34 Weeks Pregnant What to Expect
When a woman reaches 34th week of pregnancy, it means that she has almost completed her eighth month and is only a week away from stepping in crucial ninth month. In case of preterm birth, survival chances of a baby are nearly 98% without any complications.
Pregnancy at 34 weeks finds uterus of a pregnant woman at least 5.5 inches above her bellybutton. Uterus sits high on abdomen and a baby finds himself a bit cramped for space inside a womb. It will start lowering in later weeks to prepare for childbirth. At this time a mother gains at least a pound every week and most of this weight gain goes to a developing baby.
Baby at 34 weeks
Following changes are seen in a baby at 34th week of pregnancy:-
- Uterus walls gradually become thinner and so light can easily enter inside. At 34 weeks a baby can easily distinguish between night and day. He now has a distinctive schedule for sleep and is also mature enough to sleep with eyes closed and wake up with eyes open.
- With ever-growing layer of fat, an unborn baby takes on the appearance of a newborn baby. His skin is smooth and cheeks are round giving him a plump appearance.
- 34 weeks pregnant baby weight is nearly 4.7 pounds or nearly 2 kg and his/her length is 18 inches.
- Lungs and central-nervous system of a 34 weeks fetus is nearly developed to full capacity. In case of preterm birth he/she is capable of surviving on its own. It is sensible to provide external support for respiration at this stage
- Reproductive organs are mostly in place during pregnancy at 34 weeks. Testicles move towards scrotum from abdomen in male fetus. In rare cases if a male child has undescended testicles during birth, then it moves to proper place within a year.
- Increased levels of amniotic fluid enables a baby to move easily even in the limited available space in a womb. By this time a baby settles down in its birth position of heads down and folded legs in front of their chest. In case a baby is in breech or transverse position it is better to consult a doctor.
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34 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Although every pregnancy is unique in itself, some of the symptoms during 34th week of pregnancy are similar. Following are some of these symptoms-
- Pregnancy hormones start decreasing production of tears during this period and results in irritation and dryness in eyes and blurred vision
- False alarm of labor as uterus suddenly tightens for a few seconds
- Pain in back, tailbone, joints, inner thighs and groin
- Hot flashes
- Itchy skin
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Leaking urine
- Frequency in urination
- Emotional changes
- Varicose veins
- Stretch marks
34 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
An Ultrasound performed in 34th week of pregnancy helps a doctor in knowing the exact position of a baby. Ultrasound also helps in identifying any complications like low-lying placenta.