilation and effacement weeks before you deliver, or you may be at 0 cm and dilate completely from start to finish in a few hours!

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Family Insurance Plan

Now’s the time to contact your insurance company and find out what they typically do plan-wise when babies enter the scene. For most companies, the day the baby is born, your insurance plan will automatically change over from an individual or spousal plan to a family plan. For me, this meant I automatically had another deductible to meet when my first was born. Luckily, there are options that may make the financial burden easier. We ended up just adding our new baby to my husband’s policy, which kept me on an individual plan during my hospital stay. Depending on your situation and your insurance policy, there may be a better course of action. Check into this before the baby is born to save yourself the hassle!

How to Survive this week:

The kitchen timer is ticking down and, every single day, you’re one step closer to meeting your sweet little lovebug! Things are about to get more uncomfortable from here on out, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel… and that light has your baby ready to be in your arms!

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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