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Pregnancy Calendar Week 35

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It's very important to eat lots of iron-rich food in the third trimester. Your baby absorbs this crucial mineral from your body to build up iron stores in her own body, mostly in the form of red blood cells.

Your baby at week 35
Your Baby
Got iron?It's very important to eat lots of iron-rich food in the third trimester. Your baby absorbs this crucial mineral from your body to build up iron stores in her own body, mostly in the form of red blood cells. The majority of the absorption takes place in the final months before delivery.

Heads or tails.
"Should my head be up or down?"The head-first, or cephalic presentation is the ideal position for birth. Labour goes more smoothly when the baby's head, the largest body part, comes through the birth canal first. About 3 to 4 percent of babies haven't turned to this position by 35 weeks. If a foot or the bottom appears first, the delivery is called a breech birth. (To find out how providers treat a breech baby, click here). Amazingly, despite the tight quarters in your uterus, your little acrobat may turn several more times before she's born.

Measuring up.
Your baby's arms and legs are getting chubbier as she continues to gain weight. By the end of this week, she may weigh up to 2.5 Kg (about 5.5 pounds) and measure about 46-47 cm (about 18.5 Inches) long.


Your Pregnancy
What you should know about Cesareans. No matter how much thought and preparation you put into it, childbirth (like parenthood) can be unpredictable. There's always a chance your doctor will decide that there is some risk to you or your baby and, as a result, will deliver your baby by Caesarean section. A Caesarean birth is one in which the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's uterus. About one in five births in the United Kingdom are Caesarean births. So even though the odds are that you won't have the procedure, it's worth being prepared. Think about whether you would like to stay awake, with an epidural or have a general anaesthetic if you have one. Most doctors think that it is slightly safer to stay awake.

From the experts.
As you think ahead to labour, you may wonder what happens if the umbilical cord wraps around your baby's neck. "This condition, called nuchal cord, is fairly common and usually not harmful to the baby," says Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda, "No one knows why it happens, but it may have to do with the length of the cord."
 

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