Weekly Development of Pregnancy ( 35 – 40 Weeks )


You are within sight of your desire!… It is your most cherished dream to have your baby in your arms right away. You will start seeing your doctor more frequently in these weeks. Your doctor uses the foetal monitor to check your baby’s heart beats, movements and the contractions in the uterus. As such, it will be possible to assess the conditions the baby is in. Share your thoughts, especially your concerns, regarding normal birth with your doctor. It is possible to know your exact due date. The Doctor runs a vaginal check on the expectant mother to see the softness of the cervix, whether it is already dilated and informs the mother accordingly. While some expectant mothers give birth to their babies in these weeks, others continue to wait. Mothers who do not give birth in these weeks may have to wait until the 41st or 42nd weeks. The hands and feet could visibly swell and collect oedema. Under such circumstances, a test to check for protein level in the urine is performed under doctor’s instructions.

If your baby is completely in the birth canal, your heartburn, breathing and digestive problems will lessen. However, frequency of urination will increase due to pressure on your bladder. Try to sleep and rest as much as possible during the day because sleeping at night may become very difficult. Also, as your baby’s weight gain accelerates, yours will slow down. Due to pregnancy hormones produced by the placenta, your breast will become even larger at this stage and vaginal discharge will also continue. If this discharge comes with pain and is a light red colour, you should inform your doctor immediately.

Your baby…

Your baby is almost here! Humans grow the fastest in the womb. Your baby’s transition from a molecule which is not visible to the regular eye to a baby is completed in 40 weeks. The fetus starts developing and take form as of the 20th week. The last 3 months of pregnancy is when his/her growth is highest and emotional intelligence develops. Although the due date is not far off, the baby’s development continues. He/she continues to gain weight and get taller. After the 36th week, your baby will no longer be premature if born. His/Her muscle and circulation systems continue preparations for the final day. As the baby swallows the amniotic fluid, her first stool; meconium is produced. Sometimes, it is possible to see from the first stool your baby passes after birth that he/she has been swallowing his/her fluid; It will be black and sticky. Also, It will be easy for the head to be expelled from the birth canal as the skull has not fully developed. This is important for both the baby and mother.

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