At week 34, your baby is getting ready for delivery. Your two weeks away into entering the last month of your pregnancy. You are probably noticing more weight and growth yourself. The baby has probably settled into position for birth.
If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know any babies born between 34 to 37 weeks will have over 98 % survival rate with no abnormalities and no complications.
Sensory Organ Development
The baby at week 34 is able to determine daytime and nighttime. The baby also has a distinct sleep pattern closing his eyes while sleeping and opening them when awake.
The baby keeps getting rounder and plumber with the fat layer growing underneath. The fat layer also helps the baby been smoother.
Sexual Organ Development
If you’re carrying a boy, during this week his testicles are moving into place. The testicles move down to his scrotum from the abs.
At week 34, the baby is the size of a cantaloupe. The baby weighs now about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long.
During this stage the amniotic fluid volume is increasing weekly. The amniotic fluid helps the baby’s mobility with the limited space in the womb. Majority of baby’s at week 34 have already positioned themselves head down.
Each week your uterus continues to grow. The top uterus can now be felt about 5.5 inches above your bellybutton. Expect to gain about 1 pound per week in the third trimester.
Your body is getting prepared for childbirth by producing relaxing hormones. The hormones are responsible for loosening the joints and muscles.
At week 34,an ultrasound exam will help doctor detect any complications such as low-lying placenta. The ultrasound also will detect if the baby is position correctly ready for birth. The prenatal routine at week 34 helps check for blood pressure and assess any risk of preeclampsia.
If you’re carrying twins at week 34 the doctor will recommend a stress test. It helps to detect any gestational diabetes or hypertension.
The early signs and symptoms of
pregnancy have decreased. However, they are many new symptoms happening in 34
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