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35 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 35 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a honeydew melon (length: 16.5-18.5”; weight: 2.4kg).

Got iron? Your baby builds up iron stores by absorbing it 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 the baby’s bottom 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 birth.

Your pregnancy at 35 weeks

What you need to know about Cesareans. A Cesarean birth is one in which the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's uterus and abdomen. Generally in the UK they are not performed by choice but you can discuss the ‘whys’ with your midwife.

The ABCs of GBS. After a urine test, you may be told you are a Group B strep carrier or GBS positive. Although harmless to you, it can cause an infection in your baby during delivery. If you test positive, you will receive antibiotics intravenously (through a vein in your arm) during labour and delivery to prevent infection in your newborn.

Did you know? Baby is getting ready for his or her first postpartum manicure! Those tiny fingernails have most likely reached the ends of baby’s fingers and toenails are also visible.

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