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Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

Your developing baby

Babies borrow their mum’s immunity, through the placenta, for a whole range of diseases until they can develop their own immunity. In week 34, your baby is starting to develop their own immune system to fight off germs.

They will also be moving as you move. They can move to the left and the right if you are lying down and if you are leaning back they may move to become back-to-back.

Week 34

How are you feeling?

At 34 weeks pregnant, you can experience different symptoms because of your baby’s movements. Sleep can be difficult and uncomfortable, especially if it’s combined with back ache and leg cramps. 

You do need your rest so make sure you’re as comfortable as possible by using pillows to support your bump and between your knees. Try getting your partner to give you a massage or take a warm bath (not too hot) to soothe the discomfort and relax you.

Getting into position

Some people believe there are things you can do to get your baby to turn over in the womb, ensuring that they are in the best position for birth. There is no evidence on whether any of these work but suggestions include getting onto all fours or sitting on a birthing ball. If you sit a lot at work, take regular breaks to stand up and move around. And if necessary, sit on a couple of cushions to keep your hips raised up above your knees. You can even try sitting the wrong way round on an upright chair and lean over the back.


Have you started maternity leave?

Prepare by reading our returning to work guidelines.

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.

We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.


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