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
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.
Being tired is a common complaint of late pregnancy. Difficulty
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
- Trimester 1
- Trimester 2
- Trimester 3