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34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

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.

Check those moves! There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you should get to know. From 16 - 24 weeks on you should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks then stay roughly the same until you give birth. If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately (it is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week). Do not put off calling until the next day to see what happens.

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.

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34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

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.

Finalising 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.

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Familiarize yourself with the signs of labor

Review your birth plan with your doctor and/or midwife

Take a class in infant CPR, breastfeeding, or baby care

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34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

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Familiarize yourself with the signs of labor

Review your birth plan with your doctor and/or midwife

Take a class in infant CPR, breastfeeding, or baby care

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