What to Expect when You’re 34 Weeks Pregnant
Only six weeks to go! This can feel like the longest stage of pregnancy in women (especially if the final weeks of your pregnancy falls in the hottest weeks of summer!) but the end is in sight!
Your baby now weighs more than five pounds and measures around 18 inches long. If it’s a boy, the testicles will descend down from the abdomen around this week. Your baby is still busy filling out to the full birth weight and, even though it doesn’t feel like your belly could possibly get any bigger, you’ve still got some growing to do before your nine months is up!
Common Symptoms at 34 Weeks Pregnant
One of the most exciting signs of pregnancies near the end is Braxton Hicks Contractions. This is literally your uterus practicing for labor. This close to birth it can be easy to mistake Braxton Hicks for the beginning of an early labor. So how will you know when it’s the real thing? A braxton hicks contraction is less strong and more irregular than an actual contraction and shifting position or pacing will dispel it – the real thing is not so easy to get rid of!
Another symptom of being pregnant that might really start to get to you this week (especially if it’s summer) is itchy skin on your belly. This is a result of your skin stretching to accommodate your baby. Make sure your maternity clothing is loose and comfortable – cotton is best to minimize itching. Regularly moisturizing the skin of your belly will also help you feel more comfortable.
Other symptoms to being pregnant in the final weeks include edema, insomnia, dizziness, clumsiness, forgetfulness, heartburn and feeling bloated and gassy. That’s quite a list! But, don’t worry, the end is near!
Pregnancy Week 34 To Do List
Make sure you’ve got some comfortable maternity underwear – it feels so much nicer when your panties aren’t cutting into your abdomen! The other benefit of specialized maternity panties is that they often feature a thicker gusset in white so that you can easily recognize any differences in your discharge.
Get wet! It’s so good for your joints, bones and muscles to take the weight off by having a swim. The feeling of weightlessness you get from swimming is positively heavenly! Fish out that maternity swimwear and head for the beach, the lake, or your local pool!
There’s a lot of information regarding pregnancy out there – a lot of it’s factual and a lot of the advice on the pregnancy pages is really good. But, there’s also quite a lot of confusion, misinformation and ‘fact’ that has now been proven wrong by science. We look at 10 maternity myths and explain the truth.
At this stage of pregnancy, that basketball on your front is probably making things more than a little uncomfortable for you. Luckily, there are a few clever manufacturers out there who specialize in making products to make things more comfortable for pregnant women. We take a look at belly bands, maternity support belts, compression socks and pregnancy seatbelt adjusters.
If you’re a good Girl Scout, it’s time to think about “Being Prepared” and we’ve prepared a great little checklist of things you’ll need in your hospital bag to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Even if you’re planning to deliver at home, you should have a bag packed just in case.