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Fetal development - week 34

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Posted: 19 May 2005
by ThinkBaby

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Your baby is about 47 centimetres long and weighs 4.5lbs, over 2 kilos. It’s around this time that she will turn to face downwards. The new position will put more strain on your bladder, and so stress incontinence, leakage of urine when you cough or laugh or otherwise give your body a jolt, is more likely.

She's very well developed now, but each week longer she stays in the womb her lungs develop more and she gathers more fat deposits ready for life outside the womb.

What's happening with Mum?
As you get closer to the end of your pregnancy you may be worried about premature labour and your waters breaking. It’s quite unlikely that your waters will break before labour itself begins, but it might, so it makes sense to check leakage and if it doesn’t smell like urine then call your doctor who can test to see whether it’s amniotic fluid.

The bigger and more achy you get the less you’ll probably feel like exercising, but gentle exercise can really help relieve aches and pains, so even if you just pop out for a walk in your lunchtime it’ll do you good.

You're probably used to occasional swelling by now, but if you experience a sudden increase in swelling, prolonged swelling or swelling on your face and hands, have a bad headache, nausea, vomiting or a rise in blood pressure then contact your doctor right away to check for pre-eclampsia.

If you haven’t already then now is a good time to think about what you’ll need to take to hospital with you, or to double check you have everything you need at home if you’re having a homebirth.

NB: All pregnancies are different and fetal growth rates vary, this is meant only as an approximate guide to development. If you have any concerns about your developing pregnancy then speak to your doctor.

Pregnancy experiences

Advice for cloth bums - Im expecting my first baby in December,and am keen to use cotton nappies rather than disposables, but I dont know where to start! Can anyone give advice? - which ones are best? where do you get them? what should I look out for when buying?! Charlotte asks on the forum.

If you've got advice, questions or experiences of your own to add then why not share them with other ThinkBaby members in the pregnancy or birth folders?

The nesting instinct kicks in - I feel I have definitely entered that infamous &lquot;nesting’ period. All I want to do is clean manically and tidy up. My partner finds me cleaning out the kitchen cupboards at two in the morning and clucks me into bed. The next day he finds me dipping into a paint pot at midnight Lucy tells us in her online diary for this month.

There are pleny of other experiences to read up on in the pregnancy blogs, and of course it's still not too late to start your own blog.

Preparing for birth

Hospital checklist- If you're going to the hospital you'll need to take a long a well-packed bag.

Buying a car seat - It's an essential item that you won't be able to leave the hospital without if you're travelling by car but they're also rather expensive, so know what to look for before you invest in a car seat.

Perineal massage - Have you started perineal massage yet? If not it's not too late to give your perineum some hands-on preparation for the necessary stretching during birth.

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