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Babies born at week 34 in the absence of other health issues have great chances of survival and growth outside the Uterus (womb).

Your layers of fat will help your baby to regulate her body temperature once he/she is born, although the baby will still need you to make sure he/she does not get too hot or cold.

At this stage of your pregnancy, your baby is already familiar with your voice and now he/she is most likely to recognise lullabies and songs when he/she hears them. This is due to the fact that part of the ear that sends messages to the brain (cochlea) is becoming more mature.

Do you really want to have that bond with your child? Research reveals that if you sing to your baby before she is born, then she is more likely to be soothed by the same song after birth. This is a great way to bond with your baby too.

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long.

Her fat layers – which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born – are filling her out, making her rounder.

The skin is also smoother than ever. The baby's 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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