35 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms and What to Expect
Your Growing Fetus at 35 Weeks
It’s official, you can count the remaining weeks of your pregnancy on one hand. At 35 weeks your baby is 18.2 inches, that’s really close to the size of an All American Girl Doll.
Here’s what your little guy (or girl) is up to this week
- Their liver and kidneys are now fully functioning.
- Your baby is only going to grow a couple of more inches, but they will still be busy packing on the ounces.
- Their hearing is now fully developed.
Pregnancy Superfood for Week 35
For our pregnancy superfood this week, we’re talking Oatmeal! This delicious breakfast food is great for your pregnancy because it contains folic acid, fiber, and iron.
As we’ve mentioned before making sure you are getting enough folic acid is extremely important because it will prevent your baby from having birth defects. The iron in oatmeal will lower your risk of becoming anemic.
The fiber will help keep you regulated. Not only is oatmeal great because it is quick and easy to make, but you can also top it with fruit for an even healthier breakfast.
Here are a few recipes that will have you going to bed excited for your breakfast in the morning.
Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal:
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups of water (you can also use nondairy milk)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- sea salt
How to Prepare:
- Slice your banana, we like leaving a few slices for the topping.
- In a large pot add the chia seeds, banana slices, oats, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt.
- Add your water or nondairy milk and stir.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
- Stir the oats frequently to keep the chia seeds from clumping.
- All of the liquid should be absorbed and the banana slices should melt into the oats.
- The oats will be fluffy and thick when done.
- When you’re ready to serve, portion the oatmeal into bowls and top with peanut butter and any extra banana slices. Enjoy!
Chocolate Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes:
These are great for those mornings when you have to rush out the door.
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 ¼ cup banana, mashed and overripe
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅔ cup water
- 2 ½ tablespoons oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- chocolate chips (as desired)
How to Prepare:
- Begin by preheating the oven to 380 degrees.
- Line a cupcake tin with 11- 12 cupcakes. In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
- In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients, and the banana.
- Whisk them together.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and pour into the liners.
- Bake the cupcakes for 21 minutes.
- When the time is up, turn off the oven light but don’t open the door to the oven. Allow the cupcakes to sit in the oven for 10 more minutes. Leftovers can remain in the fridge for up to a week.
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal:
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 ½ cups strawberries
How to Prepare:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and mashed banana in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in the strawberries and oats.
- Once everything is combined pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
- You will know it is done when the oatmeal has set.
- Let the oatmeal stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Top Tip for Week Thirty-Five
There are several timer apps that will count your contractions. Download one so you can be ready when you go into labor.
Inspirational Message of the Week from Already Moms
“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” – Joyce Maynard.
Big Efforts from your Co-Creator
If you have any nursery furniture left to assemble, do it soon. Also, this is not the time to be turning your phone on silent during a sports game. Keep your phone on and nearby just in case your lady goes into labor.
This Art of Allowing
- As your due date gets even closer, you’re probably stressing about their arrival and unfinished tasks.
- Try not to stress.
- Your little one will arrive when they are ready. When they do arrive, they won’t care if all of their adorable outfits are neatly folded into their dresser.
- Just make sure their crib is assembled and that the car seat is installed and you will be fine.
- If you would feel more comfortable with having everything done, don’t try to do it yourself.
- You have a partner who would be more than happy to join in.
Pregnancy Symptoms of Week Thirty-Five
Just a few more weeks of these annoying symptoms! Here’s what you may be experiencing this week.
Frequent Urination: Your baby is pressing on your bladder as they are sitting pretty low in your pelvis. Keep drinking water!
Leg Cramps: You may experience more leg cramps. Stretching and staying hydrated may prevent them.
Vaginal Discharge: The amount of discharge you’re producing will continue to increase until the day you deliver your baby. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal. Your body is working to keep the bacteria out. If your discharge turns yellow, green, or smells badly consult your doctor.
Swelling: Swelling of your feet, hands, and face may occur. If the swelling becomes severe, talk to your doctor.
Dizziness: Low blood sugar could be causing you to feel dizzy. Keep a granola bar in your purse for a quick pick me up.
Heartburn: Your baby is growing and crowding your digestive system, thus heartburn may occur quite often. Foods that are acidic and spicy may cause your stomach to hurt.
Shortness of breath: Your uterus is expanding and pushing against your lungs, which leaves you feeling short of breath. Remember to take it easy.
Leaky breast: The yellowish fluid leaking from your breasts is breast milk. If it becomes uncomfortable try wearing nursing pads.
Your Body will Change and It’s Necessary
Throughout your pregnancy, your uterus has been moving up the abdomen. Your uterus is now under your rib cage. You will start seeing your doctor weekly. Between week 35 and week 37 your doctor will swab the inside of your vagina to check for Group B Streptococcus. While this bacteria is harmless in adults, it can severely affect your baby, which is why your doctor wants to make sure you do not have it.
Our Recommended Remedy for Week 35
At 35 weeks, this seems like a good time to review a couple of the signs of labor with you.
Water breaking: If you feel a big gush of water between your legs or even a slow trickle that never seems to end, congrats your water just broke and you are officially in labor.
Contractions: If that mild tightness has turned into pain in your belly and back, it might be a good idea to head to the hospital. Contractions happen pretty regularly and get more painful as they get more frequent. Count your contractions and when they seem to be five minutes apart, call your doctor.
Loss of Mucus Plug: Not all women notice this but as your cervix begins to thin you will naturally expel the plug. If you see a bloody stringy mucus, that is your mucus plug.
Our Best Advice to Soothe The Uncomfortable
- This next section is going out to all of our mom to be’s on bedrest. We know it is extremely tough to be confined to your bed. Try making your bed a mini sanctuary to help lift your spirits. Colorful bedding, good smelling candles, and lotions on the nightstand and a dry erase board with your handwritten inspirational quotes next to your bed will provide you with good vibes to help you cope.
- Check spas near you to see if any of the therapists make house calls. What better thing to lift your spirits than a relaxing massage.
- Pass the time by watching Netflix, reading on your tablet, or listening to music.
- Keep a cooler next to your bed full of healthy snacks for when your partner is away.
- We know it can feel isolating at times, but you are never alone.
- If you begin to feel really down in the dumps skype or FaceTime a loved one.
Preparation for Motherhood
- Talk to your insurance about adding your baby on after they are born.
- If the car seat isn’t installed, have your partner install it this week
- Throw all those adorable baby outfits that you received from the baby shower into the washer.
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