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You are 34 weeks pregnant.

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Your baby's crown-to-rump length this week is approximately 12.8 inches and the total length is around 19.8 inches at this time. Your baby now weighs almost 5 pounds. From your bellybutton, it is about 5.6 inches to the top of your uterus. Measurements of your uterus vary from woman to woman. You should not worry if you do not measure the exact same as your pregnancy friends or family members as long as you are growing appropriately. When your uterus grows and gets larger at an appropriate rate, it shows that your baby is growing well inside of your uterus.

Growth of the womb during pregnancyBraxton-Hicks contractions are going to get stronger and more frequent within the next few weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions feel like a tightening at the top of your uterus that spreads down and then relaxes. Many women mistake Braxton-Hicks contractions for true labor contractions, but this is rarely the case. Braxton-Hicks contractions will diminish if you get up and walk around and they should not be painful.

Your baby's hair continues to get longer and thicker. Your baby's hair color probably is not going to be the same color from birth onwards, so you should expect it to change in color. Your baby is shedding most of lanugo, but the amount of vernix caseosa is increasing. Your baby is taking calcium from you to lay down lots of bone. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium.

If you were to deliver your baby now, it would probably be called a pre-term infant instead of premature. The only difference is in the maturity, particularly lung maturity. A pre-term baby is less likely to need intensive care because its lungs have developed. Doctors can test lung maturity with an amniocentesis that checks levels of surfactant.

The baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating.

Fingernails now reach over the finger tips and the baby can scratch itself.

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monkeymomma - 24 days ago
Clock is ticking! I feel great aside from being exhausted in the evening.

TaraR - 35 days ago
Thanks RowdyRandi!! That definitely makes me feel better. :)

RowdyRandi - 35 days ago
Good Luck TaraR! My first was born at 36 wks and she is just fine. Hope everything goes well for you

TaraR - 36 days ago
I plan on resting! And yes....I feel so much better after this appointment knowing that he would be ok at this point if he comes early! Sooo relieved!! I hope everyone is doing well!

Kekea - 36 days ago
Well take it easy. Im sure it is comforting to know that babies born after 34 weeks do well Generally...

TaraR - 36 days ago
I just got back. His head is right on my pubic bone...he's in the position. I'm starting to dilate. He said if I go into labor they won't try to stop it. He doesn't think I'll make it until 10-9. So we will see how things go. I'm still having contractions but they are super irregular.

Kekea - 36 days ago
TaraR how was your appt?

RowdyRandi - 37 days ago
Good luck tarar. hope everything is ok

TaraR - 37 days ago
Contractions have slowed down. I'm still having them just not as frequent. I go to the Dr in the morning so we'll see what he says. Little Mister has slowed way down. Not too much movement at all today.

Kekea - 38 days ago
TaraR you are in my thoughts keep us updated.

TaraR - 38 days ago
I called and they said to time them and if they are still regular and coming every 10 minutes then I need to head to the hospital. If it's real labor then they would try to stop it at this point.

RowdyRandi - 38 days ago
TaraR have u called dr. Sounds like your water might have a slow leak. You could be in real labor

TaraR - 39 days ago
I started having contractions yesterday. They were coming every 10-12 minutes. It lasted all day, all evening and all night. I woke up and my underwear was wet and I had some discharge. Still having pains today...not coming as close together. Trying to relax and takes things easy. I go to the doctor Wednesday.

RowdyRandi - 39 days ago
Awe oh heavens well thank you kekea. It does sometimes feel like i spend more time on the road running errands than i do at home. So of course when I'm home I'm doing chores. A woman's work is never done lol. Hoping i'll have help after baby is born for a little bit but not gonna hold my breath lol.

Kekea - 39 days ago
RowdyRandi the more reason to admire you. I tell my coworkers all the time that home is the real job and work is my break. Lol.

RowdyRandi - 39 days ago
Btw kekea I'm a stay at home mom with only one child at the moment so that helps me to have more time than you to do all that stuff. Please don't try to catch up to me with preparing. You've got more on your plate with work and more children than me

RowdyRandi - 39 days ago
Oh i definitely am kekea. Just wish baby was as ready as me haha. I want him to be healthy and us have an uncomplicated l & d but yep I'm ready to be done. My hubby surprised me by saying he was ready too. Our last one he wasn't.

Kekea - 39 days ago
RowdyRandy you sound good to go. Im trying to get on your level ;-)

RowdyRandi - 39 days ago
I actually finished all my baby stuff cleaning. Of course i have regular chores and house cleaning to do but that never ends lol. I have my gbs on tuesday i'll be 35 & 1 wks. I'm nervous about finding out if my cervix is doing anything yet too. I'm hoping it is cuz i am miserable and ready for this pregnancy to be over. My bags are all packed just gotta put everything in car. Kekea I've also put most summer stuff away and pulled out fall clothes

Kekea - 40 days ago
Noooo 1morefor4. You are my motivation. But you are absolutly right. It can take me 3 bours to clean and it takes rhem 20 minutes max to totally destroy again. Im really trying to tackle all of rhesr clotges we have. And tge weather is changing so I have to pull out fall clothes.

1morefor4 - 40 days ago
I've given up on the house. With 3 little ones it won't stay clean. So I'm giving up. When DH gets back I'll work on my hospital bag and straighten up enough to move the baby's things in from my MIL's house. I just want to make it to 38 weeks. But I'm emotionally and physically over being pregnant.

Kekea - 40 days ago
TaraR 1cm baby was still pretty high so nothing major at all. I did have some mucusy discharge a couple of days later. Figured I was starting to loose my plug. Like you ladies ive been having the uncomfortable braxton hicks contractions. All the joys of the last few weeks. 1morefor4 mine has been workinging out of town for the last few weeks. Everytime I talk to him he ask if im in labor. Lol. He actually missed the birth of our last child because he was working out of state and he couldnt get home fast enough. At any rate I think im going to pack my diaper bag this week. I have been working hard on the house and im going to tackle the van next weekend.

1morefor4 - 40 days ago
kekea--if dh wasn't on vacation my midwife would have started me on weekly appointments and I would be getting it next week at 35+2 but I asked for 2 weeks so I go back at 36+2. I just hope it's negative. I tested positive early with DS#2 through a urine sample but he came so fast when I got to the hospital that I only received 15 minutes of antibiotics.

TaraR - 40 days ago
Kekea....have you started dilating yet?

Kekea - 40 days ago
1morefor4 I had mine at 35.2 weeks and I also had an internal exam.

1morefor4 - 40 days ago
When is everyone getting a GBS test done? I go back at 36 weeks 2 days and will have the swab done that day. I'm not sure if I want an internal to find out about dilation that day or not. It's like I want to know but I'm scared of knowing.

PaulaSoon2b8 - 41 days ago
Kekea I went with the Peg Perego triple buggy. All seats are reversible, and full sized seats, lay back and full canopies. I was able to find one gently used for an amazing price. We took our boys for a walk the other day cause they were so excited....can't wait to fill the 3rd seat :)

TaraR - 42 days ago
@1morefor4...I didn't sleep at all last night. Pains were coming and going. I feel very blah today and pains are still there but very irregular. But my back is aching...I can't seem to get comfy! I go back to the dr next Wednesday. I've been trying to take it easy.

1morefor4 - 42 days ago
TaraR--I was having them this morning. I'm trying to stay off my feet because DH is headed on a trip for the next week and I am not willing to take any chances.

TaraR - 43 days ago
Hello ladies! Just stopped by to say hi! Hope everyone is doing well. I've been having period like cramps all afternoon. We are getting super close!

RowdyRandi - 43 days ago
paulasoon2B8 I'm a lil afraid of not making it to hospital too. Our hospital is 1 1/2 hrs away.

Kekea - 43 days ago
Paulasoon2b8 I think that in some cases planed inductions are best and I think that your case is one of them. You dont want to be giving birth in the back seat in route to the hospital. Lol. What a story that would be. It was you who told me that. The best thing ive heard all pregnancy. Lol. I should really invest in a triple stroller. I was just going to use the double for my 1 and 2 year old and buy a single one for my baby girl but that would mean that I would always need someone else with me. My double stroller was one of my greatest investments. Lol. I used it for my first 2, and then, my middle two, and now my last two but it may be time for a triple. What kind did you choose?

PaulaSoon2b8 - 44 days ago
kekea and will both be wonderful:) It may have been me who told you not to worry Mama....I am going from 7 to 8 in 5 weeks....and for some reason I am just not worried at all. We pick up our triple stroller we are going to have a just turned 3 year old who still naps, and will need a spot for long trips :) A 1.5 year old and soon our new born:) Hoping tomorrow a my appointment that we will get an actual date so I can plan better. I may try a couple natural remedies...but because the hospital is 45 minutes away and I am at risk for a rapid may not be a safe option for us. I wish you all the very best...and I know you will all be wonderful with your 3, 4, 5 or 6 children...whatever number you are at. Can't wait to start reading birthing stories...almost there ladies :)

Kekea - 48 days ago
Sounds exciting mamalaira. I cant wait ti hear your birth story. We are so close!!! It is funny because that is the very reason we have decided that our family is complete!

mamalira - 48 days ago
Keka I just got everything delivered yesterday!! My midwife will be here along with her apprentice, my cousin who has attended both of my previous births (she is a labor and delivery nurse), my aunt and my husband will all be here. My acid refluxe seems to get worse each pregnancy. I wake up choking on acid multiple times in the middle of the night. I am exhausted and that makes me a not nice mommy. That is part of the reason I am done with babies after this one. I don't want my son to only remember mommy being crabby at him (he will be 5 at the end of OCT.) My daughter I am not worried about so much she is 2 1/2. The other thing that is miserable (TMI alert) is my hemorrhoids they have come sooner than the last two and feel way worse. Thanks for the encouragement on going from 2 to 3 I appreciate it!

Kekea - 49 days ago
Mamalira im always in a panic. Someone on the site told me that the transition from 4-5 is not a that hard and i try to keep that in mind. Let me tell you that 2-3 is not bad at all. I had a two year old, a four year old and a new born.If my daughter came today or tomorrow she would be fine as well except everyone would think that she is a boy because i only have boy items. I havent been as dependent on the toms this pregnancy. I dont know if its becaus3 i am tougher. Lol. Or that its not that bad. I went to sleep frustrated at the kids a few nights ago and woke up in agonizing pain from acid reflux. I joked that it was punishment. As for the pregnancy i am completely miserable. My body is preventing me from being the best mom that i can be and that is making me so emotional. I have to go to my doctor once a w3ek and the specialist once a week which is draining. I am definitely done with having children so despite everything i am trying to enjoy these last few weeks. Have you recieved everything for your home birth? Will you be having anyone attending?

mamalira - 50 days ago
My midwife told me to eat dried papaya and avoid tums. It was a joke does no good for me at all. I have been having to take a Zantac and tums at bed time or I wake up choking on stomach acid. If this baby comes luckily I don't truly need anything as I have two kids already so I have a carseat and the essentials I just would prefer to go and get a new one for her. I have spent the morning yelling at my 2 year old with a crappy attitude and all I can think is what was I thinking. I can't handle the two that I have let alone adding another. I know in my heart that things will be fine and calm down but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment.

Kekea - 50 days ago
Oh and mamalira i am totally unprepared at tgis moment for my little one...

Kekea - 50 days ago
Acid reflux is killing me as well

mamalira - 50 days ago
I have been super tired too. But seriously don't think I am ready for her to be here yet either. I am totally over the acid reflux!

kekea - 51 days ago
I'll be going on maternity leave in exactly one month from today if my baby choose to stay put that long. I am exhausted and taking it day by day at this point...

mamalira - 52 days ago
Hello 34 weeks! Baby will be here soon now. I have all of my home birth stuff on its way. I am excited, this pregnancy has just absolutely flown by for me!

kekea - 54 days ago
34 weeks down... 4 more to go... feeling anxious.

beckym - 69 days ago
I have been getting sharp abdominal pains the past few days and a lot of pressure like the baby dropped. The obgyn had me do an ultrasound, I said they had 2 minutes, everything looked good, baby is head down, placenta is attached in normal position, amniotic fluid is at a normal level. They did an internal exam, no dialation, cervix is not effaced. They think the pain is from my laproscopic gallbladder surgery that included hernia repair, that I may have irritated it. So I am taking it easy, about time I do anyway, coming to the end of this pregnancy, makes sense!

beckym - 74 days ago
34 weeks!

mrscephas - 79 days ago
I had a labour and delivery group class today with the women's health physiotherapist. There was 8 of us between 33-39 weeks, including a twin pregnancy and what we had in common was pelvic girdle pain. She told us best positions for labouring and to try and avoid opening our legs too wide which aggravates the pain. Also to stay away from stirrups unless absolutely necessary and for a short period during delivery.

mrscephas - 85 days ago
In a few hrs I'll be 34 weeks, meaning 6 more weeks till D-day! I'm working till end of this month, so 2 more weeks to maternity leave yay!!!

xEricaLynn - 95 days ago
34 weeks today. Our baby boy is still doing good. God willing, we will be taking home our first earthly baby in 6 weeks. He has six angel siblings in Heaven watching over him. - 128 days ago
34 weeks today! As the weeks go on I'm getting more anxious as well as nervous. My excitement is kicking in but I also finding myself doubting myself about will I be able to raise four kids. I feel like I'm a great mother, I have a wonderful support system from family, and an amazing partner, but for some reason I'm still nervous. I guess it's normal at this phase to feel like that because life as i know it will change in 3 weeks. I was looking over my other kids baby pictures the past couple of days and I thought about how they are so amazing. It just brought back a lot of memories and then I started to think about what kind of memories I'd make this little one. The kids are excited about meeting their little brother, especially my son talks to my stomach I know this is a long post, I was just expressing a couple of things that was on my mind. Back to the countdown though, three weeks until delivery!

KristinaA - 198 days ago
So at my 28 wk apt, my OB recommended that I get a Whooping Cough booster vaccine. She said it is now recommended for every pregnancy b/c it passes immunity on to the baby. I am a complete wuss when it comes to shots... but my 5 year old came down with a bad ear infection last week, and he has sensory issues and will not take medicine, so I made a deal w/ him and we both went to the Urgent Care and got shots. He got an antibiotic shot and made a full recovery. I got the dTap shot and it's been like 6 days and I still have a big ole sore bruise, but very proud I finally got it. I've needed that booster for like 20 years!

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