Help your baby develop in the thirty-fourth week of your pregnancy
Your baby has grown tiny fingernails by week 34. Build up your baby’s body by continuing to eat adequate protein daily during this pregnancy stage.
What’s happening this week?
Your little one’s fingernails have grown so much that they almost reach the tip of the fingersi. The fuzzy hair or lanugo that covered the body is now gone; and his or her skin is covered with a thick, waxy substance called vernixi. This will protect your baby from any chafing in the womb.
Baby’s brain continues to make new and complex connections. Since your little one is working so hard, he or she is also spending a lot of time snoozing.
This week, your baby weighs about 4.75 pounds (2.15 kilograms) and measures about 17.75 inches (45 centimeters) from head to toeii.
What can you expect?
You may not feel your baby move as much as before, but this is because he or she has now filled out your womb and just doesn’t have space for those acrobatics anymoreiii. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about your baby in any way.
Your ankles, feet, and hands may start swelling in this last trimester due to fluid retention, which is due to blood flow in the lower part of the body being partially blocked as your growing uterus pushes on the pelvic veinsii. Use these tips to manage swelling for a comfortable pregnancy:
- Talk to your doctor if there is sudden swelling in your face, hands, and around your eyes. These could be signs of something more serious.
- Get off your feet. Do no not stand for long periods of time. Try to elevate your feet whenever you can, and try not to cross your legs when you sit.
What can you do to support your pregnancy?
You have to be careful about your sodium intake—too much of it may cause you to retain water: it can contribute to swelling and bloating. Potassium-rich foods like raisins and bananas will help you tackle fluid retention.
To support your baby’s brain development, continue to eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in DHA and other essential nutrients like iron, zinc, copper, choline and folateiv. Every little bit helps when it comes to supporting your child’s IQ and EQ development (which both stem from the brain), to help prepare your child to become future-ready.
Mums-to-be, keep in mind that switching your body position can coax your growing baby out of any awkward poses that are giving you discomfort. A gentle massage over the aching area also helps – ask your partner or a close family member to give you one.
Massaging your baby while he or she is still in the womb also introduces him or her to human touch and to the world outside the womb. At the same time, you are encouraging your baby to respond to your loving touch, which helps to nurture his or her emotional development.