34 Weeks Pregnant Baby Size

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

At 34 weeks pregnant, your baby is getting bigger, and there’s less room in your womb for those cartwheels! As a result, you may notice that his movements feel different — possibly a little less forceful now — but you’ll still sense his wiggles and stretches. Around this time, your baby may also be dropping deeper into your pelvis as he gets ready to make his grand entrance. As early as this week, or maybe in the weeks following, if you have an ultrasound or checkup with your healthcare provider, you may learn that your baby has moved into a head-down position in preparation for birth. Wondering what color eyes your baby will have when he's born? Eye color depends on the amount of the pigment melanin that's present. Babies born with little or no pigment will have blue eyes, but that color may change over the first year or two. If your little one has darker eyes at birth, the color is less likely to change. You can read more about when do baby’s eyes change color here. Speaking of birth, your due date is fast approaching, and you'll want to get a head start on those final preparations. Take this quiz to find out how close you are to being ready for your baby’s arrival. If you’re expecting a boy, his testicles are likely to have dropped into the scrotum by now. Sometimes, one or both of the testicles don’t descend before birth. If this is the case for your little one, the testicles are likely to drop by the time your baby is 6 months old.

The Size of the Fetus at 34 Weeks Pregnant

At 34 weeks, the average fetus is about the size of a cantaloupe. He may measure nearly 12 inches long, crown to rump, and weigh more than 4 1/2 pounds. Check out the illustration below for a rough idea of what your little one might look like and how your baby may be positioned at 34 weeks.

Mom's Body at 34 Weeks Pregnant

Wondering how many months pregnant you are at 34 weeks? As pregnancy doesn't fit neatly into full months, you could be around seven or eight months pregnant. In the coming weeks, it’s a good idea to watch out for the signs of preterm labor. Preterm labor is when labor starts before 38 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm labor and preterm birth are of concern because babies born too early may not be developed enough and are at high risk of having serious health problems. Some of the signs of preterm labor include

  • mild abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

  • increased vaginal discharge

  • change in vaginal discharge — watery, bloody, or with more mucus

  • constant dull backache in the lower back

  • regular or frequent contractions

  • your water breaking, which could be a large flow or just a slow stream.

If you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins, it's especially important to watch for these signs. When you're expecting twins or multiples, you have about a 50 percent greater chance of going into early labor than if you're having just one baby. Don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns, and learn more about your babies in our twin pregnancy week-by-week guide.

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

At 34 weeks pregnant, here are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions. As you near your due date, Braxton Hicks contractions — also known as prelabor or practice contractions — are more likely to get stronger and occur more often. It’s most likely nothing to worry about if these cramping sensations come at irregular intervals and subside when you change positions, but if you suspect that you are having preterm labor contractions, contact your healthcare provider right away. Although your provider is the best person to assess your symptoms, take the time to learn more about the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and true labor contractions as it might help put your mind at ease.

  • Enlarged breasts. Your breasts are probably becoming even fuller as you roll into the last few weeks of the third trimester. This could cause some discomfort as the skin stretches and becomes itchy. By this time, you’re no stranger to the bit of relief a good moisturizing lotion can provide, but don’t forget that a properly fitting bra can also help. Many specialty underwear shops and department stores have bra fitting specialists who can help you find a bra that fits correctly and gives you maximum support. You may also have to adjust the strap length or use a bra clasp extender as the weeks progress as well as in the first few months of motherhood. Learn even more about breast changes during pregnancy.

  • Pelvic pain. At 34 weeks, as your baby drops lower into your pelvis in preparation for birth, you might experience some pelvic pain, lower-back discomfort, or pressure on your bladder. On the bright side, because your baby has dropped, you may feel less pressure on your diaphragm and lungs, making it easier to breathe. To help relieve any pelvic pain, try to stay off your feet when you feel most uncomfortable. A soak in a warm bath may also give you some relief. If these ideas don’t work, speak to your healthcare provider for further advice on what to do.

  • Swollen ankles and feet. It’s not uncommon for women to have swelling in their ankles and feet at this stage of pregnancy. One way to help relieve the swelling is to reduce standing time as much as you can. Plus, when you’re sitting down, you can prop up your legs on a pillow. For those times when you’re feeling discomfort from the swelling and you can’t sit, wearing supportive shoes might help.

  • Constipation. Bowel movements that are hard to pass and infrequent may occur for many different reasons. Whatever the cause, they can be very uncomfortable! Good tactics include drinking plenty of water, prune juice, or other fruit juices, as well as eating high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, wholegrain bread, and bran cereal. Also, try walking or gentle exercises to help your digestive system. Finally, eating smaller, more frequent meals rather than a few large meals might improve your digestion.

34 Weeks Pregnant: Things to Consider

  • The arrival of a new baby can be hard for older siblings to handle because of all the changes that happen. Parents put a lot of effort into preparing for the new baby and, after the baby arrives, caring for the newborn requires much of the family’s attention. It’s not unusual for older siblings to feel some jealousy and react to the changes by acting out. However, parents can help ease the transition and prepare siblings for the new addition to the family. Talking about the pregnancy in a way that makes sense to older siblings can help. For example, you could explain where the new baby comes from in an age-appropriate way. There are children’s books that can help you with this. Plus, including kids in the preparation for the arrival of the new baby can be a great way to help them embrace the idea of your newborn joining the family. One way to involve your older children is to let them help you shop for items you need for your newborn. It's a good idea to talk to them about the role they can play in helping you with the new baby before he arrives, too. Be sure to spend one-on-one quality time with your older children so they understand they’re still valued and loved members of the family.

  • Calcium helps form and harden your baby’s bones and teeth, so getting enough calcium during pregnancy is a top priority, both for your baby's health and for your own. Your prenatal vitamins may contain calcium, but it’s also important to eat foods that are rich in calcium. Some great food sources other than dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt include sardines, leafy green vegetables like broccoli, and calcium-fortified juices. This means lactose-intolerant moms-to-be have great options for getting extra calcium, too! Learn more about how much calcium you need during pregnancy and ask your healthcare provider whether you’re getting enough. Your provider may recommend you take a calcium supplement or get more by making changes to your diet.

  • The last thing you want to worry about when you go into labor is deciding what to throw into your bag to take to the hospital. That’s why we've compiled a comprehensive hospital bag packing checklist to make sure you don’t leave out those must-haves and nice-to-haves you might want to take with you on the big day. We list the things you, your partner, and your newborn baby will need.

  • If you have time this week, consider stocking up your pantry and pre-cooking batches of food that you can freeze for after your baby’s arrival. Getting these things ready in advance can ensure you have one less thing to worry about when you’re busy tending to your newborn. You might also like to set up online grocery deliveries now so that they’re ready to go, or ask friends and family members to pitch in with delivering some home-cooked meals during those first few weeks postpartum.

  • If you haven’t already, start thinking about what comfort measures you might like during labor, and ask your healthcare provider what options may be available to you. Your options may include medical pain relief options like an epidural as well as non-medical pain relief like massage or focused breathing.

34 Weeks Pregnant: Ask Your Doctor

  • What position is your baby in?

  • If your baby is breech, what are the chances he’ll move into a head-down position?

  • If your baby is breech closer to the due date, what would you recommend?

  • What exercises or stretches can you do to help relieve the pressure on your lower back?

  • Is there an infant CPR training course you recommend?

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

  • Make sure you have the essential gear for your newborn.

  • If you haven’t already chosen a proper baby car seat, now is a good time to take a look at your options.

  • Think about whether you want visitors at the hospital after your baby is born. You might be OK with a few friends and members of your closest family stopping by during hospital visiting hours, but having too many could be stressful. Some parents prefer to organize a sip and see party as opposed to have lots of separate visits.

  • Start finalizing your baby name choice, or at least start consolidating your shortlist of favorite names. Our Baby Name Generator can help you find the perfect name.

  • If you’d like to have a newborn photoshoot, find and book a photographer in your area whose work you like and who you will feel comfortable with. To make your choice, you might like to see some examples of past work, or ask other moms in your area for their recommendations. If the photographer is experienced in newborn shoots, ask him or her for tips on the best time of day to schedule the shoot, where the shoot will take place, and how long the shoot usually takes. You should also talk about whether the shoot will have a theme, and who is responsible for bringing any items like blankets, headbands, and props.

  • There’s so much baby gear out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the choice. We asked Pampers Parents to vote and review the best products in categories ranging from the best stroller to the best breast pump… and everything else in between…to help make your choice a little easier. If you have some spare time this week, check out the best baby products as voted by thousands of Pampers Parents.

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