34 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Relieve the fears of labor

Reading up

To reduce some of the common fears for first-time mothers, make sure you read up on what to expect during labor.

Labor is basically composed of three stages:

  • The first stage is when contractions open the cervix.
  • The second stage is when you finally push the baby out.
  • The final stage is when you eject the placenta.

Around 10% of mothers report that they experienced extreme pain during labor; while another 10% report that they did not feel pain at all. 80% of mothers are somewhere in the middle of the two extremities.

How’s the baby coming on?

Development in the baby

  • At 34 weeks pregnant, your baby will weigh 2 kilograms
  • It will be about 42.5 centimeters in height.
  • The fingernails and toenails are growing continuously, and you’ll probably need to clip them a few days after birth to prevent your baby from hurting him or herself with scratches.
  • The liver, although not yet fully formed, is already capable of processing your child’s waste.
  • This week, your baby will already be opening his or her eyes upon waking up and closing them when they go to sleep.

In all respects, your baby is ready for the outside world already, although a bit more weight gain is ideal.

Pelvic pain – pelvic joints loosing

You may start to feel some pelvic pain at this time. This is caused by the pelvic joints loosing, ready for labor.

Changes inside the Mommy

Breasts may have begun to leak

You’ll probably notice that your breasts have now begun to leak a few drops of milk here and there. This is nothing to worry about since this is just one more way for your body to announce that it’s ready for the actual breast-feeding, which is an indirect indication of the fact that the baby is now fully developed. You’ll also notice that the weight has shifted, which is called engagement or lightening, with your baby’s head hopefully resting deep into your pelvis (unless he or she chooses to remain in the breech position). This should ease up your breathing somehow, though the position will make you urinate even more frequently than before since the bladder is more hard pressed than ever. Remember, there are only a few days to go now!

Daddy needs to?

Employ your aesthetic sense into finding a creative way to capture the pregnancy in your and your partner’s mind and to make it memorable. You may consider having a professional photographer take a picture of your lovely pregnant partner. If you are good at photography yourself though, do it yourself as that will be more fulfilling for both of you.

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