34 WEEKS PREGNANT
You are not alone, even when you think you are! Your baby can now listen and is eavesdropping on your conversations. In fact he or she will enjoy your singing if you or your partner sings a lullaby.
Don’t worry, you baby won’t expect you to sing like Elton John, but do start singing and talking to your baby to create that bond.
It is almost time to meet your baby, so do get ready so that you’ll be able to delivery at a moment’s notice in the event of an early arrival.
34 weeks pregnant is how many months? 34 weeks pregnant is eight months and two weeks pregnant. You got about six weeks till your due date.
34 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 34 weeks? Your baby now measures about 45.4cm.
The current weight of your baby is about 2.15kilograms.
34 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
34 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
You are now in late term pregnancy, so what you will be experiencing would be nothing unfamiliar.
Being 34 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptoms that your body might be experiencing:
- Fatigue. Given your troubled sleeping due to your constant night trips to the toilet and having to toss and turn to find a comfortable position while stressing over the soon to be delivery, many mums to be face fatigue. So be sure to get as much rest as you can.
- Itchy Red Bumps. If you discover itchy red bumps on your belly, buttocks or thighs, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to 1 percent of women develop PUPPP, which is generally harmless but is quite uncomfortable. Consult your doctor to make sure it is nothing serious.
- Blurry vision. Pregnancy hormones and the lack of sleep can cause you to have blurry vision. If you are affected, your vision should return to normal after childbirth. But if your blurry vision is accompanied by swelling, headache and rapid weight gain or weight loss, inform your doctor because it could be a sign of preeclampsia.
- Piles (Hemorrhoids). So your constipation coupled with the extra weight on your rectum can cause you to develop piles.
- Swollen hands and feet. It is normal to have swollen feet as your body develops more blood and fluids. Elevate your feet whenever you get a chance to reduce the swelling.
- Vaginal Discharge. You might notice now an increase in vaginal discharge as you get closer to your due date. Inform your doctor if you feel your discharge looks suspicious.
- Braxton Hicks contractions. You might feel tightening around your abdomen area that comes and goes. These cramping feeling is normal. It is likely your body is merely getting ready for delivery.
During the next two weeks, the amniotic fluid will be at its highest level, so you might not feel that your belly is getting bigger. From there on, the amniotic fluid level will only decrease as your baby gets bigger.
34 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
The fundal height at 34 weeks pregnant should be between 32cm to 36cm, and your belly should measure about 80cm to 90cm from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone.
Your pregnant belly might feel to you lower than last week. That is because the baby might have moved into your pelvis, ready for birth.
The good news is that there is now less pressure on your lungs and you can breathe a little easier.
The bad news is that there is now an increased pressure on your bladder which means more trips to the toilet. However, some babies only move down at the point of delivery, so it really depends on your baby!
Interesting fact is that in the next two weeks, amniotic fluid will be at the highest level, so you might feel that your belly is not getting any bigger. From there on, amniotic fluid will decrease as your baby grows bigger (so your baby has room to move), and because of that, the baby’s movement will also feel somewhat different.
Want to know an interesting fact? Your uterus is above seven hundred times larger than before you got pregnant. Wow!
You should also be constantly checking your baby’s kick counts to see how long it takes to move 10 times. If the kick count drastically differs, inform your doctor.
HOW IS MY BABY AT 34 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Your baby is becoming rounder as the fats is accumulating under the skin. In addition to that, the skin is also becoming smoother. The nervous system is maturing, and the the lungs is now becoming well developed as he or she readies for the first breath of air.
If you are worried about an early delivery, the good news is that babies born from week 34 are almost fully developed and generally do well with no significant health problems.
If your baby is a boy, the testicles will move from the abdomen to the scrotum.
Right about this time, the first poop (meconium stools) is in the intestines, ready to be pooped out when the baby is born. It is thick, sticky and greenish-black in colour.
WHAT TO DO AT 34 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Start reading up on C-section
- Try a perineal massage
- Pack your hospital bag (including your baby clothings) for both yourself and your partner