Congratulations! You have reached at 34 weeks pregnant. So, how do you feel, moms-to-be? Feel like that you have been pregnant for 134 weeks? Calm down! Remember that the big day is less than 2 months away. It is better to recognize that most babies do not arrive exactly on their due date. Many of them welcome the world after the 37th week of the pregnancy – a couple of weeks after their due date. Of course, every pregnancy is different. Hence, there is often no harm if your angel arrives a week or two early or late.
To be sure, it seems to be harder to get around and maintain your daily activities around this time of pregnancy. That’s because your lungs may not inflate as much as they’d like to. Besides, there is also a sense that everything is being squeezed and squashed into your mid-section. It is interesting to know that your unborn baby is nearly ready to be born. So, it’s a good time to start thinking practically. Let’s consider about not only your hospital bag essentials, but also your birth plan! Keep reading to find out what else you should know about your body and baby at 34 weeks pregnant.
34 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
At 34 weeks pregnant development, it is likely that all of your usual pregnancy signs come back, such as swollen feet, heartburn, hemorrhoids, lack of sleep and constipation. Some expectant mothers can also start experiencing blurry vision. This symptom is actually caused by a mix of sleep deprivation, hormones as well as fluid. If you don’t have any symptom, like high blood pressure or even protein in your urine, then blurry vision may be quite normal. In that case, natural therapies, i.e. acupuncture, naturopathy, and massage can help!
Actually, last weeks may become both emotionally and physically tough for women. But, never think about the seduction of an induction by all means. Otherwise, you can find your body taking much longer to recover than expected. Of course, this is no fun with a newborn kid.
Don’t forget to spend time tuning into your baby and body. That’s because your body is now doing an awesome job of growing the baby day after day. It is often said that pregnant women have innate abilities when it comes to birth, even if they have never given birth before. For that reason, the process of labour seems to be an amazing interaction between your body and baby. Always remind yourself that labour is indeed a peak performance, just like a marathon race. So, your body has all the tools inbuilt so as to get through.
Try to slow down from here on as well as taking it easy to save your energy for the important delivery. There is no need to worry about insomnia. That’s because it may not even you and your baby. Once you start feeling worried about lack of sleep, then insomnia can become a vicious cycle. The best way here is to talk about this problem with a family member, partner, friend, or even ask your doctor for advice.
34 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
Due to the weight gain of the baby, it is no surprise that you can feel additional strain around these days. Like most of other expectant mothers at 34 weeks pregnant, you are able to experience a few basic symptoms, including:
- Trouble sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent urination
- Heartburn and indigestion
Keep in mind that such symptoms of pregnancy will continue right up till the big day.
34 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 34 weeks is about 39-48 centimeters in length, weighs about 2.6 kilograms, and equal to around the size of a cantaloupe. In general, much of his/her lanugo is disappearing. Though some can still be there at birth, it will surely disappear soon afterwards. The little one’s eyes have also developed to the point where the pupils may now even dilate and constrict in response to light. Furthermore, his/her lungs are well-formed, too.
It is worth noting that your angel is putting on weight, too! The reason is that fat is being stored under the skin. Such fat not only looks lovely, but it also plays an important role in helping the baby regulate his/her body temperature.
Since the unborn kid is getting so big, his/her legs are often bent and held near the trunk, due to a lack of room by this point. As a result, you can feel less activity but notice more pronounced movements, i.e. a hand/foot moving along the inside of your belly. Is your angel a boy? So, his testicles seem to make the trip down from the abdomen to the scrotum this week. In fact, a small number of babies may be born with undescended testicles. But, they usually make their way down before the first birthdays.
What should you do?
34 weeks pregnant is a good time to familiarize yourself with the process of birthing. At first, take time to visit the labor and delivery section of the hospital where you are planning to give birth. Then, learn where the emergency department is if possible. Go ahead as well as fill out any kind of pre-registration paperwork. Don’t hesitate to speak with the doctor about pain management options for the big day. In case you have any questions about the delivery, it is better to make a list and have them asked with your healthcare provider.
Want to give birth at home? Then it is a good idea to talk with your midwife or doctor about what you can need to have on hand. Besides, come up with a solid plan if something bad happens that requires you to visit the hospital instead. Bear in mind that births are unpredictable. Hence, preparing for any possible situation helps to alleviate extra stresses in case there is something that does not go according to plan.
It’s also worth ensuring that your baby bag is packed and always ready, even though you are planning a home birth. Moms are advised to pack things, like their birth plan and maternity notes, some cozy socks, a dressing gown, music on their phone, books and magazines, slippers, snacks and energy drinks for labor, a nursing bra, an old T-shirt to wear, and maternity sanitary towels.
How about your angel? He/she needs sleep suits and vests, blankets, nappies, booties and a hat, wipes, and a cute leaving hospital outfit. Finally, be aware that some hospitals will not even let you leave unless you have a proper EU approved as well as car seat fitted properly.