What's happening in week 34
You're at week 34 and there's really not long left to go at all!
At a glance
- Your baby is getting themselves ready for delivery
- Your baby’s hearing will now be developed enough that they can hear you
- Talk through your pain relief options with your midwife
Your baby at 34 weeks
Your baby will now weigh close to 5lbs and measure up at about 45cm long. Their skin is increasingly smooth and rounded as they continue to gain weight and fill out with fat.
Your little one should continue to move normally throughout pregnancy and you should even continue to feel them while you are in labour.
As they get bigger the movements feel different but they should still follow their usual pattern right up to the end.
It is not true that babies ‘slow down’ as labour approaches, but they have less space to move in.
Your baby’s hearing will now be developed enough that they can hear you, so it’s a good idea to begin talking to your baby (they’re particularly receptive to high pitched tones).
Their little lungs are also now almost fully developed so they will be ready to breathe independently after birth. Their tiny finger and toenails have now grown and if your baby is overdue they’ll likely need a trim.
If you are expecting a little boy, his testicles are starting to move down into his scrotum now.
You at 34 weeks pregnant
You'll have an antenatal appointment with your midwife this week, and she will no doubt have a chat with you to make sure you are happy with your birth plan and aware of all your pain relief options in labour. She will probably also run through what to do when your waters break, or if you start having contractions.
She will also be paying particular attention to any swelling in your hands, ankles and face at this stage of pregnancy, as it could be an indicator of pre-eclampsia (although all pregnant women will endure puffy ankles to some degree). Do tell her if you have been suffering from headaches or blurred vision, too, as this can also be a sign.
If you are rhesus negative, you will have your second dose of anti-D around now, too.
What to think about in week 34
As your baby's arrival is now just weeks away, it could be worth doing one last check that you have everything you need in your hospital bag and in your nursery!
Think about back ups too – for example, if you have decided to use cloth nappies, it could be sensible to have a pack of disposables in the drawer as well, just in case.
Making up a 'mobile' basket of nappy change and top and tail supplies to keep in whatever room you are in in the house might also prove useful, too – you won't necessarily want to take your baby to their nursery changing table for every nappy change or clean up.
Also...Don’t forget to start preparing for your Bounty Portrait session when you start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag.
Bounty Portrait offers FREE in-hospital portrait sessions of your precious little one with no obligation to buy. You’ll also get a FREE portrait gift – choose from one of three different gifts and a FREE announcement service to share your first photos with loved ones
For that perfect Portrait session don’t forget to pack…
- A soft cuddly toy – this makes a great photo prop
- A blanket – whether it’s been knitted specially or bought. Adding this to a picture makes a great photo keepsake
- A plain top for you if you want to be in the photos
- That special ‘first’ baby outfit.
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