The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy: Weeks 34-40

Week 34: Your child birth classes will now start focusing on the labor and delivery process and will be coaching you on the breathing patterns and positions to be employed during labor and delivery. The baby's skin is now pinker and it turns towards light.


Week 35: You might start developing backache as your muscles and ligaments start relaxing in preparation for labor. The baby now is about 44 cms long and weighs nearly 2500 gms.



Week 36: Now your caregiver will want to see you every week till delivery. Around this time you can expect your baby's head to engage in the pelvic cavity. It means that the head gets firmly fixed and it is now difficult for the baby to change position. You will feel your abdomen sink lower which will reduce the pressure in your upper abdomen making your breathing easier and cause the return of your appetite. However the pressure in the lower abdomen will cause extreme pressure in the pelvic area and urging you to urinate more frequently. The baby is almost fully ready now and is about 49cms in length.


Week 37: Try to plan a hospital tour or visit to familiarize yourself with the labor room and the delivery areas. The baby may start getting hiccups which will cause rhythmic tapping movements in your abdomen. This is the baby practising breathing movements although the lungs are completely closed.


Week 38: The baby moves much less now and instead of full-fledged kicks or, body movements, you only feel jabs and prodding movements. The baby's head moving inside the vagina causes eerie sensations in the vaginal area which you may have never experienced before. The baby is now growing rapidly and can put on as much as 25 gms per day.


Week 39: Your body is starting to prepare for labor. The cervix starts to soften in preparation for birth and the number and intensity of Braxton hicks contractions increases. The level of amniotic fluid reduces.


Week 40: As your due date approaches, you will feel anticipation along with fear of the unknown and never-experienced-before. Soon labor will start and your baby will be a tangible part of this universe and your life.


To know about the development at the other stages of pregnancy, read here on: Weeks 3 - 7Weeks 8 - 12Weeks 13 -18Weeks 19 - 23Weeks 24 - 28Weeks 29 - 33


Also read: Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy!!!!!

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Comments (14)

Happy n felt excited while reading

Congratulations for your second innings Swetha! All the best for a smooth and safe childbirth ahead...Stay tuned for timely inputs :-)

Awesome. Wish you all the best.

vry scared as my due date is near n my baby is in breech position still now

@Ayesha... nature has its way of doing what is right for you and the baby... don't worry all be fine.

my due date is 17 feb and on 20 January my 9th mnth will start so confused

firdous zaki : don't worry!! Rhituparna Mitra can you help sort the week confusion?

firdous zaki Did you get your due date from the ultrasound scans? If not, ask your gynaecologist. But don't worry much about it - it is not an exact date. The doctor will monitor you frequently in the 9th month and will tell you when you can expect labor.

it's very useful information...

I wish I knew this before

Its my 34 wk but feeling symptoms of wk 38-39 should i inform my doctor?

Nilofer shaikh Parul Johari

Helpful thanks Vidya Rathod for the tag

This is just in time

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