Your Pregnancy Week 34
Reviewed by James Brann, MD
Your BabyBy pregnancy week 34 your baby weighs in at almost 4.7 pounds and may be 17.7 inches long!
Changes in Your Growing BabyYour baby spends most of her time filling out. Your baby's primary job from now on is growing and adding meat to her bones. Keep in mind that the weight your baby will gain will depend on a number of factors. The weight gain estimates provided are just estimates. Most babies will be born between six and ten whopping pounds. Most will measure 19-21 inches, but this will vary from baby to baby. Each baby is unique and different and special in their own way.
Your Body's DevelopmentYour uterus measures roughly 5.6 inches from the top of your belly button. You make find however that you look larger or smaller than other pregnant women who are at the same stage of pregnancy as you are. Each woman tends to carry her baby a bit differently. Keep in mind the size of your abdomen generally does not necessarily correspond to your baby's size. Some women measuring very small or looking small will still have very large babies!
Changes in Your BodyYou might start feeling a bit uncomfortable and anxious to meet your tiny baby. Some women start feeling anxious about delivery around this time. Others worry that their baby may not be able to fit through the birth canal. Fortunately most babies have no difficulty fitting through their mother's pelvis, even if your pelvis is small. If you do have concerns your healthcare provider can provide you with guidance to predict whether or not your baby is too big to fit through your pelvis. Usually this diagnosis is not bade until delivery though, as your doctor assesses how well your baby fits into your pelvis.
The same is true of larger women. Some onlookers have an annoying habit of pointing out how large some women are growing. Just because you are large doesn't mean you will have a 12 pound baby. Relax. Most babies know just how big to grow to fit through their mother's birth canal.
Sometime after 34 weeks pregnant you may notice Braxton Hicks contractions and that your baby has dropped lower in your belly. This is a process whereby your baby's head enters the birth canal to prepare for delivery. For first time mothers this can happen a few weeks before delivery. For second or more time moms, this sometimes doesn't happen until right before birth. You may notice this happens when your abdomen looks lower or when it suddenly becomes easier to breathe. Most women welcome dropping as a sign they are approaching delivery.
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