Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week by Week: 34 Weeks

At this point in your pregnancy, your baby weighs about 5 pounds. Fetal development taking place around week 34 of your pregnancy includes the following:
  • The skeleton hardens, although the head remains pliable to maneuver through the birth canal
  • The skin becomes less red and less wrinkled
  • The toenails are present, and the fingernails have reached the tips of the fingers
  • Your baby is developing immunities to fight mild infections.
Fatigue is a common complaint in women during this time. You may also experience:
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Pelvis aches, especially in the back
  • A sore rib cage, because your uterus is pushing against your ribs
  • A navel that is pushed out because your abdomen is being stretched.
Mothers who are expecting more than one baby should note that 50 percent of multiple deliveries occur between week 34 and week 37.
Continue to ensure that you are getting enough calcium in your diet. In addition, if you haven't already, it is time to start the selection process for a pediatrician or family practitioner for your baby.
(Click 34 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)

Pregnancy Week by Week: 35 Weeks

By the time you are 35 weeks pregnant, your baby may weigh about 5½ pounds, and his or her head is likely resting on your pubic bone in preparation for labor. In addition, the lungs are almost fully developed.
Babies who are born during this week or after have a 99 percent chance of survival.
Around 35 weeks, you might be experiencing more discomfort from hemorrhoids. You may also experience:
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Moodiness
  • Overall feeling of being physically uncomfortable.
(Click 35 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
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