As your belly grows during pregnancy week 34, your baby puts more pressure on your stomach and diaphragm, causing heartburn and shortness of breath. Rest will be the keyword for your current week!
Baby keeps growing and preparing for the D-day. His skin turns pink, he is around 40 cm long and weighs about 2 kilos.
Symptoms Of Pregnancy Week 34
Your uterus has increased by 500 times, which still bothers you, especially at bedtime… it is therefore very difficult to find a good sleeping position at this time. To make things worse, the baby presses on the bladder, leading to frequent urination during the night.
Your baby also squeezes your stomach, intestines, and diaphragm causing abdominal pain, heartburn, stomach aches, and shortness of breath. In addition, you may feel dizzy due to blood vessel compression. The best way to deal with all these discomforts is rest.
Because of water retention or edema, your hands, ankles, feet, and face may swell. Drink plenty of water and if the swelling is very severe and you have a headache, talk to your doctor immediately, as this may be a sign of preeclampsia.
Most organs are ready for external uterine life. Except for the lungs, they still need maturity. The fat keeps settling on the baby’s body, giving the skin a very pink look. The brain develops, further increasing the connections between nerve cells. The bones of his skull remain flexible, which will facilitate childbirth.
The fetus also develops its own immune system. It completely fills all of the uterus cavity, leaving little space for his physical moves. Your doctor will now monitor the baby’s state closely, as some babies may return to the breech position just before birth.
Pregnancy Week 34: What To Do?
You can feel these famous “Braxton-Hicks contractions” – a simple repetition of the body before labor. These contractions have nothing to do with those marking the onset of real labor.
Your doctor will inform you about the first stages of labor. You may have previously heard about it during your pregnancy course; as labor nears, the cervix begins to dilate by about 3 to 4 cm. The contractions will last about 30 to 45 seconds, which will give you 5 to 30 minutes of rest between contractions.