Pregnancy Week 34

BirthWatch ticker week for 34

"90% of babies born this week will survive. The healthiest babies are born between 39 and 41 completed weeks of pregnancy."

More About Week 34:

  • Maternal antibodies are crossing the placenta now and the baby is developing immunities to mild infections.
  • Babies yawn and dream in utero. REM (dream) sleep is important for helping develop neural connections in baby's brain.
  • Your baby's eventual birth weight depends almost solely on the mother's genes. Father's size has almost nothing to do baby's birth size, even though his genes will contribute a great deal to baby's eventual adult size.
  • In developed countries, babies average 7 1/2 pounds at birth.
  • Babies stick out their tongues in utero to taste amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid changes flavor about every 3 hours and takes on the flavors of mother's last meal.
  • Your baby may weigh about 5.25 pounds now.

Healthy Pregnancy Tips for Week 34

Recommended Reading:

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child

This is a great, if somewhat factual and dryly written, basic guide for parents who want a comprehensive, "it has everything" guide to baby care. If Sears' "Baby Book" is to0 lefty for you, you'll like this guide.

See More Recommendations For the Third Trimester from BirthWatch