34 Weeks Pregnant: What To Expect?
When it gets tough, it gets tough! At this point, you are so close to your goal, it doesn’t even seem a bother to go through all the experience of pregnant women’s annoyances and grievances. Here is a list of suggestions and answers about your 34 weeks pregnant to any questions you may have.
Baby’s Growth During Pregnancy – Week 34
The 34th week of pregnancy will show well-established markers of sex with easily distinguishable boys and girls. The fat of your baby has now filled the wrinkled skin completely, making it smooth and sturdy. Your body becomes stronger and more independent of the immune system and lungs. Since the fetus brain connections are now numbering in the trillions, sometimes it can even dream.
What is the Baby’s Size?
Baby is the size of butternut squash at 34 weeks of pregnancy. The baby weighs in at about 4.7 pounds with less than two months to go time and measures about 17.7 inches.
34-week Symptoms of Pregnancy
Your symptoms are pretty typical of late pregnancy at week 34 and may seem like a broken record from now on.
- Blurry vision: A combination of hormones, fluid buildup, and lack of sleep may make your vision look a bit “off.” Sometimes it’s just a normal, temporary symptom of pregnancy, but if your blurry vision is accompanied by swelling, headache, rapid weight gain and/or swelling, it might be a sign of preeclampsia, so tell your OB right away.
- Fatigue: It’s exhausting to carry all that extra weight around (whether you have a baby in there or you’re pregnant with twins for 34 weeks!). And if only at night you could sleep!
- Constipation: Stopping at 34 weeks of pregnancy is normal, which can make you feel more uncomfortable than you are all ready. Remember to take frequent walks, eat plenty of fiber foods (think leafy greens), and drink plenty of water to move things around.
- Hemorrhoids: What a cycle of viciousness! When you go to the bathroom, straining can cause this other symptom that isn’t fun at all. So can put all the baby’s extra weight on your rectum. Work on constipation to ease hemorrhoids and try various sitting and standing positions to ease some of the area’s pressure.
- Ankles and feet are swollen. Sit down and put your feet to reduce the swelling whenever you can.
- Abdomen Pressure: Pressure of the abdomen. As the baby prepares for arrival and settles down, you may feel pressure in your pelvis and urination even more frequently.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: Cramping sensations are completely normal at 34 weeks of pregnancy. It’s probably just getting your body ready for the actual deal. Note, however, that pelvic pain may be the sign of a problem at 34 weeks of pregnancy. All signs of premature labor are regular contractions that do not stop after about an hour, vaginal bleeding, and lower back pain. If at 34 weeks you have any of these worrying symptoms, call your OB right away.
34 weeks pregnant belly
Your 34 weeks pregnant belly may seem a little or a lot less than it did a couple of weeks ago. That’s because the baby may have gone down to your pelvis lower. This may allow you to breathe a little easier as there is more space in your lungs. The pitfall of the fall is, of course, even greater pressure on the bladder so be ready to make even more trips to the female rooms in future weeks. (Of course, some babies will do this only the very day that they were born so no guarantees are given.)
Your belly should be about 32 to 36 inches from the top of the uterus to the pubic bone, pregnant for 34 weeks. When you’re measuring something small or big, it can mean that the baby is bigger or smaller, or that there’s an abnormal level of amniotic fluid. Anything outside the normal fundal height (the measurement of the belly) can prompt your doctor to order pregnant ultrasounds for 34 weeks. to determine the cause.
Fun fact: The amniotic fluid between weeks 34 and 36 is at an all-time high, so you might feel like you won’t get too bigger at this time. This is due to the decrease in fluid so that the baby can continue to grow and have room around. He or she gets snug inside, so around this time, motion becomes slightly different.
Continue inspecting the baby with counts of kicks. Set a timer and see how long a child needs 10 times to move. Check back each day to make sure the time approximate is pretty similar. (It should be an hour or less.) Inform your doctor of any significant changes.
If you’re pregnant with twins for 34 weeks, you may feel pretty antsy. That might be a subtle psychological sign of the coming of the babies. The countdown is official for twin moms, as the average pregnancy lasts from approximately 35 to 37 weeks. You will probably start work about 37 weeks if your babies are not required to deliver early.
34 Weeks Ultrasound
This week you’re probably going to take a trip to the OB, as you’re probably seeing her every other week. If ordered by your doctor, you may have a biophysical profile (BPP), which is a combination of a 34-week pregnant ultrasound and a special non-stress test that measures the heart rate of the baby over a period of time. These two tests together help the doctor confirm that the baby reacts well to stress and prosperity.
Enjoy next week off as you will have weekly OB appointments starting at week 36. You will probably also have a strep test for Group B about 36 weeks. 10-30% Positive test for Group B strep bacteria that could be harmful to babies if passed to them during delivery. If you test Group B Strep positively, it’s no biggie — you’ll just need to take some antibiotics during labor and delivery. Perhaps choose a new book to read during your time in the waiting room.
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