What To Expect at Pregnancy Week 34
Being pregnant is an incredibly rewarding experience! It’s also full of changes that can affect your body and your emotions. So, if you’ve just passed your 33rd week of pregnancy, this article is for you! Here’s what you likely can expect to experience during pregnancy week 34.
Your Baby’s Development
At 34 weeks pregnant, your baby is likely close to 18 inches in length and over five pounds in weight. While these measurements will vary slightly, these are typical readings of babies in their 34th week of gestation. At this stage, your baby’s organs have nearly developed completely, and their bones have been completely formed for many weeks now. Most of their energy in the final weeks of pregnancy will be focused on developing their muscles and brain.
Changes to Your Body
At this stage of your pregnancy, you may experience some common physical changes, such as:
- Heavier back pain
- Braxton Hicks contractions
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Shortness of breath
In addition to physical changes, you may also start to notice some emotional changes. This is normal, so don’t be alarmed. Some women may experience more anxiety or many more decisions to make than they had anticipated. It is important to remember to take care of yourself during this time. Consult with your health care provider if your emotional changes seem to be too much to handle.
Self-care and Preparing for the Baby
It is important to take care of yourself while pregnant, especially during week 34. Take time out to rest, exercise, and just simply take a break from the day-to-day grind.
You may also want to spend some time preparing for your baby’s arrival. Consider things like setting up a nursery and stocking up on necessary baby items. You may also want to think about a birth plan to discuss with your health care provider.
Time for Your Health Care Providers Visit
At week 34 of your pregnancy, you may have or will soon have a visit with your health care provider. Make sure to raise any questions or concerns that you may have so that your provider can provide the appropriate guidance.
It is also likely that they will measure your belly to ensure that your baby is growing normally. They may also check your blood pressure and urine, as well as discuss any procedures that will occur around the time of your baby’s birth.
At pregnancy week 34, you are soon beginning the final stretch of your pregnancy journey. You can expect physical and emotional changes as your body adapts to the baby growing inside of you. Don’t forget to take time to care for yourself and make necessary plans for the baby’s arrival. You will also likely have a visit with your health care provider. Congratulations on making it this far- you are almost there!
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