Your developing baby – week 35

by Kaiser Permanente |
Fetus at week 35, illustration

At week 35, your baby is about the size of a cantaloupe. Your baby weighs between 5 and 6 pounds and is around 18 inches long. They're growing fast now and will be here soon!

Your baby has less room to move around in the uterus now. You might notice that they move less often. However, their movements and kicks may feel stronger.

Your body produces hormones that keep your baby’s skull soft in the womb. Their skull is made of five boney plates that flex and move which allows your baby to pass through the birth canal. After birth, these bones grow firm and fuse together. Your hormones also keep your pelvis flexible and allow the pelvic joints to shift and open for birth. If your baby is in the birth position with head pointed down, the head rests on your pelvic bone, which may start to cause some normal discomfort or mild pressure.

Continue noticing how often your baby moves. If you have concerns or if the baby suddenly stops moving as expected, call Labor and Delivery.

This article has been created by a national group of Kaiser Permanente ob-gyns, certified nurse-midwives, pediatricians, lactation consultants and other specialists who came together to provide you with the best pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and newborn information.

Some of the content is used and adapted with permission of The Permanente Medical Group.