34 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
34 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re 34 weeks pregnant! The big day is coming up quick, and your little one is just about ready to come out and meet you – and you’re probably more than ready to meet your baby, too! Your baby already knows more about you than you think – especially the sound of your voice! He’s been listening closely to you for the past few months, so when he’s born, he’ll recognize your voice and it’ll calm him when he’s fussy. Ever wonder why a crying baby will settle down so quickly when someone hands them over to the mommy? Well, this is one of the reasons why!
Right now, at 34 weeks pregnant your baby is the size of a cantaloupe! Baby weighs around 4.7 pounds and is measuring about 17.7 inches. Baby won’t grow too much longer between now and birth, but he will continue to gain weight!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 34
When it comes to the pregnancy symptoms that you’ll experience at 34 weeks pregnant, it’s basically same old, same old. You’ve dealt with these symptoms off and on throughout most of your pregnancy, but they may seem to hit you harder at this later stage of your pregnancy just because you’re pretty much over being pregnant – you’re uncomfortable, you feel like a walking whale, and you’re very anxious to finally meet your little one. Totally normal feelings at this point in the game. So, all that being said, here are the pregnancy symptoms you may experience at 34 weeks pregnant:
- Fatigue. Between lugging around that belly (and baby) and not sleeping well at night, it’s no wonder you feel like a zombie these days. Don’t worry, you’ll gain some extra energy after the baby is born.
- Swollen feet and ankles. If you notice you’re sporting cankles these days, it’s normal at this point in your pregnancy. Be sure to sit and put your feet up whenever possible to help reduce the swelling. If the swelling doesn’t go away or if it comes on suddenly, contact your OB right away as this could be a sign of a pregnancy complication.
- Constipation. Ah, yes, good old constipation. This is one symptom you’ve probably battled off and on for your entire pregnancy, and it’s a battle you’ve probably lost more times than not. Eat high-fiber foods, drink lots of water, and stay as active as possible to help keep things moving.
- Hemorrhoids. The baby is putting enormous pressure on your rectum – and straining when you go to the bathroom (thank you, constipation!) doesn’t help matters much, either. Getting the constipation under control and trying not to sit for long periods of time can help relieve the pain and discomfort from the hemorrhoids.
- Blurry vision. Slightly blurry vision can sometimes be a symptom of pregnancy. It’s caused by hormones, lack of sleep, and a buildup of fluid. The blurriness is just temporary, but if you also experience headaches, rapid swelling, and fast weight gain, contact your OB as these could be signs of pre-eclampsia.
- Braxton Hicks contractions. These are not a new symptom at 34 weeks pregnant. You’ve probably been dealing with these for some time now. Remember, Braxton Hicks contractions go away and aren’t regular. If you begin having contractions that are painful, don’t go away, and are coming regularly, you could be going into pre-term labor so contact your OB.
- Abdominal pressure. As you get closer to your due date and the baby drops down lower, you’re bound to experience some additional pressure in your abdomen and pelvic regions. It may even start to hurt to walk!
34 WEEK BABY BUMP
The fundal height (the distance from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone) of your belly at 34 weeks pregnant should measure between 32 and 36 inches. If your belly is measuring smaller or bigger than this, it could be because the baby is smaller or bigger than the average baby at this point in pregnancy, or it could mean you have too little or too much amniotic fluid, or it could be due to the position the baby is laying in. If your doctor is concerned, he or she will order an ultrasound to get a look at what’s going in that belly of yours.
You may be able to breathe a little easier this week if the baby has dropped lower in your pelvis, which sometimes (but not always!) happens within the last couple months of pregnancy. However, while you may be able to breathe easier, it’s a bit of a tradeoff because now the pressure that had been on your lungs has been transferred to your bladder, which means you’ll have to pee even more than usual! Sorry!
34 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
At 34 weeks pregnant, you might have an ultrasound if your doctor has ordered a biophysical profile (BFP) to be performed. A BFP is a combination of an ultrasound and a non-stress test which measures the baby’s heart rate over a specified amount of time to make sure the baby is thriving and reacts well to stress.
During this ultrasound, you’d see your baby looking very much as he’ll look on the day he’s born. By now, your baby’s lungs are fully developed so he’ll be able to breathe on his own when he’s born. His fingernails and toenails have grown to the tips of his fingers and toes now, too. They may even need to be trimmed when he’s born.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 34 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Do you have the baby’s nursery set up and ready to go? If you don’t, now’s the time to get moving on it because the baby could possibly come a little earlier than you expect him to! Here are a couple other things you should be doing at 34 weeks pregnant:
- Rest. You should try to get as much rest as you can during these last weeks of your pregnancy. You’re going to be more tired than you have been in the past few months and you don’t want to wear yourself out.
- Finalize your baby name list. By now, you probably have a least a few names picked out for your baby. Start narrowing those names down. If you can’t settle on one name just yet, at least narrow down your list to two or three to choose from once your baby is born. Many parents find it’s easier to name their baby after birth when they can see what he or she actually looks like!
- Sam C's Editorial Team