34 Weeks Pregnant (Fetal Age 32 Weeks)
Your baby is practicing breathing
34 weeks pregnant, your baby can hear your voice well when you speak or sing. Try a few lullabies - your baby may be easier to comfort after birth by songs that he or she actually recognises already.
Now mom usually have to take a few trips to the bath room every night. Annoying when you want to rest to have the energy needed for giving birth. But normal!
Have you been thinking about your preferred birth position yet? You can read about the benefits of different birth positions here.
What to expect about...
The lungs are still maturing and will continue to practice breathing by taking in amniotic fluid. This can cause your baby to have periodic bouts of the hiccups and can be felt by you or your partner most times. For those who may deliver at this time, your baby may need some assistance with breathing until the lungs are completely mature.
If your new addition is still not positioned correctly for entry into the birth canal, do not worry. There is still enough time for them to turn things around or even have your doctor or midwife try methods in order for them to manipulate the baby into position before the big day.
Your baby is continually developing immunities to fight off mild infections on their own and the skeletal system is hardening each day, although the skull plates still remain pliable in order to move through the birth canal later.
You may want to start talking and singing to your baby if you haven't started already. With the developed ears, they can become familiar with your voice or your partner's (and older siblings') before they are even born. Many babies will turn towards those familiar voices once they are on the outside, and it is comforting for both them and you with this extended bond.
This is caused from the increasing pressure of the baby and the extra weight that sits lower now as your pelvic joints loosen getting your body ready for labor.
Finding your sleep is interrupted is very common during the last few weeks of pregnancy for a number of reasons. Your bladder does not hold as much as it used to, and when it is full that little baby may be using it as a punching bag. Other joint and muscle discomforts make it difficult for some women to rest comfortably for a good nights rest. Try putting a pillow between your thighs, it might help.
If you find your sleep is continuously interrupted, be sure to try and make up for it later by taking naps or at least putting your feet up and relaxing during the day.
The top of your uterus is approximately 5.5 inches above your belly button and can be felt easily during an examination by your doctor or midwife. The amniotic fluid that protects your little one reaches its peak between the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy and can decrease in amount the last few weeks to allow more room for the baby to fit. Heartburn and swelling of the hands and feet are very common concerns during this time and can be alleviated by watching how much you eat and what types of foods you are consuming.
To start learning about the birth process, visit our section about giving birth here.
If you are at all considering natural childbirth, I can really recommend these online birth classes.
34 Weeks Pregnant VideoIf seeing is believing for you; watch this video explaining pregnancy week 34 in pictures and words.
Diary of a DaughterWhat's it really like being 34 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 34 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)
Diary Of A DaughterThis has been a calm week, but I'm gathering water. Some of my shoes are too small!
Haven't increased all that much in weight, though, a total of 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg).
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