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Fetal Development: Week 34

Pregnancy Week 34

Week 34 of your Pregnancy

Just 6 more weeks until your estimated due date (EDD)!

Your baby is now most likely somewhere around 19.8 inches (50 cm) long and weighs about 5 to 5 ½ pounds (2.27 to 2.9 kg).

Your baby can now easily open and close his/her eyes, blink, screw up his/her eyes and is practicing how to focus.

Your baby’s lungs are now well developed, although not yet fully mature and he/she is still developing fat layers which will help with temperature regulation after baby is born.

In the long run babies born between weeks 34 and 37 usually do as well as full-term babies, but may require a short stay in the neonatal nursery.

What to Expect

You may be more aware of your womb tightening from time to time. These are irregular, painless practice contractions known as Braxton Hicks contractions, which often occur more frequently as you get closer to your due date.

As your baby is now right up against the wall of the uterus, you’re probably getting good at guessing which body part (foot? elbow? arm?) is protruding!

Tips for Week 34

Fatigue, difficulty sleeping, aches and pains and waiting for baby to arrive all contribute to you feeling exhausted. Take frequent naps and rest as much as possible.

With only a few weeks to go, it’s a good idea to know the signs of labor.

Make sure you have all your important telephone numbers handy in case labor starts.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to get your hospital bag packed and ready.

 

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