WEEK 35: Get ready with good fats
Support your baby’s immune system and brain developments by eating a diet rich in essential fatty acids. Their little lungs are now fully developed, so they’re ready to breathe after birth.
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35 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

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    At a glance

    Breathlessness and indigestion may ease off as your body prepares for birth

    Load up on omega-3-rich foods which contribute to your baby’s brain and eye development

     

    Continue with a healthy diet – what you eat impacts how your baby develops

    Breast milk is best for your baby as it naturally adjusts to meet their needs

    Baby’s lungs are finally ready to breathe.

    Baby's development at 35 weeks

    Baby’s lungs are finally ready to breathe. Meanwhile, exchanges between you and the placenta continue, maintaining the right amount of amniotic fluid in your amniotic sac. When your little one is ready to be born, your ‘water will break’ – and you’ll need to get to the maternity ward!

    Your body

    Do you feel like you’re breathing more freely? Has the indigestion subsided a bit?

    That’s because your clever little one is getting into the right position for birth. Baby has moved its head downwards into your pelvis, pressing your uterus downwards, giving your lungs and stomach a bit more space. This may cause you to feel some slight pain and discomfort.

    In the last few weeks of your pregnancy you will definitely get the feeling that your body is preparing for birth.

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    Nutrition

    There are two fatty acids that are essential in our diet. Our bodies cannot produce these nutrients, but by eating the right foods you can pass them on to your little one. Healthy fats are found in vegetable oils such as rapeseed oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil and sunflower oil.

    Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, fresh tuna and mackerel contain a special kind of fat, called long-chain omega 3 fatty acids. These are the fats that contribute to your baby's brain and eye development. Try and limit the amount of oily fish you eat to no more than two portions a week, especially tuna as it contains more mercury than other types of fish.

    Use your diet to give your little one the best start in life. Everything you eat while pregnant impacts baby’s development, and a good diet can have life-long benefits.

    Pregnancy tips

    During the last stages of pregnancy, some women worry that they won’t be able to breastfeed. Don’t worry about it, breastfeeding a baby is the most natural thing in the world. Baby has practiced sucking in the womb and knows exactly what to do already. And if you have any troubles, there’s lots of help around.

    Plus, your breast milk is the best thing you can give your baby because it’s tailor made by you. From around week two, babies start to put on about 30g a day.

    What‘s more, your breast milk automatically adjusts to your baby’s needs. At the start of a feed, the milk is thin and watery to quench thirst. Then it gets thicker and more nutrient rich to satisfy baby’s appetite. When your child develops a bigger appetite, your body will adjust and produce more milk within two days.

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    Important advice to mothers

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.