34 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly Size & Ultrasound

34 weeks pregnant is a milestone to celebrate and savor. Find out what to expect when you’re 34 weeks pregnant, find out whether you can feel baby yet and what your uterus looks like. What size is a 12-week-pregnant uterus? What are the 8th week symptoms? When does baby start to move?

Your baby at week 34 of pregnancy

Along with the rest of his body, your unborn baby’s muscles are developing. He has full neck mobility and can tilt his head in any direction. He plans on using his improved flexibility to stretch his arms and kick his legs.

The testes should now be in the appropriate position if you are actually carrying a boy. Your infant’s eyes are now open when awake and closed when sleeping. The vernix has grown in thick and has replaced the lanugo.

34 weeks pregnant is how many months?

When you are 34 weeks pregnant, you are officially in 8 months of your pregnancy, only 1 months to go! Congratulations, your almost there momma!

How big is your baby at 34 weeks pregnant?

At 34 weeks, the average baby weighs around 4 t0 5 ½ pounds  and measures about 15 to 17 ½ inches from crown to rump, making it about the size of a of pineapple or a cabbage or head of a zucchini

34 weeks pregnant baby position

t’s almost go time, so baby is likely positioned head down, or will be very soon. A 33-week fetus is also making its way toward your pelvis, so you may feel like your belly has “dropped” lower than it was before. Your baby can now move into the birth position, so you might feel some gentle flutters or jabs in your lower abdomen. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice these movements until around 34 weeks pregnant

34 weeks pregnant: baby’s development

 34-38 weeks baby developments

A baby’s final month in the womb is spent in intense preparation for delivery. A baby is no longer considered preterm if she is born at or after 37 weeks of gestation (or 35 weeks after conception). During exhalation, the alveoli in her lungs don’t stick together because of the surfactant that lines their interiors. Meaning she won’t need help from the NICU and will thrive just fine on her own.

After 33 weeks of pregnancy, your unborn baby’s brain and nervous system are fully developed.

Bones continue to harden

The bones of their bodies are hardening, with the exception of those in their skulls, which are still soft. The skull bones remain soft and separated until after the birth to ease their passage through the birth canal. During the birth process, the bones can slide over each other gently, allowing the head to be born safely and protected from damage.

Rapidl weight gain

Their weight is rapidly increasing, and you’re probably gaining around one pound a week, half of which is being transferred to them.

Buds are well developed

At 33 weeks, the buds have reached full maturity. One more reason to watch what you eat while carrying your child is that they may develop your taste preferences.

Space is getting tight in womb

They are curled up in the uterus and their legs are bent up toward their chests at this stage. The space is tight, but they still have room to move around. There should still be movements in your bump, and you may even be able to see them.
The testicles of your baby are beginning to descend from his abdomen into his scrotum if he is a boy.

Lungs are fully formed

A baby’s lungs are fully formed after 36 weeks and ready for their first breath after birth. Furthermore, their lungs produce a substance called ‘surfactant’ that keeps their air sacs open so they can take in oxygen.

As well as being able to suckle for feeds after 36 weeks, their digestive systems are also ready to deal with breast milk. By now your baby is about 48cm long.

Your body at 34 weeks pregnant

Do you have a birth plan? What about setting up a phone tree to share the good news? (That way, once baby has arrived, your birth partner only has to make one phone call—and the news will be spread from there.) This week you’ll need to iron out all your birth details.

Also, be sure to know the signs of premature labor!

  • Menstrual-like cramps (sometimes with diarrhea, indigestion, or nausea)
  • Watery, pinkish, or brownish discharge (sometimes preceded by a thick mucus plug)
  • Amniotic fluid, trickling or flowing from the vagina
As your pregnancy progresses, you’re getting used to the backaches, leg cramps, and other discomforts that come with it. In addition to swelling in your ankles and feet, you may also experience swelling in the hands and face. Swelling is caused in part by pregnancy hormones, which cause your body to hold on to water to fuel a variety of growing needs.
Keeping your feet elevated and drinking plenty of water will help reduce swelling. You will no longer experience most of the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy once you deliver. It is possible that persistent swelling during pregnancy could indicate a serious medical condition called preeclampsia in five to ten percent of pregnancies. This condition will be checked on a regular basis by your healthcare provider, however.

Getting Ready for the Hospital

TV and movies often portray the birth of a baby as a quick and dramatic event. In real life, you’ll most likely be at the hospital for hours rather than minutes before your nurse or physician announces, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” And unless it’s an emergency situation, you won’t likely be rushed into a delivery room. Although it can be hectic at a hospital or birth center, if you plan ahead, it can be less stressful.

Take a practice run

I know it sounds silly, but how do you get to the hospital? Do you know which entrance to use or where to park your car? Take a practice ride so you can answer these questions.

On your run, take notes. Parking, for instance, can be a hassle while you’re pregnant. Check out the hospital’s parking structure’s proximity to the hospital. Once in the hospital, determine which floor houses labor and delivery (L&D). Find out whether you should go directly to L&D or if you need to check in somewhere else first.

Your hospital may offer tours for parents-to-be; call to find out more.

Fill in your paperwork before delivery day

Once you’re in labor, all you need to worry about is having a baby, but the hospital needs information about your health insurance and medical history. In most hospitals, pre-admission forms can be filled out a few weeks before your due date. Dr. Joanne Motino Bailey, PhD, a certified nurse midwife, says your doctor may be able to provide you with the necessary forms so that you can check in quickly at the hospital.

In addition, you should contact your health insurance provider before delivery day so that your baby’s name can be added to your policy as soon as possible.

Check the hospital’s costs for incidental expenses

The hospital may charge you for using a phone and a TV in your room, depending on its policies. If you’re in the hospital for two days or more, these costs can add up (and your insurance may not cover them).

If you are in a private room, you may be charged more. Make sure you understand these costs by calling the hospital and your insurance provider beforehand.

Choose a pediatrician for your baby

The hospital may charge you for using a phone and a TV in your room, depending on its policies. If you’re in the hospital for two days or more, these costs can add up (and your insurance may not cover them).

If you are in a private room, you may be charged more. Make sure you understand these costs by calling the hospital and your insurance provider beforehand.

34 weeks pregnant tips and advice

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is important. Your body uses more water during your pregnancy to fuel your increased blood supply (necessary to get your baby-to-be plenty of nutrients) and other body functions. Taken to extremes, dehydration can lead to preterm labor pains. So bring a water bottle to work with you—and drink it.

Use the bathroom—often

Drinking more water means more trips to the bathroom. Add to that, your kidneys are working overtime to filter impurities from your increased blood supply. To avoid stares from coworkers, plan discrete potty breaks. Go when you first get to the office and take a break on the way from meetings or other times when you’re already up so your trips will be less noticeable. Putting off a trip to the bathroom is a bad idea—it makes you uncomfortable and puts stress on your bladder, which can lead to bladder infections.

Bring light snacks

Food may not be appealing, especially if you’re experiencing nausea. Skip a full-blown lunch and opt for lighter fare throughout the day. Keep in mind that some pregnancy comfort foods are dead giveaways, such as crackers. If you’re trying to keep your pregnancy a secret, try less notorious foods that still comfort nausea but that don’t shout, “I’m pregnant!” Opt for foods high in protein, such as string cheese, almonds, or milk.

Wear comfortable clothes

You’ve probably packed away your tight-fitting pants already. If you haven’t, now’s probably the time to say goodbye to your hip-hugging ensembles until after your baby’s arrival. Avoiding tight clothes isn’t just about hiding your baby bump. Your body may be retaining water to fuel your increased blood supply, and constricting clothes are not only tight on your skin, but the blood that’s trying to flow underneath.

Watch your posture

Take time to get off your feet and walk around. Staying in the same position for too long allows the blood to pool in the lower part of your body, potentially making you light-headed. Put your feet up whenever possible to keep your blood flowing properly.

Having Trouble Sleeping at 34 weeks Pregnant

Having difficulties sleeping is a common pregnant symptom, and it’s especially common in the second and third trimesters, when other pregnancy symptoms peak and a growing belly makes it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position.

When you’re 34 weeks pregnant, it could hurt to sleep on your stomach, but studies indicates that lying on your back puts more strain on the vena cava, the main blood vessel that returns blood to the heart.

Your blood circulation will increase if you sleep on your left side, which will also be good for your uterus, kidneys, and fetus. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try placing a pillow between your knees and another under your stomach. If the problem persists, consult your doctor.

34 weeks Pregnant: Wellness and Nutrition

What should you avoid during pregnancy? Doctors agree that you should avoid the following:

  • Activities that may cause you to fall, or that place pressure or force on your belly
  • Intense, overly vigorous exercise – if you’re too out of breath to talk, you’re probably exercising too hard.
  • Drinking alcohol, smoking, and caffeine (ask your doctor how much caffeine you should consume each day)
  • Sweeteners such as saccharine and herbal sweeteners (ask your doctor if artificial sweeteners are appropriate)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications (check with your doctor about what’s safe during pregnancy)
  • Paint, cleaning products, and solvents can expose you to chemicals and fumes. Acrylic and latex paints are generally considered safe. However, you should consult your doctor before helping around the house or in the nursery.
  • Saunas and hot tubs
  • Chemical treatments for your hair, such as dye and perms

34 weeks pregnancy symptoms

Your body undergoes many changes to give your baby-to-be enough room to grow. Some of these changes are comforting—your rounded belly and your full breasts, for example—while other signs can be troubling. Keep in mind that many of these physical changes will last only until your baby arrives.

Upper abdominal pain

The uterus is growing rapidly, putting pressure on organs like the bladder, intestines, and stomach. This can cause mild pain in the upper abdomen that may extend to the lower abdomen or sides of your stomach. The pressure on your abdomen can also cause pain when you cough or sneeze.

Lower abdominal pain

The uterus is growing rapidly and putting pressure on your bladder, intestines, and stomach. This can cause lower abdominal pain that may feel like mild cramping or a dull ache in the pelvic region. Back pain. The growing weight of your uterus on your spine can cause back pain that typically becomes worse as pregnancy progresses.

Leg cramps

The weight of your uterus can put pressure on your veins and cause leg cramps or swelling. You may also experience varicose veins in your legs due to increased blood flow. Neck pain. As the baby grows, it puts more pressure on the spinal cord, which runs down through your neck and back. This can cause mild pain in the neck area that may extend into your shoulders and arms.

Back pain

Your growing uterus can put pressure on your spine and cause back pain. The weight of the baby can also cause sciatica, which is when pain shoots down the back of one leg due to compression in the spinal cord. Backache. Your growing uterus may cause you to experience mild to moderate lower back pain or stiffness in your lower abdomen around this time.

Leaky breasts

It can be alarming, especially if you aren’t expecting it! But rest assured, this is not usually a cause for concern. Breast milk production begins when the hormone prolactin rises in response to pregnancy. Prolactin stimulates the cells of the mammary glands that produce milk and causes them to grow and multiply.

Sleeping difficulties

You may find it harder to get comfortable when you’re pregnant. Your growing abdomen can make it more difficult for you to find a position that feels good, and your joints may be sore from carrying extra weight. You might also experience restless leg syndrome, which is when you feel like your legs are moving even though they aren’t. This happens because the joints in the body release chemicals that cause itching or tingling sensations when they are irritated by things like pregnancy hormones.

Swollen Ankels

You may be experiencing swollen ankles, which is common during pregnancy. This happens because the increased levels of hormones in your body cause fluid to accumulate in your tissues, including those that line the walls of your veins and arteries. It’s usually not a cause for concern unless you have swelling in both legs or it lasts longer than two weeks.

Fatigue (constant tiredness or weakness)

One of the most typical symptoms of early pregnancy is fatigue, which frequently starts at this point. Although there are many causes of exhaustion during pregnancy (including changes in hormone levels), some research indicates that inadequate sleep brought on by nighttime awakenings from unpleasant sleeping positions may also be a role.

Heartburn or gas

There may be a rise in heartburn and flatulence during the 34th week of pregnancy. This is because progesterone produces a decrease in the tone of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle, which typically prevents stomach acid from entering the esophagus. This can cause heartburn and discomfort by allowing stomach acid to flow back up into the esophagus. Try spreading your meals out more, staying away from items that are known to cause heartburn (such spicy foods), and drinking lots of water.

Mood swings and crying spells

The 34th week of pregnancy is a vulnerable time for women, when they are more likely to experience mood swings and crying spells. Until your hormone levels settle, this will have an impact on your mental and emotional well-being. This is a common occurrence for pregnant women; one study indicated that 75% of women felt emotional shifts like irritability or depression in the first trimester.

Indigestion, or constipation

During the 34th week of pregnancy, you may suffer gastrointestinal issues like indigestion or constipation. Pregnancy hormones like progesterone and estrogen might increase the likelihood of gastrointestinal issues including indigestion. These hormones slow down digestion by relaxing the digestive tract, preventing food from being swallowed whole. You can reduce the frequency and severity of indigestion during pregnancy by cutting out on high-fat and sugary foods and eating more often, smaller meals (like sweets or fried foods).

Swelling (edema)

Your body retains water to provide the necessary fluids for your growing baby-to-be. You can prevent much of this swelling from drinking plenty of fluids and keeping your legs up. You may also want to purchase socks designed to improve the circulation in your feet.

Skin spots

The skin’s pigmentation may deepen around certain parts of your body during pregnancy, such as your nipples and freckles. You may also notice spots of color on your face, called the mask of pregnancy or chloasma. These pigmentation changes will fade after your baby’s born.

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea, is a very common and often overlooked symptom of pregnancy. It happens when there isn’t enough oxygen in your body or when your blood flow is constricted. This can make it difficult to do even the smallest things like walk across the room or climb stairs.

You may feel like you need to take deeper breaths than usual or that it takes longer than normal for your breathing rate to return to normal after an activity such as climbing stairs.

Symptoms to be aware of

Please share any concerns you may have with your doctor or midwife. Don’t worry about whether or not you’re repeating yourself or wasting anyone’s time by bringing up an old topic. This pregnancy is yours, so listen to your body if you suspect something is wrong.

Signs of premature labour

If you have any of the following symptoms, call the hospital or midwife straight away, because you could be in premature labour:

  • regular contractions or tightenings
  • period-type pains or pressure in your vaginal area
  • a “show” – which is when the plug of mucus that has sealed the cervix during pregnancy comes away and out of the vagina
  • a gush or trickle of fluid from your vagina – this could be your waters breaking
  • backache that’s unusual for you.

34 weeks pregnant belly

Your pregnant tummy at 34 weeks may look a little (or a lot) lower than it did at earlier stages of your pregnancy. This could be due to the baby’s position lower in your pelvis. Having greater room in your lungs could make breathing easier. Ahh! (We can’t promise anything, because some newborns don’t do this until the day they’re born.) Of course, the downside to this decline is that it puts even greater strain on your bladder, so you should get used to making frequent trips to the ladies’ room during the next several weeks.

34 weeks pregnant belly size

By week 34, your belly will have expanded and protruded considerably. You might have trouble seeing where you’re walking. There is a 26-35 cm range for fundal height (10.2-13.8 in). Around 9 cm (3.5 inches) above your belly button is where you’ll notice a significant increase in amniotic fluid.

Some women may measure smaller and some larger than this, but this is a good general guide for how big your belly will be at this point in pregnancy. Of course, being 34 weeks pregnant with twins makes you feel heavier than other pregnant women your age.

Measuring pregnant belly at 34 weeks

If you’re measuring your belly at home, use a tape measure and measure around the widest part of your abdomen. Measurement is usually taken above the navel or below it, depending on what’s more comfortable for you. Be sure to stand up straight and relax as much as possible while taking your measurement—it should be taken at the same time every day so that you can monitor how quickly or slowly your belly is growing.

If you are measuring your belly at the top of your pubic bone, expect to see an increase of about two inches per month. If you’re measuring this lower, around your navel and below, it can be as much as three inches per month. The average weight gain during pregnancy is between 25 and 35 pounds and usually occurs in the last trimester (after week 28).

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Braxton Hicks at 34 weeks Pregnant

At 34 weeks pregnant, you may find that your Braxton Hicks contractions are becoming more frequent and intense. You may feel them in your back or lower abdomen, and they may last anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes. If you’re having regular contractions, it’s important to talk with your doctor about any pain or discomfort you experience during them.

Braxton Hicks are common during the third trimester. You may not even notice them because they feel like mild discomfort or a dull ache in your lower abdomen. They’re also called practice contractions because they prepare your body for real labor by getting it ready to push out a baby when the time comes.

34 weeks pregnant ultrasound

An ultrasound of your baby at 34 weeks shows a head that is relatively large; a human baby’s brain weighs 12 percent of his body weight at birth. It’s likely that your baby already has 100 billion or so brain cells at birth.

The importance of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy

During pregnancy, you need a greater amount of folic acid and iron. Why? Here are some reasons:

Folic acid prevents neural tube defects

These defects affect the fetal brain and spinal cord in a significant way. Preferably, you should begin taking extra folic acid three months before you become pregnant.

The placenta and baby require iron to develop

The body uses iron to make blood to supply oxygen to the baby. Additionally, iron helps prevent anemia, a condition in which the blood lacks healthy red blood cells

It’s important to consult your doctor or healthcare provider to find out which are the best prenatal vitamins to take before pregnancy, and how to calculate your expected delivery date.

34 weeks pregnant hCG levels

At 34 weeks pregnant, your hCG levels can range from about 4,060 – 165,400+ mIU/m. 

Explore more in your pregnancy week-by-week

Follow your pregnancy week-by-week to find out how your baby is growing and what is happening to your body.

First Trimester Weeks:

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