34 Weeks pregnant.

Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare. I had a consultation appointment at the hospital, which I was expecting to find out when I am having baby. However, there wasn’t really any need for this appointment since I will be seeing the same consultant at my diabetes consultation appointment tomorrow, so I had a wasted trip over to the hospital. It actually took longer to get there.

So fingers crossed I find out when I will have baby tomorrow!

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs more than 2.2kg and is 45cm from top to toe. He’s filling out and getting rounder ~ he’ll need his fat layers later to regulate his body temperature once he’s born.

If you don’t already talk or read to your baby, this is a good time to start. Don’t feel ridiculous if you naturally chat to him in a different tone of voice. Some evidence shows that newborns pay closer attention to high-pitched tones.

If you’ve been nervous about going into premature labour, you’ll be happy to know that 99 per cent of babies born at 34 weeks can survive outside the uterus (womb) ~ and most have no major problems. Although your baby’s central nervous system is still maturing, his lungs are nearly fully developed by now.

Many women start to notice a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvic region or pain as they walk. This may be caused by the pelvic joints loosening, ready for labour. If you’re in pain or hips are sore, mention it to your midwife or doctor.

Indigestion may be making a come-back now your baby’s pushing up against your tummy. Keep eating small meals, and try not to lie down straight after a meal. A nice nap after dinner may sound like a good idea, but lying down too soon after eating can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

The big day could be only a month away. If you’re having your baby in hospital, try contacting the maternity unit to see if you can visit beforehand. If it’s not possible, find out if your hospital offers an online tour.

Ask your midwife if you want to know about how your baby will be monitored in labour. And ask her what the hospital’s policy on eating and drinking during labour is.

You should have an appointment with your midwife this week, so it’s worth making a list of any questions you may have about your birth choices. 

Information and picture from babycentre.

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