34 Weeks Pregnant: What is Happening Inside Your Womb?

34th Week Pregnancy
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The 34th week brings women closer to the reality of motherhood. Fear and anxiety are on the rise steadily, and the final touches involve sudden drastic changes that the mother may feel burdened and stressed. At 34th week of pregnancy, the amniotic fluid appreciates unwaveringly in terms of volume. By the end of the week, it then depreciates to give the baby space for movement. This article provides an overview on the fetal development, maternal changes, signs and symptoms and some interesting facts about the 34th week of pregnancy.

Did you know that a woman’s uterus can expand up to 500 times its normal size during pregnancy?

Height: 17.72 inches, 45 cm
Weight: 4.73 pounds, 2146 grams

What Happens to the Baby?

With the final stages of growth, the baby skin grows thicker than ever. Fats are filling the baby out, thus making him/her rounder. At this point, the baby’s nails reach the top of the cuticle. For boys, the testicles begin to make their way to the scrotum. This however appears to about 95% of the total boys born. The remaining percentage normally makes its way before the first year is over. Meanwhile, baby’s lungs and central nervous system continue to mature. At 34th week of pregnancy, the baby can be safely delivered without any impending fear of health problems.

What Happens to the Mother?

The normal pregnancy symptoms will still be seen. Heartburn, swollen feet and lack of sleep are quite regular at this point. Partly, these symptoms are aggravated by the fear and anxiety caused by the reality of the baby’s coming. Tossing, turning and bathroom trips are more frequent than normal. Mothers at this point should need more to relax and limit exercise or physical activity to save up the right amount of energy for the Labor Day. A condition in the name of PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) may be felt by pregnant mothers, which are characterized by itchy red bumps on belly, thighs or buttocks. This rare condition is often seen in mothers who are carrying baby boys but considered harmless. However, if this is something you encounter, consult your doctor right away since it can likewise signify a liver problem.

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Tips at 34th Week of Pregnancy

Expectant mothers should drink lot of water to keep their bodies hydrated and to keep up a well-moisturized and healthy skin. The amount of water a pregnant mother takes also determines the volume of amniotic fluid, and helps avoid contractures (a fetus lacking space for movement). At this period of pregnancy, pregnant mothers may begin to ask her doctor for tips about the conception process. Get familiar with the details as this helps pregnant mothers in finding some psychological stability especially if it is the first child delivery. Anxiety may also be curbed by associating with other expectant mothers. Sharing the different experiences may shift their attention and as a result, ease one’s distress.

Difficulty of sleeping is one of the most commonly addressed problems at 34th week of pregnancy. To aid a good night sleep, here are some things that pregnant mothers ought to do before sliding to bed: take a warm shower, drink warm milk, read books, avoid drinking caffeinated drinks 6 hours prior to sleep and use satin material (e.g pajamas, bed sheets).

Additional Information: ‘Smart Foods’ that enhance* the Intelligence of Fetus

While tales may be told of certain foods that have an impact on the fetus’ brain development, several clinical evidences have actually supported these ‘myths’. Foods rich in Vitamin A, B, and E are proved to have a huge impact on brain activity. In fact, it is purported that lack of these components in the mother’s diet may result in a baby’s brain malfunction.

While proper nutrition and diet can substantially impact one’s health, it should be stressed that fetus brain development is not only influenced by foods that pregnant mothers take in but the amount of poisonous chemicals and pollution that moms-to-be are exposed to all the more count. Nicotine, cleaning agents and smoke are only few substances that can harm the mother and the baby during pregnancy. On the contrary, swimming, reading books aloud and listening to music are stimulating activities that can trigger the fetus’ developing brain and improving* baby’s connection to the environment.

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Expert Author : Peony C Echavez (Consumer Health Digest)

Peony is a registered nurse, and former Director of Nursing services for a
large nursing facility. She has written web content for a large health education website, and currently creates content for a number of health
practisioners.