Week 34

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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  1. 18 May 2016

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  2. stacey3 18 August 2016

    34 weeks! Where has the time gone?! I'm starting to get really nervous about this birth. I have only had 3 girls. I don't know what to expect with a boy...is he going to be bigger than the girls? His head? How much bigger? I'm really nervous about his size. The docs don't seem to be worried about his size at this point. The last scan I had was at 20 weeks, so I don't know if he is big...my husband's brother had 3 boys and they were huge! Almost double the size of my girls. What do I expect?

  3. mumof3tobe4 18 August 2016

    Boys r about same size of girls lol most babies look quite unisex I think the biggest shock is there private parts they r bigger then what I'd think I find cleaning boys harder then girls more so if pooped all over lol my babies under 10th entitle now just waiting to be seen by consultant I assume il be having scan checks next week and week after again to make sure baby stays growing

  4. mumof3tobe4 18 August 2016

    Ok so an update saw consultant she's just under 10th centile now still growth but not as much as they'd like but pretty normal for me so I have scan next week to check fluid and placenta again as fluids gone down abit too then scan at 36 week for growth then it all goes on that if growth is still going down I will be booked in for induction at 37 weeks ish if growth good I will be able to wait till baby is ready I will be able to have stretch and sweep just before induction if comes to induction

  5. stacey3 22 August 2016

    Glad to hear that everything is good now. Hope for the best for you! 37 weeks or more would be great! We made it home from our road trip without baby coming! I had contractions all weekend. Some were pretty strong! I could tell when I was getting dehydrated because the contractions would get more regular. I would drink a glass of water and they would stop. Thanks for making me feel better about the size thing! I am really nervous about that! The boy parts are going to be a change for me. Did you get your boys circumcised? I plan on having it done, because my husband has his done, but the procedure seems scary for a new baby. It seems cruel to introduce the baby to the world with that right away! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

  6. mumof3tobe4 22 August 2016

    Mine havnt been done for me it's unnecessary but everyone has there own thoughts and done as a baby would be so much easier then later I find drinking eases my Braxton hicks too but mine r more period type and can't feel it tightening when hand on stomach

  7. stacey3 22 August 2016

    I will probably leave it up to my husband to decide. I would rather not have it done. My contractions make my whole belly super hard. They start low in my abdomen and by the time they are done, they have reached the top of my belly. They are moderately painful. I'm getting really sore in my groin. I can tell that my pelvis is starting to relax and make room for baby. He is getting lower and lower. Only 38 more days if I go full term! School starts next week for my big girls! The summer went by really fast! My girls are super excited to be heading back to school. I'm bummed! I love being able to spend so much time with them. Once school starts up again, it's just me and my almost 3 year old until they get home, then homework, dinner, reading and bedtime. It's crazy, the amount of homework they have each night. There is usually never any time for fun because it takes around 2 hours to complete just the homework. When baby comes, they will want to be able to spend time holding and playing with him too. It will be just my little girl, baby and I all day until they get home. Hopefully my 3 year old will be loving and kind to him. I hope she doesn't get upset with me for the time I will spend feeding and cuddling him. I will try to involve her in as much of it as I can. She has been the baby for 3 years now. I hope she just wants to help with him and is super sweet to him.

  8. mumof3tobe4 23 August 2016

    I'm not sure how my 2 year old will react with new baby he has possible autism he's more in a world of his own to being over loving and protective to destructive so anything could happen 7 year olds ready for school he's bored now he goes back 6th Sept daughter the 7th but she's anxious going to new school my youngest starts at a child minders for 15 hours from Sept so some quieter days too which will be nice in a way when baby is here as we have bonding time but able to keep 2 year old in his routine but quite scary at same time

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