You may be feeling increased pelvic pressure around 34 weeks pregnant, and your baby’s tiny nails have developed.
At 34 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is 17.7 inches long and weighs 4.7 pounds. That’s roughly the size of a Tickle Me Elmo toy.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 34 weeks pregnant:
- Ultrasound at 34 Weeks for Your Baby and Your Body
- Bumps at 34 Weeks Pregnant in Your Life
Your Baby’s Growth at 34 Weeks
As your baby’s brain and lungs age, significant changes are taking place in many of its important organs. Their toes are also growing longer. Find out what’s going on with your baby at 34 weeks.
- Nervous system: Your baby’s central nervous system should be fully matured by this week. As the originally smooth organ gets progressively wrinkly—that is, smarter!—brain capacity continues to rise.
- Breathing fluid: The respiratory system is still developing in the baby. Your baby’s lungs continue to develop and mature, and he or she is practicing their first breath by breathing amniotic fluid.
- Vernix caseosa, the cheesy substance that maintains the baby’s skin smooth and flexible, has thickened. It may sound disgusting, but it is done to keep their skin hydrated after delivery. After the baby is born, you may find some of it in their skin folds.
- Fingernails and toes: Your baby’s little nails have also developed. Pro tip: Because babies’ nails develop rapidly and they can’t control their hands, they frequently scratch themselves. Avoid this by including bodysuits with attached fold-over mitts, as well as baby clippers or nail scissors, on your wishlist.
- Fetal sleep: Right now, your baby sleeps in cycles. They’re in deep sleep some of the time and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep the rest of the time, which means they’re dreaming! There’s also an uncertain period of sleep, which is so strange since the fetal brain is still immature and not like that of a full-fledged baby.
During the remainder of your pregnancy, your baby will sleep in utero for around 85 to 90 percent of the day. That’s roughly how long they’ll sleep after you give birth.
Ultrasound at 34 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: 34 Weeks Pregnant Signs and Symptoms
As your and your baby’s due date approaches, you may experience Braxton Hicks contractions as well as pelvic pressure. At 34 weeks, here’s what to anticipate.
- Can’t see clearly because of blurred vision? Pregnancy hormones and extra fluid can influence tear production and the curvature of your cornea, causing hazy vision in pregnant women. Eyesight alterations normally go away after labor, but if your vision is significantly clouded and interfering with your everyday activities, or if it is accompanied by other strange symptoms, consult your doctor right once.
- Fatigue: The weariness of the first trimester may return in the third trimester, in part because you’re not sleeping well—whether you’re waking up frequently to urinate or are generally uncomfortable—or because you’re hauling about 20 or 30 pounds on a daily basis. If you’re able, undertake some moderate exercise to keep your energy up (but don’t overdo it), and try to get as much rest as you need.
- Swollen ankles and feet: Your joints and tissues are relaxing in preparation for childbirth, so your body needs to retain more fluid. And all that fluid can lead to swelling, commonly known as edema. This little swelling is normally not the reason for concern—simply it’s another pregnant inconvenience. Sit down and put your feet up to prevent or alleviate it, eat bananas or other potassium-rich foods, drink plenty of water, and limit your salt consumption. However, if you notice abrupt swelling, especially in your hands and face, call your doctor right away since this is a symptom of preeclampsia, a serious illness that can harm both you and your baby.
- Pelvic pressure: As your baby grows in size, you may feel downward pressure on your pelvic floor. This might be due to the weight of the baby, or it could be a sign that they’ve “dropped” deeper into your abdomen. It might also be a symptom of labor if it is unusually intense or abrupt. Call your healthcare practitioner if you begin to experience contractions as well as pressure.
- Hemorrhoids: The increased downward pressure on your rectum can potentially create hemorrhoids. (Joy.) Over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatments and witch hazel pads are generally regarded safe to use and can help relieve pain. To help avoid constipation, drink plenty of fluids and eat fiber-rich meals.
34 Weeks of Your Life Pregnant
Is your third trimester flying or crawling? Take it one week at a time, in either case. You’re almost there.
- Top tip: A helpful reminder that writing thank you cards for baby shower presents isn’t going to be attractive when you have a cute, demanding infant to care to. Finish this and exhale a sigh of relief.
- Thinking ahead: You know how they say “nap when the baby sleeps”? It’s essentially fiction because most newborns sleep in brief bursts. We hope you get a unicorn baby that sleeps through the night by day two, but just in case, read up on infant sleep literature before your little one comes. Popular books and DVDs, such as Precious Little Sleep, The Happiest Infant on the Block, and The Sleepeasy Solution, will teach you about baby sleep patterns and how to get more ZZZs.
- Must-have item: Try compression socks to minimize swelling if your feet and ankles seem two sizes too big by the end of the day. The multicolored alternatives from VIM and VIGR are particularly appealing, although simple black would suffice if that’s more your taste.
- Try these recipes: High-fiber meals, such as beans, vegetables, and grains, can help with constipation and keep you satisfied. Do you need some motivation? This Chia Breakfast Bowl is fully customizable, and the California Veggie Sandwich is layer upon layers of fiber in one delicious mouthful.
Your Belly at 34 Weeks Pregnant
Weight growth of roughly a pound per week is still recommended at 34 weeks pregnant. If your physical activity has slowed, you may notice that you have gained a little more weight than planned. It’s not cause to panic, but keep an eye on it since the more weight you have to bear over the next month or two, the more uncomfortable you may be. Of course, any sudden or unexpected weight increase should be reported to your doctor, since this might be an indication of preeclampsia.
Your amniotic fluid levels will peak in the coming weeks. This means that, even if your kid is still developing (he’s about 18 inches long now), your pregnant tummy may not appear to grow any larger.
At your 34-week checkup, the doctor will most likely measure your fundal height, which is an approximate technique of tracking baby’s size and amniotic fluid level. This week’s temperature is expected to range between 32 and 36 degrees Celsius.
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