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Week 34


Pregnancy week by week


At 34 weeks, your baby is about the size of a cantaloupe

What happens when you are 34 weeks pregnant?

Your Baby

Baby's brain and nervous system are now fully developed. Her bones are also starting to harden, even though her skull bones will stay soft and separated to make the journey through the birth canal easier. Baby boys' testicles are now beginning to descend from the abdomen into the scrotum.

Mum and Dad

First-time mums may notice that they are getting more uncomfortable and heavy this week and your belly may have changed shape. This could be because baby's head has moved into your pelvis and is pressing against your cervix. You might want to make sure you're prepared for a stay in hospital by getting a checklist together of all the things you and the baby will need while you're there. Dads or partners could even practise the route to the hospital by taking a dummy run.

Stay Healthy

It's not unusual for mums to get swollen ankles and hands around now. This is called oedema and is caused by water retention. Surprisingly, the best way to beat this is to drink plenty of water. Any sudden swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands should be reported to your midwife or doctor immediately, as it can be a sign of pre-eclampsia.