Those arms and legs are getting chubbier this week. It's likely that your baby is in the head-down position now, ready for the big journey down the birth canal. Get more details on pregnancy week 35.
Your Baby at 35 Weeks Pregnant
Got iron? Your baby builds up iron stores by absorbing this crucial mineral from your body, so load up on iron-rich foods in this final trimester. The majority of the absorption takes place in the final months before delivery.
Heads or tails. The head-down, or vertex, position is ideal for birth. If something other than the head appears first, the delivery is called a breech birth. Amazingly, despite the tight quarters in your uterus, your little acrobat may turn several more times before she's born.
Measuring up. By the end of this week, your baby may weigh up to 5.5 pounds and measure around 16.8 to 18.5 inches long.
Your Pregnancy at 35 Weeks
Cesareans in brief. A Cesarean birth is one in which the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's uterus. Odds are that you won't have the procedure, but it's good to be informed. Ask your doctor which circumstances he or she believes call for a Cesarean, and how he or she would perform one (the procedure may vary slightly, depending on the physician).
The ABCs of GBS. Sometime between now and 37 weeks, your health care provider may test you for the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacterium. Although usually harmless to you, it can cause an infection in your baby during delivery. The test itself is simple: Your doctor takes a swab from your vagina or rectum, or tests a urine sample. If you test positive, you may receive antibiotics intravenously (through a vein in your arm) during labor and delivery.