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The fundus, or top of the uterusYour baby's gut would be able to process foodAt 34 weeks the average crown to heel length is 16.7 inThe position of the baby is unlikely to changeThe amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby

If your baby was born this week, she'd still need some help with breathing and feeding. But it's reassuring to know that basically she's in pretty good shape for survival. However, you are unlikely to go into labor this early. Now is your chance to start practicing the relaxation and pain-relieving exercises that you've been learning at your prenatal classes. The more familiar you are with the techniques, the more they will help you during labor.

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