Pregnancy Week 34

It is now 33 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 31 weeks gestation and is almost 11 1/2 inches long from crown to rump (16 inches from head to toe) and weighs about 4 pounds 5 ounces.

Your baby’s eyes are developed and the pupil will now constrict if light is shined in their eye. When your baby is most active (many are most active right when you want to sleep!), you should be able to feel about 10 movements in one hour. If not, drink a glass of juice or milk and count for one more hour. Call your doctor if your baby hasn’t moved 10 times in 2 hours.

The vernix on the baby’s skin is thick and the lanugo is almost completely gone. Your baby’s rate of growth will slow down some but still be steady as he or she continues to put on weight and fill out.

Advice for Mom

Although an increase in vaginal discharge is common now, be cautious that it is not leaking of amniotic fluid. Your Doctor can do a simple test to be sure.

Braxton-Hicks contractions will likely continue to occur but without regularity or pain. If you experience pain, contact your doctor.

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