Thursday, December 9, 2010
Week 34 - Weight of a Cantaloupe
Baby M now weighs about 4 3/4 - 5 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18-20 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. The vernix (the white coating protecting your baby’s skin) is getting thicker. In other baby-related developments, those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now — and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure. 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.