34 Weeks Pregnant

34 Weeks Pregnant : What to Expect

At 34 weeks pregnant you are probably feeling much discomfort. Your healthcare provider visits should be pleasant as he or she preps you for the stages of labor. Each pregnancy is different and some women do not make it full term or too 40 weeks and some go beyond. This is why your doctor is preparing you now. Your healthcare provider will probably continue tests to ensure everything is okay. He or she might administer a group B Strep test at this stage, as this can be cured before delivery if results are positive. This is a kind of bacterial infection, which if not treated in time, can give rise to preterm babies or cause bladder infections and womb infections for the baby and mother. Occasionally it could cause stillbirths too, so it’s very important.

Symptoms and Body Changes at 34 Weeks

The biggest thing you’ll notice in this 34th week is the reduction of pressure on your chest and lungs. This is due to your baby moving down into the pelvis area. Your uterus should be close to 5 ½ inches above your belly button. Your belly button should be extremely sensitive too, and you might notice it looks more like an outie than an innie. Most women are experiencing painful heartburn. Heartburn is due to acidity levels raising after each kick from your baby. Swelling in your hands, wrists, face, legs, ankles and feet is increasing. If the swelling is accompanied by severe headaches, dizziness and/or fainting you should contact your healthcare provider immediately as this could be the cause of preeclampsia. The swelling is due to water retention, and believe it or not, the way to reduce it is to continue drinking water. Drinking less water only makes the situation worse. Just a few more weeks and these pregnancy symptoms will be gone.

Baby’s Development

As your baby continues to grow in length and weight, he or she should be weighing close to 5 ½ lbs and measuring between 15 ½ and 17 ½ inches. The lungs should be one of a few organs that are not fully matured, and the other organs should be mature or close to it. The facial features are very distinct at this point. Ultrasounds, especially 4D ultrasounds should give you an idea as to what your baby will look like after birth. As the fat continues to build under the skin, your baby is looking a bit plumper. He or she will continue to grow as the due date approaches. You may notice too that he or she is still getting the hiccups. This is normal as they haven’t mastered the breathing and swallowing patterns yet.


Pregnancy Week 34 Tips

If you’re experiencing heartburn, try eating 6-7 small meals per day instead of 2-3 large meals. Also, try to avoid wearing uncomfortable tight-fitting clothes and instead find loose, baggy clothes. This can help reduce discomfort as you lay around, walk or do just about anything. If there isn’t anyone around to massage you, make an appointment. A pregnancy massage can really help alleviate many pains. This can help reduce swelling, as well as pain throughout your body. This week should be the cutoff date for maternity photos as it gets tougher to move about for photoshoots and bellies should already be prominent. If you’re interested in cord blood banking, this is the last week you have until you must register. Hang in there Mom! It’s almost over! Next is pregnancy at 35 weeks.

[Page updated September 2013]