At 34 weeks pregnant, you might be feeling a little anxious now.
The idea of giving birth could feel daunting.
Especially with all the ‘well meant’ advice coming your way.
34 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
It’s really important you surround yourself with positivity leading up to giving birth.
Most often the negative things you hear are related to other people’s experience.
This doesn’t mean you’ll have the same birth experience.
It’s especially hard when your mother, and older women in your life, have a very negative view of birth.
If possible, ask them to keep their views to themselves to avoid stressing you out.
It can help to know what normal, undisturbed labour actually is, to ease your mind about coping and getting through.
Things To Do At 34 Weeks Pregnant
It’s important to focus on having some quality time with your partner right now.
You’re getting closer to your due date and very soon you’ll both be a little preoccupied.
A babymoon break is a great way to spend some time together and enjoy the last weeks of being just you two.
Try to finish the task of getting together everything you need for your nursery.
If you’re unsure about the best way to move baby about, why not consider a baby carrier?
You might find this is the best investment you make. There are a lot of options to choose from.
Babywearing is very popular these days, as mamas discover their babies love to be held.
Using a carrier means you can go for a walk, do some housework or play with your other children, while you hold your baby.
Having your hands and arms free can help a lot, especially in the early weeks when your baby really wants to be close to you.
Check out our informative article Choosing a Baby Carrier Or Sling – 7 Styles to Choose From to help you decide if a carrier or sling is a good choice for you.
If you’re still unsure about breastfeeding, now is a great time to attend a local breastfeeding class.
A breastfeeding class will help you and your partner to understand the importance of breastmilk for your baby.
It’s also great for your partner to learn how best to support you in breastfeeding your baby.
If breastfeeding is a challenge, as it can be for some women, you will be informed about what to do and when to seek support from a lactation consultant.
34 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
You’re probably starting to feel you’ve had enough of being pregnant.
The last weeks can be emotionally and physically tough for many pregnant women.
When you’re 34 weeks pregnant, all of your usual pregnancy symptoms are back.
Heartburn, swollen feet and lack of sleep are common – as are haemorrhoids and constipation.
You might also start to experience blurry vision.
It’s caused by a combination of sleep deprivation, pregnancy hormones and fluid building up in your body.
As long as you don’t have any other symptoms, such as high blood pressure or protein in your urine, blurry vision can be a normal part of pregnancy.
If you’d like some relief, a natural therapy, like naturopathy, acupuncture and massage, can be a saviour.
Your care provider might have recommended you have the Group Strep B test between 35 weeks and 37 weeks pregnancy.
This is a vaginal swab that checks whether you test positive for the bacteria.
To find out more, be sure to read our articles Group B Strep During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know and Routine Group B Strep Screening.
34 Weeks Pregnant: Signs Of Labour
If you’re a first time mama you’re probably analysing every little niggle and symptom for signs of labour.
It’s not unusual for your body to start preparing weeks before you actually go into labour.
It’s still a little early but getting to know the signs of labour will help you pinpoint them when it’s the real deal.
Be sure to read Signs Of Labour – 7 Signs You Might Be In Labour for more information.
It can be difficult to tell what prelabour feels like, as there can be very mild signs which are only obvious later on.
Prelabour can go on for days, even weeks, which also adds to your frustration as you wake up each day still pregnant.
Be patient. And remember there is a process at work behind the scenes.
You also have innate abilities when it comes to birth – even if you’ve never given birth before.
Your body has been designed to birth your baby.
The process of labour is an incredible interaction between your body and your baby.
34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby
If your baby is a boy, his testicles might have descended by now.
When your baby is born you might notice the genitals are quite puffy and swollen.
This can be disconcerting but it’s a result of your pregnancy hormones.
This swelling and puffiness will settle after a few weeks.
His fingernails are also growing. By the time he’s born, he might already need a manicure!
Your baby’s adrenal glands are kicking up cortisol production.
Cortisol stimulates the production of lung surfactant.
Lung surfactant is linked to when labour actually kicks off.
Even after 36 weeks of pregnancy your baby’s lungs are still undergoing development.
It’s important to give them all the time they need to gestate, which is why it’s best to avoid unnecessary induction.
What Causes Labour To Start? has plenty of information about your baby’s lung development and labour.
At 34 weeks pregnant, your baby’s weight could be as much as 2.6 kgs, and he is about 39-48 cm long – about the size of a cantaloupe.