Pregnancy

Thirty-fourth week of pregnancy

Welcome to week 34! It’s about 6 weeks until your baby is born and your baby bump needs some extra attention. The future baby is almost completely autonomous and is preparing to squeeze your finger in his little hand for the first time.

Weight and length at 34 weeks

Month 8th month
Gestational age from 33+0 to 33+6
Length of the fetus (*) 43.1cm
Weight of the fetus (*) 2103 grams
Weight gain (**) +12.5kg
Moms group May 2023

How many months is 34 weeks pregnant?

At week 34 you are in the second half of the eighth month of gestation. To know the exact correspondence between months and weeks of pregnancy you can use our conversion table .

34th week : frequent symptoms

How your body changes

Pay attention to the belly

From this week on, your baby bump will become increasingly bulky and will require some attention to your new size. If you accidentally bump into it , there’s no need to worry: your baby is safe , well protected by the amniotic fluid, the walls of the uterus and your abdominal muscles.

However, in the event of a bad fall , it’s best to contact your gynecologist right away to make sure your little one is okay. To prevent them, try to avoid risky behaviors, such as riding a bicycle , traveling standing on public transport or climbing stairs to clean the house. Furthermore, if you travel by car, remember to always wear a seat belt , possibly using a special adapter to travel more comfortably.

Unintentional losses

The weight of the uterus puts strain on the pelvic muscles, and this could lead to involuntary urine leakage when you laugh or when you cough. To avoid them, continue to strengthen your pelvic floor  with the appropriate exercises and avoid taking carbonated or caffeine-based drinks , which have an irritating effect on the bladder and can reduce the ability to hold pee.

Sex in the third trimester: yes or no?

Many expectant mothers, during the third trimester, feel a decrease in desire and prefer cuddles and caresses , while others continue to have complete intercourse until the end of the pregnancy. If you fear that sex could cause a  premature birth , don’t worry: in the absence of contraindications from the gynecologist or midwife, having sex in the third trimester is absolutely safe and has the added benefit of toning the pelvic muscles in preparation for the birth .

How the child grows

It is about 43 centimeters long , as long as a romaine lettuce , and weighs about 2 kilograms .

Recognize the music!

Your little one now behaves like a newborn: his eyes close when he sleeps and are open when he is awake, and are already able to focus at short distances.

At the 34th week he has already learned to know your voice and that of the future dad well, and he may even be able to recognize the music you played him or the songs you sang to him most often.

His little hands have an increasingly firm grip and if he were to be born now he could already squeeze your finger tightly in his fist. 

A reassuring news

By the end of this week, in most cases, the lungs will have already reached a good level of maturation and the future baby will be able to breathe independently . Meanwhile, his immune defenses continue to strengthen, thanks to the production of antibodies.

If you fear a premature birth at 34 weeks , you will be relieved to know that, in the absence of other health problems, the baby would have a low risk of complications , even though he may need to spend a few days in an incubator .

Do you know that…

The first colors that the newborn can distinguish after birth are white, black and red , but after a few weeks he will also be able to recognize green , blue and yellow .

For the dad

Your partner should have already packed her delivery bag and you? Here are some ideas on what to bring with you :

  • cell phone and charger
  • video camera
  • toothpaste and toothbrush
  • a change of clothes
  • coins for vending machines for snacks and drinks

Checks and exams to do

Click here to see the tests to be done between the 34th and 38th week of gestation

Advice from the 34th week of pregnancy

  • The 34th week is the ideal time to start massaging the perineum , a technique that can be of great help in increasing the elasticity of the tissues between the vagina and anus , in view of childbirth.
  • Even if your belly is increasingly bulky, remember to always wear your seat belt when traveling by car. In case of discomfort, there are special adapters on the market.

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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