Your body has become heavier, and your baby's weight is 2.2 – 2.6 kilograms around week 35. The extra weight you carry means that you need to slow down and you should avoid straining your back to avoid backache.
Your body is preparing for the labour with practice contractions of the womb. They are known as "false labour" or Braxton Hicks contractions, and they are a normal part of pregnancy. Many women have had the first contractions already around week 20. After a less active period they have now become more frequent and noticeable. It is only when they become painful or frequent that you need to contact your midwife, GP or hospital.
During late pregnancy, you should be aware of some warning signs. Seek help immediately if you get heavy vaginal bleeding. High blood pressure and protein in the urine might be signs of pre-eclampsia. It can be very serious if untreated.
Only around five per cent of babies arrive on their due date. You can prepare yourself for labour by reading about the signs of labour and learn about process and stages of labour. Learn how you can relieve pain during labour, and think about what is best for you.
Involve your partner so that he/she knows how to help you during the birth. You should also prepare older siblings for the fact that you will be coming home with the baby after the birth.