Week 34 Developments

The weekly update that I receive in my email says for the thirty fourth week:

My favorite part was of course the part about the lung development being close to ready for real life! I feel now I can safely start on the heavy house cleaning that I want to get out of the way before Koen’s here.

Our little boy already has all of his infant clothing unpacked…all we lack in newborn diapers and carseat installment. Darren hates carseats and so far doesn’t install them until the moment that the nurse tells him that he has to take us home! I feel fully ready to have this baby, at the same time though I want him to stay in there just as long as he’s meant to be there..well, up to ten days over due, any more than that would be too much for me.

Praying for continued blessing in this pregnancy–all I want is a healthy baby. :) 


 Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which she’ll need to regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder.

Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.

If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine.

They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.



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