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Pregnancy week 34

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34 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Your Baby at 34 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is the size of a cantaloupe (length: 17-18"; weight: 4.7-5 lbs.).

Making the drop. If your baby is a boy, his testicles are now descending from his abdomen into his scrotum. If your infant's scrotum seems large right after birth, don't worry: The swelling is due to extra fluid and will go down in a week or so.

No vacancy. Your baby is moving around less frequently, mostly because of the cramped quarters — he is right up against the wall of the uterus. You're getting pretty good at guessing which body part (foot? elbow? arm?) is protruding.

Baby blues. Right now, your baby's eyes are blue. The pigmentation process in the iris won't be complete until his eyes have been exposed to light for several weeks after birth. His final eye color may not be evident for years.

Your Pregnancy at 34 Weeks

Is it show time? With only a few weeks to go, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs of labor. The most common symptoms are regular contractions that occur at increasingly short intervals, lower-back pain accompanied by menstrual-like cramps, a broken bag of waters (rupturing of the amniotic sac), and a blood-tinged mucous discharge, which may indicate that your cervix has started dilating. You may have signs of labor days or even weeks before you actually give birth. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Finalizing your birth plan. You've probably discussed your wishes with your healthcare provider, your partner, and family members you'd like present at the birth. Now is a great time to review your preferences again with your doctor or midwife to make sure you're both still on the same page.

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