Pregnancy: Week - 34

How your baby is growing:

Oh is it getting cramped inside of you! By week thirty-four your baby is so big he or she can no longer float in the amniotic fluid, which has maxed out. From now on, your amniotic fluid will continue to decrease as your baby consumes it to obtain more valuable space. As a result your baby which is now around five pounds in weight and eighteen inches long is resting directly on your uterus walls.

Babies born at week thirty-four are just as healthy as those that go the full forty, minus a little baby fat and a slightly weaker immune system that is. You also may have to stay a few extra days at the hospital since your doctor may want keep the baby under his/her monitoring for little longer. Though, you would feel as if it’s been long and would want to get over it, pre-term labor is not what one should wish for. Baby fat and a healthy, strong immune system are important even thought not vital to your baby’s survival outside the womb like say, the lungs are.

How your body is changing:

As your baby battles for more space inside, your tummy stretches on the outside. Many women begin to get stretch marks (if they get them at all) around week thirty-four week. However the itching and irritation of that stretching skin is likely to make you forget all about worrying over stretch marks. Guess what? The same lotions and creams that claim to help prevent stretch marks (this is not proven either way) do have one unquestionable result, they relieve itching! So even if you’re a skeptic of effectiveness of the stretch mark creams, you may want to invest in a bottle cocoa butter lotion or cream and rub it on that ball of love every morning and evening. Not only will your itchy belly be gone, but you may reduce your risk of stretch marks. As some extra information itching is also suggested to create stretch marks in some women as it adds stress on the already stretched skin. A stretch mark forms when the layer of tissue below the skin tears, so if you’re pulling and scratching at it when it’s already pulled very tight, it increases the chance of those tears.

One more third trimester woe is visual changes. Not all women experience visual changes during pregnancy, only about fifty percent do. Though visual changes can occur at any point during your pregnancy they are more common the final trimester. Keep in mind that any visual changes do go back to normal (like everything but your waist line, it seems) after the baby is born.

Visual changes during pregnancy can be caused by a number of things including hormones, increased fluid retention, metabolism and blood circulation. Usually the changes are as simple as being a little more near-sighted, intolerance to contacts or dry eyes. These changes are annoying, but normal. On the other hand if you experience visual disturbances such as double vision, seeing spots, light sensitivity or loss of sight temporarily, these are not normal and you should see your doctor.

How your life is changing:

Continuing on our weekly goal to inform you as much as possible about your labor, since your life has become very concentrated on this event occurring this week were going to cover labor complications and what happens because of them.

You may also want to know:

Ideally most women wishes for a normal vagina birth, but there are complications that can occur with vaginal birth as well.

Some of those possible complications with vaginal birth are-

  • Assisted Vaginal Birth:This occurs when either the baby needs to come out soon (irregular heart beat for example) and pushing isn’t delivering fast enough or a baby just isn’t coming out period. A vacuum device or forceps are used to help your baby exit the vaginal canal faster. Assisted births have little to no side effects to your baby; expect maybe bruising on the head. You may tear more or be forced to have an episiotomy however, which is discussed next.
  • Episiotomy:This is a surgical cut made between the vagina opening and the anus to make the vaginal opening wider. Episiotomies are done some times to speed deliveries, make room for an assisted vaginal birth as mentioned or to prevent vaginal tears. Though studies indicate a episiotomy should not be done solely for the sake of preventing tearing as they actually cause you to lose more blood, heal less quickly and are more prone to infection.
  • Breech Birth:
  • This means the baby has not turned head down. Usually your doctor will try and turn the baby if he or she fails to turn on their own when your labor is very near. Otherwise the majority of breech births end in C-Section.

  • C-Section:
  • A C-Section, also known as a cesarean birth is where your doctor will make an incision in your abdomen and uterus to remove the baby rather than you delivering vaginally. C-Sections are normally planned ahead of time in cases such as; an abnormally large baby, twins, breech birth, your placenta covers the cervix, or you have a sexually transmitted disease such as HIV or an active herpes outbreak. C-Sections are occasionally done during labor without being planned if your placenta separates from the uterine wall before your baby is delivered; the umbilical cord comes out before your baby, contractions stop and cannot be forced to begin again, or your baby’s heart rate indicates it would not survive the rest of a vaginal delivery. C-Section has an increased risk to the mother, but not for the baby. If you are planning a C-Section birth or have other concerns, you should not hesitate and talk to your doctor ahead of time.

The majority of labors go perfectly smoothly so while it’s a good idea to be aware of what can happen and what will be done in its occurrence, there’s no need to get anxious or worry extensively about labor complications. What will happen will happen, adding stress to the equation won’t help anything.


At 34 weeks I can really feel

At 34 weeks I can really feel the moves of my baby inside my tummy and it keeps me so excited.