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Week 34

Week 34

During week 34, your baby may move into the head-down position for delivery. He or she is around 18 inches, and is about five pounds. The skin has turned from red to pink, and all of the organs except for the lungs are fully mature. Movement is restricted even more this week, and baby is curled up tightly in the womb. You should still feel movement frequently, but it will be much more confined. You'll notice every little hiccup or kick now, as the skin of your abdomen is stretched and the baby is pressing against your organs.

Your baby may have grown a full head of hair, or be nearly bald this is due to genetics rather than in utero development. The fingernails are growing to the ends of the fingers, while toenails are still catching up. He or she now responds like a newborn would, and opens and closes the eyes. Remember that your baby knows the sound of your voice, so spend lots of time singing and talking throughout the day. The same lullabies you sing now will calm your baby once he or she is born.

The uterus hardens and relaxes more often as it practices for labor. These are called Braxton Hicks contractions, and they have sent many a first time mom to the delivery room before her time. Your back probably aches, and you may have shooting pains down your legs. Your belly button is a definite outie now, as the baby pushes hard against the abdomen. Put your feet up to avoid ankle swelling and leg pain, and sleep on your left side to promote circulation in your body.

Your appetite has likely decreased due to the baby pushing against your stomach and intestines. You still need to be maintaining a 2500 calorie per day diet, so if you're having trouble eating make sure when you do have a meal or snack that you're eating nutritional foods that are high in protein, iron and calcium.

You should have your hospital bag packed and ready to go, as your baby could come at any time now. Practice your breathing techniques, as the more prepared you are the less likely you are to forget your birth plan during labor and delivery. You'll be seeing your caregiver at least once a week now, or more often if you have a high risk pregnancy.


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