At 34 weeks your baby is almost 18 inches from head to toe, and weighs about 4 3/4 pounds(about the size of a cantaloupe).
Your baby's skin is now smoother than ever. It's central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. Your baby's eyes might end up being brown, green, or hazel, but right now they are probably blue. If your baby is a boy, then this week the testicles are making their way down from the abdomen to the scrotum. (Some baby boys — 3 to 4 percent — are born with undescended testicles, but they usually make the trip down sometime before the first birthday.) Those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of its fingers by now — and are getting ready for that first postpartum manicure. The protective vernix caseosa (that cheese-like, white, waxy coating that's keeping her skin safe) begins to thicken, ensuring that her birthday suit stays smooth and well-moisturized during birth. Your baby will likely arrive covered in the stuff, especially in the folds under her arms, behind her ears, and in the crotch area. But a lot of it will be wiped off very shortly after birth. Don't be so quick to wipe the goopy gunk off your newborn's skin. Research shows that removing vernix is not necessary for hygienic reasons, and leaving it may even provide antibacterial promotion and wound healing. The World Health Organization advises delaying baby's first bath for at least 24 hours.
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. This information is to give you a general idea of your baby's size.
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