35 Weeks Pregnant: Preparing for the Final Month

Fact Checked Medically reviewed by Tanja Premru-Sršen


At the 35-weeks pregnant, you are wrapping up month eight, and there is only one month left to go until your baby comes and you finally get to meet them.

Keep reading to find out everything about the week thirty-fifth pregnancy week is going to bring, in regards to baby’s growth, baby’s development, and pregnant women.

Physical Symptoms During Week Thirty-Five of Pregnancy

At such a late stage of your pregnancy, many pregnant women report that symptoms tend to remain similar from one pregnancy week to the next, especially in the last few weeks.

Your body is slowly preparing for the end of the third trimester and the baby’s arrival.

Around the week thirty-five of your pregnancy, some of the main pregnancy symptoms you can expect are going to include:

Hips and pelvis pain

At thirty-five weeks pregnant, you are likely to start feeling pains in the parts of your body that you never felt pain in before, such as in your deep hips and deep pelvis.

While dealing with this newfound discomfort, a small consolation might be that this is a good sign!

Your body is preparing to have a baby by loosening the ligaments, so that baby can make its way out of your uterus and body.

Frequent urge to pee

Along with difficulty breathing, urge for frequent urination and less bladder control are one of the most common pregnancy symptoms of the third trimester.

Since your bladder is being pressed on by a baby (or babies, if you are having multiples), it is pretty evident why you feel like your bladder is going to burst and you have to go to the bathroom every five minutes.

Just because you feel the urge to pee more does not mean you should hydrate your body less; dehydration puts you at risk for preterm labor.

Keep your water bottle close and stay even closer to the bathroom at all times.


Make sure to eat plenty of fiber to promote digestion and prevent painful and uncomfortable constipation, which come as a result of pregnancy hormones.

If nothing else works, ask your doctor if you can take a fiber supplement or a stool softener.

Braxton Hicks contractions

As you get closer and closer to your due date, you are likely to notice an increase in the number of contractions you are experiencing.

Keep an eye out for the real ones and your water breaking, and drink lots of water.

What Happens to The Baby During Week Thirty-Five of Pregnancy?

At 35 weeks pregnant, the baby is about 18.2 inches long and weighs about 5.3 pounds, which is about the size of a honeydew melon. Of course, your 35-week fetus will put on a pound or more before you finally get to meet them.

At this point of the pregnancy, the baby’s hearing is fully developed, and your baby can now respond to high-pitched noises. The baby is also steadily gaining baby fat each week so that it can be chubby and fatty once it comes to meet you.

With every ounce of baby development, the baby’s skin becomes less wrinkled as more fat develops beneath it.

Pregnancy Checklist During Week Thirty-Five

There are certain tasks you need to fulfill to keep up with the journey and make sure you are staying on top of your and your baby’s needs and baby’s health.

The list of things you need to complete during your thirty-fifth week of pregnancy will include:

Use your pregnancy pillow

You probably purchased a pregnancy pillow in the early stages of your pregnancy, but it might as well be made of gold right now because that is how much it is worth!

Using a pregnancy pillow is going to help you maintain that ideal sleeping position while also relieving pressure off your hips while you are sleeping.

Watch your water intake before bed

Needing to take endless trips to the bathroom is just a part of the third trimester that you cannot change.

However, the one thing you can do to make this issue a bit better is to stay away from drinking a lot of water an hour or two before you go to bed to avoid waking up at night.

Do your best to sleep through the night while you still can; it will be an abstract concept in a few months.

Eat more veggies

Enjoying a colorful and healthy salad is an easy way to add more fiber into your diet, which will prevent constipation, and further prevent bloating and hemorrhoids.

Some of the most beneficial vegetable options include kale, spinach, lentils, and roasted chickpeas.

And while you are making these healthy and fiber-full choices, reach out for the fruit and nuts as well, mainly almonds, sesame seeds, pears, berries, or apples.

Pack your hospital bag

If you have not packed your hospital bag already, you should not be ashamed, but you should get up and do it right away!

You will not have time to do so once the labor starts, and best believe it, you will miss it in the hospital. Once the baby arrives, you will be thankful for the bag you have packed in advance.

Newborn babies require a lot of special care, so make sure to pack all of the essentials.

What To Avoid or Begin to Avoid?

To protect you and the baby during your pregnancy, avoiding potentially dangerous and harmful things and activities is essential.

During your thirty-fifth pregnancy week, make sure to stay away from:

  • Smoking, doing drugs, drinking alcohol, and being exposed to toxic substances.
  • Sleeping on your tummy.
  • Performing demanding workouts and carrying heavyweight.
  • Wearing strappy and tight shoes and high heels.
  • Touching kitty litter or cat feces.
  • Drinking an excessive amount of caffeine and carbonated drinks.
  • Getting tattooed as it poses a risk of infection.
  • Eating junk food, deli meats, raw or undercooked meat, eggs, cheeses from unpasteurized milk, unpasteurized dairy foods, high mercury fish, and unwashed fruits and vegetables.
  • Having close contact with anyone with rubella, chickenpox, or the Zika virus.