34 Weeks Pregnant

22 Dec
Michael was in a playful mood when he took my belly shots this week, so I’ve included some of the silly ones, too.
 
"Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is probably almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which she’ll need to regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her central nervous system is still maturing and her lungs are well developed by now. If you’ve been nervous about going into preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that 99 percent of babies this age can survive outside the womb — and most have no major long-term problems related to prematurity."
 
"Maternal calcium intake is extremely important during pregnancy because during the pregnancy, the baby will draw calcium from the mother to make and harden bone. If a pregnant woman doesn’t get enough calcium during pregnancy, it can greatly weaken her own bones and teeth because the developing fetus will take minerals from the mother’s skeletal structure as needed.

Meanwhile, your baby’s adrenal glands have grown and are producing hormones that stimulate lactation. The vernix coating on the baby’s skin is becoming thicker, whereas lanugo hair is almost completely gone.

Babies born at 34 weeks usually have fairly well-developed lungs, and their average size of 5 pounds (2250 grams) and 12.6 inches (32 centimeters) allows them to survive outside the womb without extensive medical intervention, although oxygen might be needed for a few days."

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