35. WOP

From the 35th week of gestation, it will become increasingly tighter for your baby in your belly. Your baby is no longer floating in the amniotic fluid, but lies close to your uterus. Slowly, it is time for your baby to move into the birth position.

Important facts about the 35th week: What you should know

Your baby is already fully developed in the 35th week. If it wants to be born now, it has excellent chances of survival.

You are probably already full of anticipation and want to finally hold your baby in your arms – it will soon be time. You should now make good use of the remaining time until the birth.

Think about the upcoming birth. Where do I want to bring my baby into the world? And what birth positions are available? Find out from your midwife and listen to your gut feeling.

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable.

This is what happens to you

Maternity leave begins for you in the 35th week of pregnancy. This means that you no longer work and can prepare for the birth in peace and quiet.

In the 35th week of pregnancy, the scales show on average between 11.5 and 13.5 kg more than before the pregnancy. Your uterus alone, which weighed about 80 g, now weighs a proud 1.5 kg.

Contractions can now occur in various ways in the 35th week of pregnancy. For example, your uterus is preparing for birth with preterm or preterm labor.

In addition, the contractions should encourage your baby to turn into the birth position. Opening contractions occur regularly and at shorter intervals with increasing intensity. They announce that it is about to start.

Tip for fathers-to-be

The clinic bag is of high importance for a quick departure after the onset of labor. Support your wife in packing the bag, so there is less chance that something will be forgotten.

Pregnancy symptoms in the 35th week and what you can do about them

Bladder weakness

Your baby is putting increasing pressure on the surrounding organs, including the bladder. This is why an increased urge to urinate and bladder weakness are not uncommon and a concomitant complaint of many expectant mothers.

There is no real cure for bladder weakness, there is no way around frequent trips to the toilet

Attention: Just because you have to go to the toilet more often, you should not stop drinking a lot! Sufficient fluid is important for you as a mother as well as for your baby and should not be underestimated.

Circulatory problems

Your body is under power almost 24 hours a day, so it’s no wonder that your circulation reaches its limits. Sufficient rest helps to calm your circulation and relax your body and mind.

Circulatory problems can be prevented by taking many breaks, sufficient relaxation and a balanced diet. If your circulation does give out – then take the time to rest.

Premature birth in the 35th week: If your baby doesn’t want to wait any longer

Premature birth is when the baby is born before the 37th week of gestation. If your baby is born in the 35th week of gestation, it is called a late preterm baby.

Did you know that about 9% of babies are born before 37 weeks? The majority of these are late preterm babies. This is the name given to babies born between the 34th week and the 37th week.

Symptoms of premature birth in the 35th week of gestation

Two-thirds of babies are born after the 34th week of gestation. This is a time when the most important developmental steps are completed and the chances of survival are very high. But how can you recognize a possible premature birth?

If you notice even one of these symptoms, you should immediately go to the nearest hospital.

What are the reasons for miscarriage in the 35th week?

Doctors cannot always say exactly whether premature births are triggered by a specific cause or the interaction of several factors.

To give you an overview of the most common causes of miscarriage, we have summarized them for you at a glance:

The consequences of a premature birth for your baby

Premature babies who develop complications during the course of their development have a particularly difficult time. If the lungs are still immature, the so-called respiratory distress syndrome can occur.

This can lead to oxygen deficiency and respiratory distress. The immune system of premature babies is also still developing. This makes them more susceptible to infections such as the RS virus (RSV)

In babies born before 32 weeks gestation, the blood vessels are not yet fully mature and are therefore particularly sensitive. Since the vessels are still relatively thin, bleeding can occur in some cases.

In most cases, your baby is developed enough in the 35th week of pregnancy that no serious or life-threatening complications occur.

Can you prevent a premature birth?

Unfortunately, there is no sure recipe that can prevent a premature birth. Many factors can induce a birth early.

However, there are a few simple tips that can at least keep the likelihood of a preterm birth low:

  • Healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy
  • Adhere to preventive medical checkups
  • Avoidstress
  • Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
  • Avoid medication or take it only under medical supervision

This is what happens to the baby

In the 35th week your baby is about 46 cm tall and weighs 2.5 kg.

How your baby develops in the 35th week of gestation

In the 35th week your baby is fully developed. It can breathe on its own and the gastrointestinal tract, the immune system and the nervous system are also fully developed.

Your baby is getting tighter and tighter in your belly. From around the 35th week, it no longer swims in the amniotic fluid, but snuggles close to the wall of your uterus.

Although your baby hardly has any room left, it will change its position a few times. And that is a good thing. The ideal birth position of the baby is the cranial position, where the head is at the bottom.

When a baby is not born head first, it is called a breech birth or a birth from the breech position. Some doctors recommend a cesarean section in this case.

In the 35th week, your baby will slowly develop sleep and wake phases. When he is awake, he opens his eyes and closes the little eyelids again when he is asleep.

Did you know? Currently, the color of your baby’s eyes is still blue. Only after birth do they gradually begin to develop their later color.

The tiny fingernails have now grown beyond the fingertips. The development of the teeth is also in full swing in the 35th week of pregnancy.

This is important now

How to prepare for birth in the 35th week of pregnancy

As you already know, the time can come at any moment during the 35th week of pregnancy. In order to be able to fully concentrate on the birth at this moment, you should already think about these things:

Birth preparation course

A childbirth preparation course is a great way to exchange ideas with other parents. Here you can also find out about the birth process and have your worries and fears eased by other moms.

In addition, you will learn a special breathing technique with which you can “breathe away” the contractions. Interesting, isn’t it?


Do you want to give birth at home, in a birth center or in a clinic? You should think about this in the 35th week of pregnancy.

Since it can theoretically happen at any moment, it is important not to make this decision on the spur of the moment. Our tip: Just have a look at a birth center or the nearest clinic and listen to your gut feeling.

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable.

Birth position

You should also think about the position in which you want to deliver your baby.

Sitting, standing or squatting? Ask your midwife about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Hospital bag

So that you no longer have to worry about the contents of your clinic bag, we have created a checklist for you:

Important documents

  • Admission slip for the hospital
  • Maternity passport
  • Health insurance card
  • Identity card or passport
  • Married persons: family register or marriage certificate
  • Single persons: birth certificate and, if applicable, acknowledgement of paternity
  • Allergy passport if required
  • Optional: Birth plan

For you

  • Bathrobe
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Slippers
  • Warm socks
  • Old nightgown or T-shirt for the birth
  • 7 loose underpants or disposable briefs
  • 1-2 nursing bras(2 sizes larger than normal)
  • Nursing pads
  • Absorbent pads
  • Sufficient snacks & drinks for refreshment
  • Hair band if necessary
  • Washing utensils

For the baby

  • 2-3 size 50/56 panties/ rompers
  • 2-3 shirts size 50/56
  • 1 light cotton cap
  • 1 package of diapers size 1

Midwife tip

The closer you get to your due date, the more you probably think about how the birth will go. You can never really plan a birth – but you can prepare yourself well for it. You should start thinking about how and where you want to give birth. Theoretically, it can happen at any moment during the 35th week of pregnancy. It is therefore all the better if you start thinking about some things now.


What happens in the 35th WOP?

In the 35th week of gestation, your baby slowly moves into the birth position.

How does the baby lie in the 35th WOP?

Your doctor can tell you by ultrasound which position your baby has taken in the 35th week.

How heavy is the baby in the 35th WOP?

Your baby weighs about 2.5 kg in the 35th week.

How big is the baby in the 35th WOP?

In the 35th week your baby is about 46 cm tall.

Descending contractions in the 35th week: When does the birth start?

As soon as you feel contractions, you should go to hospital immediately.

Birth in the 35th week: how long in hospital?

This varies from individual to individual and depends on various factors. The health of the child and mother are the most important influencing factors. Basically, if both sides are in good health, you can expect it to take less than a week.

Videos about the 35th WOP

Susie and Jessica take you into their 35th week of pregnancy.

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