34 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Body Changes
During week 34 of pregnancy, you might notice more swelling than you had before, especially in your ankles, fingers, and face. Continue to drink lots of fluids (water is best), and rest when you can with your feet elevated.
Remember, if you notice sudden, extreme swelling in any of these areas, or you have a rapid significant weight gain, call your healthcare provider right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia or toxemia.
Fatigue is a common complaint of late pregnancy. Difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, weight gain, and anxiety about labor, delivery, and taking care of a newborn may contribute to your exhaustion. Rest as much as you can and take naps if possible.
Braxton Hicks contractions may be starting or continuing, and you may be experiencing pelvic aches, a sore rib cage and general discomfort as you get larger.
Your Baby's Growth and Development
When you're 34 weeks pregnant, your baby now measures about 12.8 inches, crown to rump, and weighs about 5 pounds.
The vernix coating on the baby's skin is becoming thicker, whereas lanugo hair is almost completely gone. The skeleton is finishing hardening, and your baby is developing immunities to fight infections. Your baby's fingernails have reached the tips of their fingers.
By now most babies will be in position for delivery. Your health care provider can tell you if your baby is positioned head down or breech (bottom-first). Babies who are born at 34 weeks can usually survive outside of the womb without extensive medical intervention.
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