Welcome to week 35, your baby is around 46.2cm long from head to heel - that's approximately the size of a honeydew melon!

At this stage, your baby is snugly curled up in your uterus, with their legs bent towards their chest. Despite the tight quarters, your little one is still fully able to move around, so you'll continue to feel those precious kicks and wiggles up until and during labour. It's essential, as always, to stay attuned to your baby's movements during this time - their regular movement is a reassuring indicator of their wellbeing. If you notice any changes, such as a decrease in movements, call your maternity unit for guidance straight away.

While it may be tempting to use a home doppler to check on your baby's heartbeat, these devices are not always reliable. Trust your instincts and seek professional medical advice if you have any concerns about your baby's wellbeing.

If you're expecting a baby boy, his testicles are now starting to make their journey from his abdomen into his scrotum — it's all part of the natural process of development.

Now, let's touch on premature labour. If labour begins before 37 weeks, it's considered premature, and your baby may need special care in the hospital. It's essential to familiarise yourself with the signs of premature labour and know when to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms.

If you're being tested for Group B Strep, 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy is suggested for testing. This is because the result of an ECM test has shown to be a highly predictive indicator of whether you will be carrying for the next five weeks, when you’re most likely to go into labour. 

As your due date draws near, you may find yourself needing to take things a bit slower. The extra weight of your growing baby can leave you feeling tired and achy, especially in your back. Listen to your body and take breaks when you need them — you're growing a tiny human, after all!

So, take care of yourself and your precious cargo as you countdown the days until your baby's arrival. You're doing an amazing job!



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