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34 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed thirty fourweeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (34 weeks)

If you were worried that you might go into labour early, you will be happy to know that a huge majority of babies born at 35 weeks are absolutely healthy. Your baby’s lungs would probably be fully developed at this stage and hence any breathing difficulties can be easily treated.

The baby’s gums might look ridged but her teeth are still about six months away, rarely, babies are born with a tooth or two.

Your symptoms at this stage (34 weeks)

As the baby is now pushing against your tummy, you could experience a bit of indigestion. Try toeat small meals, and avoid lying down right after a meal. A nap after dinner can sound like a good idea,however lying down very soon after eating can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.

Your life at this stage

The big day is likely to be about a month away. Try contacting the maternity ward in the hospital to check if you can have a tour, in order to know what to expect. If that’s not possible, take the online tour if your hospital has one.

Also, read up on admission procedures in case you go in early labour. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about how your baby will be monitored in labour. Also find out about the hospital’s policy regarding eating and drinking during labour.

Have you shared with your partner what to bring to the hospital? Or instead you can keep a small maternity bag ready in the car. Dads to be might need to carry some snacks, toiletries and a change of clothes for his own use as well.

Important things to keep in mind

  • Do you have some tingling sensations in your legs, it is better known as restless legs syndrome. Proper sleep, cutting down on caffeine or regular exercise may help
  • Have you decided the name yet? It would be a good idea to decide on one girl’s name and one boy’s name so that you are ready when the baby comes.