Week 34 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Third Trimester

Your 34th Week

Your baby is almost fully equipped for the outside world.
If your baby was born this week, she'd still need some help with breathing and feeding. But it's reassuring to know that basically she's in pretty good shape for survival. However, you are unlikely to go into labor this early. Now is your chance to start practicing the relaxation and pain-relieving exercises that you've been learning at your prenatal classes. The more familiar you are with the techniques, the more they will help you during labor.
1. The fundus, or top of the uterus, is high in your abdomen and the pressure under your ribs may make it impossible for you to enjoy a full meal without discomfort.
2. Your baby's gut would be able to process food if she were to be born this week. All the digestive enzymes are now active.
3. At 34 weeks the average crown to heel length is 16.7 in (42.4 cm) and the average weight is 3.7 lb (1.7 kg).
4. The position of the baby is unlikely to change between now and the birth if this is your first pregnancy.
5. The amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby varies in individual pregnancies. At this stage, the fluid has reached its maximum level.
The fundus, or top of the uterusYour baby's gut would be able to process foodAt 34 weeks the average crown to heel length is 16.7 inThe position of the baby is unlikely to changeThe amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby

Pregnancy Day by Day

By Consultant Editor, Paula Amato, MD

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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