Your Baby’s Development:
At the 34th week, your baby may continue to attempt to settle his or her head into the birth canal if it isn’t there already. He or she is approximately the size of a small melon now, and if it is a boy, his testicles will descend. Your baby’s brain continues to develop, forming trillions of connections for him or her to begin to learn while inside the womb. He or she weighs upwards of five pounds and his or her nails on both fingers and toes have fully developed. In fact, your baby may need a birthday manicure!
What You Should Expect:
As baby drops lower into your abdomen, he or she puts pressure on your bladder. Because of this, you may need to relieve yourself more often than ever from now until he or she comes into the world. You may also find that your eyesight also feels off this week. This is due to pregnancy hormones and an increase in the amount of fluid behind the lenses in your eyes. This fluid may stretch and distort the lenses, causing blurry vision. Don’t worry, this is only temporary and your vision will return to normal shortly after delivery.
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In the past, the common practice was to pass Dad the surgical scissors and have him perform a quick snip just before the newborn babe was whisked away to be cleaned, measured and dosed with vitamin K. Any delay in cord cutting was viewed as unnecessary in promoting general health for the baby or mother. However, recent research suggests that a delay of even three minutes can have a significant positive impact on infants.