34 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips
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How Big Is My Baby At 34 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby continues to refine his/her systems and putting on significant weight. The bay is about the size of a pineapple, is about 17.72 inches long, and weighs about 4.73 pounds.
- All major organs are fully developed except for brain and lungs.
- Fingernails reached fingertips, but toenails are not fully grown.
- If the baby is a boy, his testicles move down from abdomen to the scrotum.
- If the baby is a girl, her vulva appears puffy and swollen.
- Vernix, the sticky substance that protects the skin, is covering the skin.
- Lanugo, the soft, downy hair that covered your baby, has disappeared.
34 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Fatigue: You may feel exhausted and bothered by fatigue and tiredness. This happens as you carry all that extra weight and the extra work of your body to support the growing baby. This happens despite having a good night’s sleep. Try and take as much rest as possible and sleep well.
Blurred Vision: You may have blurred vision due to a combination of hormones, build-up of fluid in your eyes, and lack of sleep. Your need not worry, as it is a temporary side effect of pregnancy and is normal.
Increased Vaginal Discharge: You may experience increased vaginal discharge as you get closer to the delivery. This happens due to hormones and increased blood flow to the pelvic area. The main purpose of this discharge is to prevent infections from reaching the uterus. It is normal and is not a cause to worry. Call your doctor if it is heavy, colored, tinged with blood, has a foul odor, or causes discomfort.
Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may feel irregular and less painful contractions as your uterus becomes tight and prepares for labor. These miniature contractions are perfectly normal at this point of your pregnancy. They help prepare your body for the real contractions. They normally disappear when you change positions. Call your doctor if contractions persist.
Skin Changes: You may notice patches of red, itchy bumps on stomach, thighs, and buttocks. These are called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. These are harmless.
Constipation: During pregnancy, hormones slow down the digestive system, leaving you constipated. This is an ongoing symptom you have to live with all the way through the pregnancy. Eating enough fiber, wholemeal breads, cereals, and drinking plenty of water will help.
Hemorrhoid: Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and almost half of the pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed, and bulging veins in the rectum and anus. They can cause discomfort, itching, pain, and bleeding. Increased volume of the blood during pregnancy can cause veins to swell and enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Constipation can worsen hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids usually improve after giving birth.
Swollen Ankles And Feet: You may notice swelling of your feet and ankles. This happens because of poor blood circulation in your legs. This can also happen due to excess fluid retention in your body. This is normal and there is no cause for worry. Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time and popping your feet up high will help.
Abdominal Pressure: As your baby settles down lower and prepares to for arrival, you may feel increased pressure in the pelvic and needing to pee frequently.
Shortness Of Breath: You may have trouble breathing freely. This happens as your baby grows and your uterus expands, other organs will get compressed to make room for her.
Insomnia: Your sleep may be disrupted by body aches, leg cramps, anxiety, and frequent urination.
Leaking Breasts: Your breasts may leak a yellowish substance called colostrum. Colostrum is the first form of mild produced by your breast, which your baby will drink immediately after birth. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease.
34 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Enroll in a breastfeeding class and prepare well for breastfeeding.
- Prepare your baby’s nursery well in advance.
- Wear breathable loose clothes and a supportive bra to feel comfortable.
- Include healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meat, cereals, and dairy products in your diet.
- Eat small meals or snacks at regular intervals for better digestion and to prevent heartburn.
- Keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day.
- Take plenty of rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day.
- Avoid long and strenuous physical activity, exercises involving jerky or sudden movements.
- Spend time or keep in touch with family, friends, and other loved ones and share your feelings. This will help you to cope with stress and anxiety and stay calm and relaxed.
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