Week 34

Time flies so quickly and finally, you have completed 34 weeks of pregnancy. You’re done with 8 months of pregnancy and you are just one month away from delivering your baby. Your baby can now hear your voice and listen to all your conversations and you might be feeling nervous and excited at this stage.

The size of the baby
The size of your baby at 34 weeks resembles a butternut squash.

Weight/height of the baby
The weight of your baby during this stage is around 2kg while the height of the baby is around 45 cm.

About your baby
During the last few weeks, your baby’s body starts filling up with rapid deposition of fats which is important for the regulation of body temperature. Most of your baby’s organs are now fully developed and matured except for the lungs which are still developing. The facial features of the baby are now well-defined while it continues to grow. The central nervous system of the baby is also now matured. At this stage, your baby may start to get hiccups.

About your body
Your belly will continue growing towards the lower pelvic area and amniotic fluid will begin to decrease. You can now feel the increased movements of the baby and your blood volume will start increasing. You might feel tired and clumsy due to increased weight gain and as your belly start to lower, it may apply extra pressure over the lower pelvic area leading to frequent urination.

The symptoms that you might experience during this week include:
Blurry vision, fatigue, constipation, swollen feet and ankles, abdominal pressure, haemorrhoids, Braxton hick’s contractions along with increased visibility of the stretch marks.

Do & Don’ts / Advice / Checklist / Tips
• Eat frequent and smaller meals to avoid heartburn and indigestion.
• Wear light and comfortable clothes.
• Choose the right pregnancy bras for yourself to avoid discomfort due to the increased size of the breasts.
• Avoid being extremely active as you should be resting during the last few weeks.
• Buy comfortable clothes for your expanding belly.
• Pack your bag for the hospital.
• You might feel clumsy during the last few weeks but it is essential to perform light exercises.
• Consume a balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables to supply the baby with essential nutrients.
• Complete your nursery preps as you might deliver the baby anytime soon.
• Request for maternity leave before leaving the job.

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