35 Weeks Pregnant

How human babies are like… seals?! Plus, how to bank freezer meals now to make life easier later.

  • Baby at 35 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    At 5.5 pounds and 20 inches long, can you believe how big Baby Natural’s getting? (Judging from the size of your belly, the answer’s probably YES.) ?

    Fun fact: Back at 20 weeks, Baby Natural was only about 2% body fat. By the time he is born, it will be more like 10–15%. Interesting to note: most mamals are born with much less body fat (case in point, baby chimpanzees have 3% fat mass). In fact, the only other mammal with such a high percentage of body fat is a single species of seal. Seems staying warm in the Arctic and feeding massive human brains takes a lot of energy-dense FAT!

    All of this beautiful chub will keep baby healthy and robust once he makes his big debut. Speaking of which, most babies born at this time are perfectly healthy and may only need a quick visit to a neonatal unit (if that) before they're good to go home. ?

    Pregnancy week by week – 35 weeks pregnant – Mama Natural
  • You at 35 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Mama, I can’t breathe! ?

    I remember struggling for air while I was pregnant the first time around. As I neared my due date, it felt like my son was doing the Harlem Shake up on my lungs. I literally couldn't catch my breath.

    If you’re feeling shortness of breath, know that this will likely change over the next few weeks. Baby will drop further down into your pelvis to prepare for birth. This phenomena is called “lightening,” and it will certainly let you breathe a sigh of relief.

    In the meantime, you may want to eat small meals throughout the day and do your pelvic exercises to encourage baby to make his descent.

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