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Pregnancy 34 Weeks

Pregnancy: Week 34

Your Baby’s Development

At 34 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a small cantaloupe, measuring approximately 17.5 inches (44.5 centimeters) in length and weighing around 4.5 pounds (2 kilograms). Your baby’s body is filling out, and their skin is becoming smoother and less wrinkled.

Your Baby’s Movements

Your baby is very active at this stage and may be moving around frequently. You may feel kicks, punches, and rolls throughout the day. These movements are a sign that your baby is healthy and growing strong.

Your Body Changes

Your belly is continuing to grow, and you may be experiencing some discomfort as your uterus expands. You may also notice increased swelling in your feet, ankles, and hands. This swelling is caused by fluid retention and is usually nothing to worry about.

Common Symptoms

At 34 weeks pregnant, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Back pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue

Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular contractions that can occur throughout pregnancy. They are usually painless and last for about 30 seconds to a minute. Braxton Hicks contractions are a sign that your body is preparing for labor, but they are not true labor contractions.

True Labor Contractions

True labor contractions are regular, painful contractions that gradually increase in intensity and frequency. If you are experiencing true labor contractions, you should contact your doctor or midwife immediately.

What to Expect at Your Doctor’s Appointment

At your 34-week appointment, your doctor or midwife will:

  • Check your weight and blood pressure
  • Measure your belly
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat
  • Perform a vaginal exam to check for dilation and effacement
  • Discuss your due date and birth plan

Tips for Week 34

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Get regular exercise, but avoid activities that are too strenuous.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when you need them.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner, family, or friends.

Preparing for Labor

As you approach your due date, it’s important to start preparing for labor. Here are some things you can do:

  • Pack a hospital bag for yourself and your baby.
  • Create a birth plan that outlines your preferences for labor and delivery.
  • Take a childbirth class to learn about the stages of labor and how to cope with pain.
  • Talk to your partner or support person about their role in labor and delivery.


Week 34 of pregnancy is an exciting time as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. By following these tips and staying in close communication with your doctor or midwife, you can ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery.

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