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34 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

2 years ago4 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

Whether you’re counting down the days with excitement or still figuring out what to pack in your hospital bag, there’s no denying that at 34 weeks pregnant, there’s not much time left to wait before you are cradling your baby in your arms. How amazing is that?! Being pregnant at 34 weeks has its challenges, but the finishing line is almost in sight!

34 weeks pregnant bump

Here’s what to expect at 34 weeks pregnant.

In this article 📝

  • How many months is 34 weeks pregnant?
  • What should I expect at 34 weeks pregnant?
  • 34 week fetus
  • 34 week pregnant symptoms
  • 34 week pregnant signs of labor
  • Is it safe to deliver at 34 weeks?

How many months is 34 weeks pregnant?

34 weeks pregnant in months is around 8 and a half — only 6 weeks to go before your due date.

What should I expect at 34 weeks pregnant?

Your baby is now about the size of a pineapple — a whopping 18 inches long, and around 5.25 pounds! They’ll continue growing until they’re born, but they might not get much taller than they are at this point. No wonder you’re feeling pretty stretched. So what else is going on with fetal development at 34 weeks?

34 week fetus

Your fetus at 34 weeks has already learned to sleep with their eyes closed and keep their peepers wide open while awake. Figuring out this sleep pattern in utero will help them (and hopefully you) catch some zzz’s once they’re earthside.

If you’re expecting a boy, their testicles will probably descend into their scrotum this week, although between 1-4.5% of full-term baby boys will be born with undescended testicles. They usually sort themselves out before the age of 1 though, so it’s not necessarily anything to worry about.

Are babies fully developed at 34 weeks? Sort of. They’ll look pretty much like a newborn (albeit smaller and skinnier) and their nervous system is ready to go, but their brain and lungs are still maturing.

34 week pregnant symptoms

Your pregnancy arch-nemesis is back — good old fatigue. Your 34 weeks pregnant belly is taking more effort to carry around, and your aching back and pelvis are probably letting you know. You might be experiencing constipation and its ever-faithful sidekick, hemorrhoids, plus shortness of breath thanks to your growing uterus. What other symptoms of pregnancy might you feel at 34 weeks pregnant?

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP)

This tongue twister can be super uncomfortable. It’s an itchy rash of small red pimples that can commonly appear in the stretch marks around your abdomen and hips during the latter stages of pregnancy.

Blurred vision

Nope, you’re not imagining things, you really might have blurred vision occasionally. Your eyes might be itchy and dry, too, thanks to those extra pregnancy hormones, which can actually alter the shape of your cornea and interrupt tear production. Luckily, it’s only temporary!

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Other hot topics to discuss at 34 weeks pregnant…

34 week pregnant signs of labor

While you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge as your pregnancy progresses, it should be milky and non-odorous. At 34 weeks pregnant, if you notice regular cramping (contractions) and blood-streaked mucus or watery fluid in your underwear, it’s time to call your doctor!

Is it safe to deliver at 34 weeks?

A 34 week old baby is classed as late preterm, so although it’s not ideal to give birth now, they have a really good chance of being just fine (about 99%). They may face some initial struggles, like jaundice or difficulties feeding, and they may require some help in a NICU, to begin with.

There you have it, mama! 34 weeks – you’re almost there!

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35 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect
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