This week, your baby is as big as a pineapple.
Your baby now does more rolling, twisting and turning but kicking become less frequent.
Ultrasounds at this stage will allow you to see more facial expressions from your baby. This can only happen now that their nervous system is fully developed.
It is also likely that your baby is in facing head-down in the pelvis. This is the ideal position for delivery.
Some expectant mothers may experience cervical dilation and vaginal pain as the cervix starts to dilate or slightly open in the weeks leading up to delivery. For some, dilation may only occur a few days or hours before delivery.
As your uterus has become more constricted, your baby may switch from punching to more rolling, turning and twisting.
The baby's kidneys are now fully developed, the liver can process some waste, most of the basic physiological development has been completed, and the next few weeks are just about gaining weight.
Pregnant women may also slowly begin to have pseudocontractions in the month before delivery, and the frequency of pseudocontractions increases in the later stages of pregnancy.
At 35 weeks of pregnancy, the baby continues to grow as the due date approached. It is recommended that you do midwifery breathing classes to help you through birth.
Pay attention to the secretion of leucorrhea, if there is a rancid smell, you may suffer from bacterial vaginosis.
You may also need to undergo swab screening. Swab screening is generally performed at about 35 to 37 weeks in the third trimester. The screening process is very simple, fast, and does not cause any pain. You only need to take low vaginal and rectal swab samples. It is then sent to a laboratory for culture and susceptibility testing.
Streptococcus beta exists in the human body for an indefinite period of time, so early samples of pregnant women do not reflect the conditions at the time of delivery. Therefore, swab tests are most accurate in the third trimester, around 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy, near the time of delivery.
You are welcome to book an appointment with an OT&P midwife or to ask questions about the beta strep swab screening.
We also hold midwifery breathing exercises every Wednesday at noon so you can do your final practice for labor!