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34 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

34 Weeks Pregnant

34 Weeks Pregnant
34 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 17.7 inches long and weighs 4.7 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a Tickle Me Elmo.

Your Baby at 34 Weeks

  • Nervous system: By this week, your baby’s central nervous system is developed. Brain power continues to increase as the formerly smooth organ becomes increasingly more wrinkly, a.k.a. smarter!
  • Breathing fluid: Baby’s development is still happening in the respiratory system. The lungs continue to grow and mature, and your baby is practicing for their first breath by inhaling amniotic fluid.
  • Thick coating: Vernix caseosa, that cheesy substance that keeps baby’s skin soft and supple, is now thickening. Sounds gross but it’s to keep their skin moisturized during birth. You might notice some of it in baby’s skin folds after their arrival.
  • Fingernails and toenails: Your baby’s tiny nails have grown, too. Pro tip: Babies grow nails really quickly and they can’t control their hands, so infants often scratch themselves. Prevent that by adding bodysuits with attached fold-over mittens and baby clippers or nail scissors to your registry.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 34

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There are only 42 days until your due date!

Pregnancy Symptoms at 34 Weeks

  • Blurred vision: Can’t see straight? Pregnant women sometimes experience blurred vision because pregnancy hormones and excess fluid can affect tear production and affect the shape of your cornea. Vision changes usually go away after labor, but if you have severely blurred vision that interferes with your daily activities, or comes along with other weird symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.
  • Fatigue: The fatigue of the first trimester may come back in the third trimester, in part because you’re not sleeping well—whether you’re waking often to pee or are all-around uncomfortable. Not to mention the fact that you’re carrying around 20 or 30 extra points on the daily. Remember to get some moderate exercise to keep your energy up (but don’t overdo it) and get as much rest as you need.
  • Swollen ankles and feet: Your joints and tissues are softening in preparation to deliver your baby, which means your bod needs to retain extra fluid. And all that fluid can also cause swelling a.k.a edema. This slight swelling is considered just another pregnancy annoyance. To prevent or ease it, sit down and put your feet up, eat bananas or other potassium-rich foods, drink lots of water and don’t go crazy with the salt intake. But if you experience sudden swelling, especially in your hands and face, call your doctor immediately, since that’s a sign of preeclampsia, a condition that’s dangerous for mom and baby.
  • Pelvic pressure: Now that baby’s getting heftier, you might feel downward pressure on your pelvic floor. This may just be due to baby’s weight or be a sign that they’ve “dropped” lower into your abdomen. If it’s exceptionally strong or sudden, it could be a sign of labor too. If you start to feel contractions as well as the pressure, call your healthcare provider just in case.
  • Hemorrhoids: All that extra downward pressure can also affect the rectum and cause hemorrhoids. (Joy.) Over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams and witch hazel pads are usually considered safe to use. To deal, try switching positions often and doing Kegel exercises. Drink plenty of water and eat fiber-rich foods to prevent constipation, which can also contribute.

Top Tip for 34 Weeks Pregnant

If you’re unsure how you want to handle pain during labor, check out Pain Medications Preference Scale by Penny Simkin. It’s a great judgement-free tool to help you think about your preferences, which are what’s most important here!

Your 34 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At 34 weeks pregnant, weight gain is still recommended at about a pound per week. If your physical activity has slowed down a bit, you might find that you gain a little more weight than expected. It’s not a reason to freak out, but do try to keep an eye on it, since the more weight you have to carry for the next month or so the more uncomfortable you’ll be. Of course, any rapid or unexpected weight gain should be reported to your OB, since it could be a sign of preeclampsia.

In the next couple of weeks, amniotic fluid levels peak. This means that even though baby is still growing (almost 18 inches now), your pregnant belly may not seem to get much larger.

At your 34 weeks appointment, the doc will likely measure your fundal height, an approximate way of keeping tabs on baby’s size and your amniotic fluid level. It probably will measure about 32 to 36 centimeters this week.

Fun Fact

Most moms are righties! We’re talking about boobs, not hands. Yep, one study found that the right breast produces more milk in 76% of moms.

Baby Bumps at 34 Weeks Pregnant

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Real Mom Story

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We love this story from real expectant mama @cravenhomestead

We made it to 34 weeks! Still feeling great, but getting huge. I’m trying to up my daily water intake but it’s hard since I have to pee constantly. Although I haven’t experienced the normal symptoms associated with pregnancy like shortness of breath, morning sickness, food aversions or swollen hands and feet, pregnancy hasn’t come without its struggles. Mostly, the stress of knowing baby has been breech since at least 24 weeks. I guess the little one is just most comfortable in an upright position. Trying to stay positive, trusting my body and knowing baby will do what it needs to do. But I’ve been proactive with lots of yoga stretches, inversions & chiropractor visits. 6 weeks to go!

Baby Sleep 101

Right now, your baby sleeps almost all the time—about 90 to 95 percent of the day. In fact, it might seem like they’re wide awake while energetically dancing on your bladder, but they could be just moving around in their sleep.

Fetal sleep: Your baby’s sleep happens in cycles right now. Part of the time, they’re in a deep sleep state, and part, they’re in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep—meaning they’re dreaming in there! There’s also another part of the time that’s an indeterminate type of sleep; it’s so mysterious because the fetal brain is still immature and unlike a full-fledged baby’s.

For the rest of your pregnancy, the amount of time your baby sleeps in utero will gradually lower to about 85 percent to 90 percent of the day. That’s about the same amount of time they’ll sleep after you give birth.

Newborn sleep: Once they’re born, your newborn will sleep a ton but wake around the clock at completely irregular intervals—anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours at a time. Their main (and pretty much only) reason for waking? Feedings!

Distinguishing day and night: At around one month old, babies start to figure out the difference between day and night, grouping a teeny bit more of their sleeping hours in the nighttime. They’ll still be sleeping about 17 hours per 24-hour period.

Sleeping through the night: Some babies start to sleep longer stretches at night (like six to eight hours) around three months. Though don’t count on it—some take a lot longer than that! Around nine months might be more likely; 70 to 80 percent of babies sleep through the night at that age (again, six to eight hours).

In other words, all those sleepless nights you’re having right now are prepping you for what’s in store after you meet your baby.


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Week 34 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Go to your week 34 prenatal visit.
  • Schedule your week 36 visit while you’re there.
  • Make sure everything is lined up at work for your leave. Your files and notes should be easily accessible for your fill-in. If your baby comes early, you don’t want to worry about having to brief anyone on project status or anything like that.
  • Make reservations for a nice pre-baby dinner with your significant other or BFF.
  • Throw a few more things in your hospital bag. You should really have everything you need inside it by 36 weeks. Remember, that 37 weeks is considered “early term”—meaning, even though it’s not a full-term birth, plenty of babies make their debut then.
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