During week 35 of your pregnancy, you will notice that you have gained about 24 to 29 pounds and have an overall feeling of being physically uncomfortable. Not to worry… This is expected. The last few weeks are the most difficult time.
Your symptoms in the 35th week continue; fatigue, moodiness, backache, indigestion, etc. However, there may be a new symptom at this time. Anxiety may rear its ugly head. This is natural. As you get closer to your delivery date, you are going to be anxious. Take some deep breaths and talk to your partner or a friend.
You also could be experiencing more difficulty with haemorrhoids now. As your pregnancy progresses and your uterus grows, the pressure on your intestines increases. Combine that with the high level of progesterone in your body causing your food to digest slower, and you have constipation. So, in addition to the weight of the baby causing pressure on the veins of the rectum, the constipation causes you strain during bowel movements, making haemorrhoids even worse.
To avoid constipation make sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and fruits. Getting some daily exercise also helps. If you must use a stool softener or laxative, talk to your doctor first to find out what is safe to take during pregnancy.
Another issue you could be having this week has to do with your sex drive. If you remember, in your first trimester, you were more than likely not interested in sex at all. You were having morning sickness and odd feelings. Then, as if lightning struck, your libido was in full swing in your second trimester. That was understandable. Your nausea was gone and you had more energy. Now that you are this close to your delivery date, you may find that your sex drive has again gone into hiding. These changes are entirely normal and just part of a typical pregnancy.