Hey, watch your words! Your baby could be listening to your conversations. Actually, your baby might enjoy a lullaby – go ahead and recite a stanza. There is some consensus among experts that, after delivery, your little cutie could recognize some of the songs you sang to him before birth. Here is a recap of other changes in your body and baby’s development.
Your Baby at 34 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is racing against time to put weight and attain the recommended birth weight. At 34 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown in leaps and bounds to reach about 17.7 inches in length and weigh 4.7 pounds. This fast growth means there is less room in your womb. This is why the fetal movements might now feel a little different – they are less forceful but you can easily get the stretches and wiggles.
By now, much of your baby’s lanugo, the light hair that covered the body, is ebbing out. But you might still notice some at birth. However, no need to worry because it will disappear weeks after delivery. If your baby is a boy, the testicles are also descending into the scrotum.
And, another impressive thing is that your baby’s eyes are well developed such that pupils can respond to light. When light is shone into your belly, the pupils respond by dilating and constricting. Besides, your baby’s lungs are also well-formed. Remember that they started practicing breathing using amniotic fluid a couple of weeks ago. They are now almost ready for actual breathing outside the womb.
At 34 week pregnant, your baby is adding weight fast. Fat is being deposited under the skin to give your little cutie a smooth and beautiful appearance. The fat is also very important in helping your baby regulate his body temperature.
If you are pregnant with twins, they are likely to be hitting one foot long at 34 weeks pregnant. Besides, your due date could be hit any week from now. Therefore, better be ready for the bundles of joy if pregnant with twins! Are you?
Your Body at 34 Weeks Pregnant
Welcome the 34 week of pregnancy with a smile – it’s time to breathe easy! That is right. You will notice that your pregnancy belly has started moving downwards (away from the diaphragm). Therefore, you will find breathing easy. This is because your baby is descending into the pelvis as he readies for delivery. This process is referred to as lightening.
As your baby moves down, he will also shift from breech position (head up) to birth position (head down). Your baby is expected to be in this position until the due date.
Around this time, your amniotic fluid is at its maximum. As such, it might feel like your baby belly is not getting any bigger in the coming weeks. As the baby grows, the amniotic fluid will decrease to give room.
At 34 weeks pregnant, you will need to start watching for signs of pre-term labor. Pre-term labor and preterm deliveries are a serious concern because if your baby is born before the due date, he might not be fully developed. Therefore, what are the signs of preterm labor that you should look out for?
- Increased vaginal discharge.
- Mild to severe abdominal cramps. They may be experienced with or with no diarrhea.
- Blood or mucus in your vaginal discharge.
- Constant backache.
- Regular contractions.
- Water breaking, either in a slow stream or in large flow.
NOTE: If you notice these signs, you MUST visit your doctor immediately. If you are pregnant with twins, there are 50% chances that delivery could be any day from now.
34 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
At 34 weeks pregnant, your pregnancy is in the eighth month. Only one month to go! The end is now clear and, though you might be feeling more tired; your reward is only a stone throw away. Therefore, cheer up!
34 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
At 34 weeks pregnant, you are likely to have a prenatal checkup with your obstetrician (OB). If the baby is developing on well, you are not likely to have an ultrasound scan. However, if your doctor recommends one, you will get a Biophysical Profile (BPP) – a combination of an ultrasound scan and non-stress test. The purpose of BPP is to assess the baby’s heart rate and confirm that he is reacting well to stress.
Up to now, you have been visiting the OB every two weeks. But this will change from week 36 when you will be required to make weekly visits.
34 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Are you feeling chubby? It is not unexpected at 34 weeks pregnant. As your baby and body add more weight, the center of gravity shifts forward and make walking a nightmare. Well, get ready because you will get heavier and everything could get a lot worse in the coming weeks. Here are other symptoms you should expect this week.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Around this time, your body is using practice contractions to prepare for delivery. As the due date edges closer, the contractions are likely to get stronger. However, it is prudent to differentiate between practice labor and true actual labor. Practice labor contractions are irregular, short, and less frequent. However, actual labor contractions are frequent, take longer, and occur at regular intervals.
This symptom is caused by a number of factors such as the buildup of fluids, hormonal changes, and lack of sleep. Though it is a temporary problem for most pregnant moms, you need to seek the help of your OB if it is accompanied by rapid weight gain and headache. It might be an indication of preeclampsia.
If you find it painful to use the restroom, the chances are that you have hemorrhoids. They are caused by excess pressure on the rectum and increased blood supply around the pelvic region. Make sure to take ample water, and use kegel exercises.
This problem results from the forward shifting center of gravity that exerts extra pressure on the lower back. To address it, you should make sure to do mild exercises, take ample time relaxing, and use the right posture. Your best posture should mimic the outlook you get when standing against a wall. Well, it might look hard to practice but you will enjoy the resultant relieve.
At 34 weeks pregnant, everything appears to be working towards denying you sleep. These include baby kicks, swollen legs, frequent urination and worry about delivery. To get some sleep, it is advisable to entice yourself with a warm shower and take a nap whenever possible, even if it is during the day.
Things to do at 34 Weeks Pregnant
At 34 weeks pregnant, the due date is getting closer rather fast. Therefore, it is time to complete the remaining preparations for labor and delivery. What should you do this week?
- If you had not visited your preferred hospital or center for delivery, this will be a good week to familiarize yourself with it. Take this time to gather more info from your doctor about the delivery process. Consider preparing a list of concerns that might be disturbing you and go over them with your doctor.
- If you are considering a home delivery, ensure to speak with your midwife about the things that will be required. Besides, you should have a clear plan that should be used to promptly get you into a hospital in case a complication develops. Births can indeed be unpredictable. Therefore, have a plan for every scenario.
- Schedule to have a Group B Streptococcus (GBS) screening test. GBS is found in the rectum or vagina and can be passed to the baby during delivery. If you are diagnosed with GBS, your doctor will prescribe the right antibiotics during labor and delivery.
- Are you feeling energetic? If the answer is “yes” this is time to give your baby’s nursery the final touches. Go shopping for some pictures and toys that you think will impress your baby after delivery.
- If you had not held your baby shower, this is a great time to hold it. You can opt to hold it at home or a preferred destination.
34 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Schedule your prenatal checkup for week 34.
- If you are suffering from depression, make sure to take some antidepressants.
- Do some mild exercises.
- Check your hospital bag to ensure everything is ready.
- Talk to your baby.
- Confirm the emergency lines are working.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 34 Weeks Pregnant
- What is life birth? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
- Now that I only have one month to go, what is the right diet?
- What exercises should I use in the last weeks of pregnancy? What about after delivery?
As the due date nears, your anxiety levels might peak. Of course, you hope for a safe delivery but as it is common with humans, we tend to worry about a few things. Yes, being a little anxious is okay. However, don’t let this dampen your moods. Have a positive attitude, prepare earnestly, and put in place measures to ensure that the arrival of your bundle of joy goes on smoothly. The end of your pregnancy journey is in sight! Don’t ruin by unnecessary worry!
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