By 34 weeks your baby weighs about 4 and 3/4 pounds and measures almost 18 inches. Her skin is filling out with all her fat layers that will keep her warm after she’s born. Her skin has never been smoother. Her lungs and central nervous system are continuing to mature. If you had any concerns of preterm labor you will be happy to hear that babies born between 34-37 weeks with no other health problems usually do fine.
By this week you’re probably going to feel the fatigue that you previously experienced in the first trimester. This tiredness is perfectly normal because of all your restless nights and uncomfortableness. Now would be the right time to slow down and save up your energy for labor. When getting up after sitting for a while try to get up slowly because your blood can pool in your legs causing you to feel dizzy.
About 1% of women suffer from something called PUPPP(pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy). These are red itchy bumps on your belly or thighs that are harmless but really uncomfortable. Speak to your doctor so he can see if it’s anything more serious and can refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. If there’s no redness but you are extremely itchy call your doctor as well because this can be a sign of a liver problem.
In response to the question, “Who should be with me in the delivery room? ” – Marcy L. from Arizona
There really is no wrong or right answer, it’s really what you feel most comfortable with. If you’re bringing in anybody, make sure to include your husband or partner in the plan. If your mother or mother in law wishes to be present at this exciting time and you’re comfortable with it, then by all means go ahead. If you are even slightly uncomfortable with it then just speak up and say you wish to keep this private. The delivery nurses come and go so if you wish to have a professional present at all times hire a coach or doula. Studies have shown that women who have doulas have shorter deliveries, less complications and healthier babies. If you’re thinking about having a natural drug free birth then it’s worth some serious thought.
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