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Week 34

Your Baby's Development

Maternal calcium intake is very important during pregnancy. A developing baby draws calcium from the mother to make and harden bone. Because your growing baby's calcium demands are high, be sure you're getting enough of this mineral to prevent a loss of calcium from your own bones. Your prenatal vitamin has some extra calcium, but be sure to also eat calcium-rich foods like milk and other dairy products, tofu, broccoli, and calcium-fortified juices and foods.

Watch Your Baby Grow

By now most babies will be in position for delivery. Your health care provider can tell you if your baby is positioned head- or bottom-first. Babies born at 34 weeks usually have fairly well-developed lungs, and their average size of 5 pounds (2,250 grams) and 12.6 inches (32 cm) from crown to rump allows them to survive outside the womb without extensive medical intervention.

Your Body

Watch your belly grow!Being tired is a common complaint of late pregnancy. Difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, weight gain, and anxiety about labor, delivery, and taking care of a newborn may contribute to your exhaustion. Rest as much as you can and take naps if possible.

PREGNANCY CALENDAR: A week-by-week guide