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34 Weeks Pregnant ?The Countdown is On

Aug 21, 2008
Now that you are 34 weeks pregnant you have a little over a month until the baby arrives. No doubt you are making lists of things you still need to buy and you probably have the nursery complete. You could have the baby at any time after the next few weeks, but there is nothing to worry about. Babies born after 36 weeks are considered full term and do not have any health problems. The lungs are fully developed by this time and the baby will not have any problem breathing on its own.

During this time, you may start to feel tingling sensations in your pelvic area. This is from the pressure of the baby on the pelvis as it starts to move into the birthing position. The head is down at this time and you may have feelings of pressure in the lower region of your stomach. You should be familiar with the admission procedures at the hospital and perhaps arrange a tour to see what to expect when you are admitted. It is time to have your suitcase packed to bring with you to the hospital. Even though the event may be weeks away, it is best to be prepared so that you don forget any essential items that you will need. This is true if you notice that the baby has dropped, which means that your belly is lower than it once was. You probably won notice the dropping, but some mothers do feel a sinking sensation in their stomach when the uterus does drop. You will find, though, that with the baby resting lower, you can breathe much easier.

Turning over when you are in bed may be very difficult because your belly is large at this point in your pregnancy. One solution is to wear satin pyjamas or nightgowns in bed so that you can easily slide from one position to another. Restless leg syndrome is another aspect of discomfort that expectant mothers encounter at this stage when they are trying to sleep. This is the sensation of a tingly or crawling feeling in your legs that gives you the feeling that you have to keep moving your legs in order to get comfortable. It could be caused by dehydration, which is why it is important for you to maintain the fluid levels in your body by drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

At this stage, the baby weighs about 5 pounds and is about 18 inches long. Many mothers start talking to their babies at this time, if they haven done so before. It is something that you should do so that the baby will get used to the sound of your voice. Reading stories to the baby is encouraged as is playing music to calm and relax the baby. The music will also help to calm you as well. Another way you can relax at this time is to have a perineal massage, which is a massage of the vaginal area that helps to prepare your body for labour and birth.
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