Pregnancy at 34 Weeks
Your little one is the size of a cantaloupe this week and now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is about 18-19 inches long.
What’s happenin’ baby?
- Fat layers are filling out. This will help with temperature regulation after delivery.
- His CNS (central nervous system) is maturing.
- His lungs are maturing.
- If baby is born early now and has no other medical problems he will more than likely do okay with a short stay in the NICU.
You at 34 weeks of pregnancy:
- Fatigue is setting in again.
- Being tired is understandable due the physical strain, restless nights, trying to get comfortable and frequent pee breaks
If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short).
Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it’s not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don’t have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.
“In the third trimester, turning over in bed is a nightmare. The solution? Big satin pajamas and even satin sheets — the slipperiness of satin helps tremendously!”
This week :
- make a labor contingency plan for early labor
- line up people to help you