34 Weeks Pregnant

34 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is inching closer and closer to the full length and is now measuring between 15 ½ to 17 ½ inches long and weighing around 5 to 5 ½ pounds.*

34 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

My growing baby is developing inside more and more with the central nervous system and lungs maturing.  Most of what my baby is doing now is just that – maturing.  The best thing is for your baby to remain inside until the due date, but the good news is that the baby has a good chance of surviving if birthed at this time.

34 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

Every pregnancy is different and your measurements may not be exactly like those around you.  The thing you want to monitor is not what everyone else is doing but rather what you are doing.  The most important thing is that your uterus is growing at a consistent rate.  Your amniotic fluid is going to peak sometime between now and week 36.  After that, it will begin to decrease making more room for the baby.  This may make a difference in how the movements of your baby feel to you.  You will also probably notice that your belly button has become an “outie.” and if not, it could become one really soon.

34 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Your healthcare provider may have already discussed some of these things, but if not plan on these for your next prenatal care visit.  Here is a list of tests and discussion topics:

  • Group B Strep test
  • Danger signs and precautions
  • Location of the ER and the Labor and Delivery entrance
  • Pre-registration packet
  • Pain management options
  • Cesarean Birth (if needed)
  • Birth control methods for after delivery
  • Scheduled visits for remainder of pregnancy and post-partum

34 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Your childbirth classes are going to prepare you for the labor and birth process.  More than likely you have already heard some of these things, but it never hurts to reiterate things you have learned making you more comfortable with what is going to happen.  Here is a brief description of the three stages of labor:

  • The first stage of labor begins at the onset of true labor and lasts until the cervix has dilated to 10 cm. Normally a woman heads to the hospital once she has entered into the active labor phase (contractions are about 5 minutes apart).
  • The second stage of labor continues after the cervix is dilated to 10 cm until the delivery of your baby.
  • The third stage of labor involves the delivery of your placenta and is the shortest of the three stages. It typically takes 5 to 30 minutes to deliver the placenta.

34 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Avoiding an epsiotomy is probably a goal of your partner.  You can help her by providing a perineal massage which can help stretchout hte muscles of the perineum and make it easier for her to give birth.  No matter what, this will be a form of intimacy, but it is not a sexual thing.  Focus on giving her the care and attention she needs.  Your healthcare provider or childbirth classes should be able to give you instructions on providing a perienal massage.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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