Pregnancy life changes in week 34

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You have moved into your thirty-fourth week of pregnancy, and your baby is already getting ready to see the world outside the womb.

The little sunshine will now be weighing close to around 5lbs and would measure up at around 45cm in length. The skin of the baby will be increasingly smooth and rounded as they proceed to increase weight and fill out with fat.

Throughout the pregnancy, your baby must move normally and make sure that you continue to feel them while you are in labour.


The baby grows day by day, and as they grow, the movement will feel different. However, they must still follow their regular pattern straight up to the end.

Some say that babies tend to slow down as and when you near the pregnancy. However, this is not true. Since your baby is growing fast, it will use up space in your uterus and finally it will have very less space to move about.

The hearing of the baby will now be developed enough, and they will be able to hear you. So, talk to your baby whenever possible. They are there to hear you out and perhaps would even give you some sort of ‘response’. The babies are particularly sensitive to high-pitched tones.

The small lungs of the baby are also nearly fully developed, so they will be set to breathe independently after they are born. The tiny finger and the toenails have now grown and if your baby is delayed they’ll possibly need a trim.

If it is a boy that you are expecting, then his testicles are beginning to move down into his scrotum now.

See how your baby is developing

  • The little one is settling on layers of fat to maintain her body temperature after the birth.
  • Nearly 99 percent of babies born now will be able to survive outside the womb.

The baby will be now weighing approximately 4 3/4 pounds, which is about the size of a cantaloupe and is about 18 inches long. The fat layers of the baby which will aid in regulating her body temperature once she’s born will help her to fill out. This will make him/her even rounder. The little one’s skin will turn smoother than ever. The central nervous system of the baby is maturing, and its lungs are proceeding to mature as well. If you’ve been worried about preterm labour, you’ll be glad to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who hold no other health problems usually do fine. They may require a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may possess a few short-term health problems. However, in the long run, they generally do as well as full-term babies.

How Big is Your Baby This Week?

The cute little baby will be the size of that of a cantaloupe. His/her bones are totally developed by now, and he/she is turning her head, moving her body from one side to the other or pirouetting.

Baby’s Length: The baby will be having a length of about 17.72 inches.

Baby’s Weight: He/she will weigh nearly 4.73 lbs


A glimpse inside your womb

Fat: The layers of fat in your baby is getting filled out. They will require them to control her body temperature once she is born.

Lungs: The lungs of the baby will also be well developed now. Approximately 99 percent of babies born at this point in time can survive outside the womb, and most have no major long-term problems.


How your life’s changing

When you reach the thirty-fourth week of your pregnancy, the fatigue would have set in once more. It may not be with the same intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is entirely understandable, given the physical exertion you’re under and the sleepless nights of frequent pee breaks and turning and tossing while trying to get comfortable.

This is the time you need to slow down and save up your energy for the labour day. Make sure that you do not get up very quickly after sitting or lying down for a long time. When you get up fast, blood can pool in your feet and legs, thus producing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can create a feeling of dizziness.

If you see some sort of itchy red bumps or perhaps welts on your tummy, and maybe your thighs and buttocks as well, you might be having a condition called as Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy or PUPPP.

Nearly 1 percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is not that harmful. However, can be a tad uncomfortable. You can go to your healthcare provider so that she can make sure that it’s not a more dangerous problem, give treatment to make you more comfortable, and perhaps refer you to a dermatologist if needed. Make sure that you call the doctor if at all you feel extreme itchiness on your body, even if you do not have any rash. It could indicate a liver problem.