Pregnancy week 34

Baby is continuing to get bigger and should be around 4lb 7oz (2kg) and a length of 42.5cm. The hormones from the placenta are starting to activate the milk in your breasts.

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.

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.

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.

Start thinking about nappies. Will you use disposables? If so, which make and brand? Or will you go with reusable nappies?

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