Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 34 weeks pregnant
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- Am I pregnant?
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- Preparing for the birth
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Labour and birth
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- Weaning and solid foods
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- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
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- Treating a high temperature
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Your baby at 34 weeks
Your baby's bones are continuing to harden, apart from the skull bones. These will stay soft and separated until after the birth to make the journey through the birth canal easier.
The bones can move gently and slide over each other so the head can be born safely while still protecting the brain.
You at 34 weeks
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some women in pregnancy, usually after 20 weeks, and it can be serious.
The blood pressure and urine checks you're offered at your midwife appointments check for the early signs.
Know the others signs of pre-eclampsia to look out for, including a bad headache, swelling and vision problems.
Gas and air (Entonox) is a form of pain relief you can be offered in labour, including at a home birth.
Things to think about
- what bedding to buy for your baby
- what to pack in your hospital bag
- noting your preferences for labour and birth in your birth plan
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022