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35 weeks pregnant

Your baby at 35 weeks

Your baby is the size of a honeydew melon. By the end of this week, your baby may weigh up to 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) and measure around 42.8 to 47 cm (16.8 to 18.5 inches) long.

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 Caesareans

 A Caesarean birth is one in which the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's uterus and abdomen. Ask your doctor which circumstances he or she believes require a Caesarean and when he’d perform the procedure.

The ABC of GBS

Sometime between now and 37 weeks, your healthcare provider may test you for the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacterium. Although harmless to you, it can cause an infection in your baby during delivery. The test itself is simple: your doctor takes a swab from your vagina or rectum, or tests a urine sample. If you test positive, you may receive antibiotics intravenously (through a vein in your arm) during labour and delivery.

Did you know? 

Baby is getting ready for his or her first post-natal manicure!  Those tiny fingernails have most probably reached the ends of baby’s fingers, and toenails are also visible.

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