When you are 35 weeks pregnant, symptoms of discomfort and breathlessness may worsen as your baby grows. Many women begin maternity leave around this time.
Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 35
By 35 weeks there will be less room for your baby, but they will be just as active at the end of pregnancy. Their movements will probably feel different, but they should be as strong and frequent as they were before.
If you think your baby’s movements have stopped or slowed down, it’s important to seek advice from your midwife or maternity unit straight away. A change in how you feel, or your baby’s movements or growth pattern may be a warning sign that tests are needed. Contact your midwife straightaway if you are worried.
You will probably be feeling uncomfortable and breathless as your uterus grows so big it pushes against your diaphragm. There’s not a lot of room in there right now so you may also feel them jabbing your ribs with their feet and you will also feel pressure against your stomach and bladder. The good news is you will feel much better when they engage – their head moves into your pelvis - in the next week or so.
You will normally start your maternity leave around this time. Whilst some women at 35 weeks pregnant will feel exhausted; if you have the energy it can be a nice time to get out and about, doing all the things you're likely to miss post-pregnancy such as shopping trips, a visit to the cinema or dinner date with your partner.
Having a new baby will change your life, and for the first few months it is not uncommon for new parents to have less time and inclination to pursue the social life they had before the baby came along. Your relationships with each other and other people will change.
It is perfectly common for couples to have less intimacy after the baby is born as you are tired, have little time and little desire to do so, so why not use these last few weeks to spend some time together. Equally it is very common to not to see your friends so much, especially those without children. Your good friends and family members will understand and when you do feel ready, will still be there ready to go out again but why not capitalise on this time off by meeting up with them and having some you time.
Further help and information
NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.
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