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Week 34: Your baby is still growing and is getting ready for birth
Between the 34th and 37th weeks of pregnancy, your baby continues to refine his systems and put on significant weight.
Your Week 34 nutrition and health
Fill up on fluids during your 34th week of pregnancy
Water is one of the most important nutrients in your diet when you are pregnant. It constitutes half of your body weight, which adds up to about 10 to 12 gallons. You need water to digest and absorb other nutrients, remove waste products from the body, regulate body temperature, and perform the millions of metabolic processes essential to life.
You lose about 2 to 3 quarts of water every day when you sweat, go to the bathroom, and even breathe. Drinking water is more important than ever as dehydration can lead to false contractions, also known as Braxton-Hicks contractions. In addition to preventing contractions, water:
Make sure you are getting 10 glasses (about 8 ounces, each) of water a day. Drink more if you are exercising. Here’s a tip: You can count other fluids, such as 100% fruit juices, vegetable juices, soup, and milk, but you still want to try to keep regular water as your primary source of fluid.
The facts about lightening
Lightening is defined as when your baby drops or settles into your pelvis in preparation for birth. This can occur as early as this week.
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