Development Week 35

Your baby may in fact be around the 5 1/2 pound (2383 grams) mark as you near your delivery date. The deposit of the fat has really plumped up your baby now, especially the legs and arms.

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This week begins your baby's most rapid period of weight gain - about one half to three quarters of a pound each week. Because of your baby's increasing size, she is now cramped and restricted inside the uterus. While the fetal movements may decrease, they may also be stronger and more forceful. Your baby's head, if she is in a headfirst position, is also resting on your pubic bone in preparation for labor.

Since you are 35 weeks pregnant, you can expect your health care provider to start doing regular checks of your cervix for signs of effacement (thinning) and dilatation (opening) of the cervix in preparation of birth.

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