34 weeks pregnant
Fatigue is a common complaint of late pregnancy. Difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, weight gain, and anxiety about labor, delivery, and taking care of a newborn may contribute to your exhaustion. Rest as much as you can and take naps if possible. Don't rely on caffeine to perk you up, though, because too much caffeine can negatively affect your baby.
Your baby's head may be moving into your pelvis at this stage, you may feel this as pressure on your pelvic joints. You may find that you need to pass urine more often as baby's head is pressing firmly on your bladder, but on the plus side, you may experience some relief from breathlessness and heartburn as baby drops lower, relieving pressure on your digestive system and lungs.
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 foetus will take minerals from the mother's skeletal structure as needed. Your baby's bones will be becoming harder but his / her scalp will still be relatively soft for ease of passage through the birth canal. During the birth process the two plates in the head will cross over to allow the head to pass through the birth canal, and the soft spot that remains once these plates return to their normal position, known as a fontanelle, will take several months to close over.
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 2.3kg and 38-44 centimeters, allows them to survive outside the womb without extensive medical intervention, although they sometimes need help with breathing, and almost always need help with feeding as the sucking reflux which enables baby to feed doesn't develop until closer to 38 weeks.
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