Week Thirty-four of Your Pregnancy

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Week 34 Info

WEEK 34

Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds "like an average cantaloupe".  You may be reassured to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with some medical intervention.  Your baby is opening his eyes while awake and closing them while asleep.  His fat layers are filling out and will help regulate his body temperature once he's born.

Your body is really getting ready and you may be having more and more contractions.  This is a really good sign and it's time you learn all you can about labor and its stages.

By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor "and beyond". If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

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