34 weeks pregnant

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Making the drop.At 34 weeks pregnant, if your baby is a boy, his testicles are now descending from his abdomen into his scrotum. If your infant's scrotum seems large right after birth, don't worry: The swelling is due to extra fluid and will go down in a week or so.

No vacancy. From 34th week of pregnancy, your baby will move around less frequently, mostly because of the cramped quarters — he is right up against the wall of the uterus. You're getting pretty good at guessing which body part (foot? elbow? arm?) is protruding.

Baby blues. At 34th week of pregnancy, your baby's eyes are blue. The pigmentation process in the iris won't be complete until his eyes have been exposed to light for several weeks after birth. His final eye color may not be evident for years.

34 Weeks Pregnant - Fetus Development

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Is it show time? With only a few weeks to go, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs of labor. The most common symptoms are regular contractions that occur at increasingly short intervals, lower-back pain accompanied by menstrual-like cramps, a broken bag of waters (rupturing of the amniotic sac), and a blood-tinged mucous discharge, which may indicate that your cervix has started dilating. Here are some of the most common signs of preterm labor a pregnant woman should look out for. You may have signs of labor days or even weeks before you actually give birth. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Finalizing your birth plan. You've probably discussed your wishes with your healthcare provider, your partner, and family members you'd like present at the birth. Now is a great time to review your preferences again with your doctor or midwife to make sure you're both still on the same page.

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

  • Familiarize yourself with the signs of labor during 34th week of pregnancy. Get week-by-week expert tips on pregnancy to keep track of your baby’s development & to ensure well-being of both you & your baby during entire nine months journey!

  • Review your birth plan with your doctor and/or midwife

  • Take a class in infant CPR, breastfeeding, or baby care. Know more about how to find an ideal birthing class for both you & your partner to learn about pregnancy labor & childbirth.

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