Week by Week

What pregnant women need to know in week 34 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Baby Development

How is my baby growing?

Your baby now is about the size of a cantaloupe, weighs about 2.15kg and the length is about 46cm from head to heel. Until now, most babies will be in the position for delivery and doctor can tell you if your baby is positioned head or bottom first.

Maternal calcium intake is extremely important during pregnancy because your baby will draw calcium from the mother to make and harden its bones. If you doesn’t get enough calcium during pregnancy, it can affect your own bones because your developing baby will take minerals from the your skeletal structure as needed.

The vernix coating on your baby’s skin is becoming thicker, whereas lanugo hair is almost completely gone.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you’re under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable.

Now is the time for you to slow down and save up your energy for labor day and beyond. If you’ve been sitting or lying down for a long time, don’t jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy. If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.

Up to one percent of pregnant women develop pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your doctor so she can make sure it’s not a more serious problem, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don’t have a rash. It could be a signal of liver problem.

What should I be concerned about?

More than 85 percent of women has undamaged mucus plug when delivery. Even if you are in 15 percent of women who lose mucus plug before delivery, amniotic fluid will not fall down. Unless you lie down, amniotic fluid is less likely to stream down and just dribbling due to your body is upright, the head of your baby is like a stopper and stop the opening of the uterus and keep all the amniotic fluid inside.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

You should discuss about every logistic services for delivery in the next meeting with yur doctor. Jot down all necessary information because you will likely to forget the instructions when you have contractions. Be sure that you know the best way to the place of giving birth, the distance to get there at different moments of the day, and the means if you do not have anyone to carry you.

What tests should I know about?

You will spend more time in the doctor’s office in this month than ever.  These tests will be more interesting: doctor will estimate your baby’s size and even predict the time of delivery. Doctor may give you variable tests based on your requirements and doctor’s style, they include:

  • Weight (weight gain will stop or decrease in this time);
  • Blood pressure (may be higher than the second trimester);
  • Urine screen to check the levels of sugar and protein;
  • Legs varicose, hands and feet swelling;
  • Check the size of uterus by testing the inside to see how thin it is and start to stretch;
  • The height of the fundus (the top of the uterus);
  • Fetal heart rate test;
  • The size of the fetus, the direction of delivery (head first or bottom first), position ( face down or face up) through touching;
  • List of questions you want to ask your doctor, especially what relates to labor and delivery, including the frequency and the lasting time of Braxton Hicks contractions, and pre-existing symptoms, especially abnormal symptoms.

Health & Safety

What should I know about staying healthy and safe during pregnancy?

As long as the chemicals are appropriately monitored, swimming in a chlorinated pool isn’t a problem at all. It might actually make you feel good, especially later in your pregnancy, to float in the water and experience weightlessness.

To date, there are no data indicating an increased risk for birth defects associated with swimming in chlorinated pools. In fact, getting into an unchlorinated pool might be more of a risk, since swimmers there often acquire skin infection.

How will your baby’s growing in next week?

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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