Prenatal Development – Week 34 – What’s Happening This Week?

Sunday July 15, 2018

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At this point, it may seem as if it will be an eternity before you are able to hold your baby in your arms, but the truth is you only have a few weeks left! The baby has now positioned with their legs curled up to the chest in the fetal position because space around them is quite limited.

Though the baby has not yet turned into the birthing position, you still have plenty of time to prepare for their arrival. If your baby is born at any time after this week, chances of survival are very high, although they would probably have to be on oxygen, as well as in an incubator. But, rest assured, the most dangerous time for premature labor has passed.

Your baby weighs about five pounds at this point and is almost 13 inches long from the top of its head to its buttocks.

This week, the baby’s skeleton will harden, although the skull will remain pliable to allow passage through the birth canal. The baby’s skin will reduce in redness, and the developing fat underneath it will fill out the wrinkles. The fingernails have grown to the tips of the fingers by this point, and the baby is beginning to develop immunities which will allow it to fight mild infections on its own.

You may begin to feel anxious about the upcoming delivery and the responsibility of taking care of your new baby. Your body may also suffer from aches and pains as well, and you will continue to gain about one pound per week.

During the last weeks of your pregnancy, you should try to rest as much as possible. Do not drink caffeine to stay awake because it can negatively affect the baby. Take frequent naps when needed instead. You may also have to deal with pelvic pain, sore ribs, and Braxton Hicks contractions.

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