A baby, in their 34th week after implantation, begins to develop tiny nails, while the mother, on the other hand, experiences more pelvic pressure.
The baby, this week, will measure 17.7 inches and weigh 4.7 ounces. To put things in perspective, this would be about the size of a ‘Tickle Me Elmo’. Isn’t this fascinating!
Here’s what is happening to a mother’s body in the 34th week of pregnancy-
1. Blurred vision
In the 34th week of pregnancy, most women experience blurred vision due to the pregnancy hormones and excess fluid. This then affects the production of the tears and the shape of your cornea, which will go away after labor. However, if you have severe blurred vision interfering in your daily activities, contact your doctor right away.
This first-trimester symptom kicks back in the 34th week of your pregnancy due to lack of sleep. Try exercising to get some energy up and also try to rest as and when you get time.
3. Swollen ankles and feet
Your body in the 34th week needs extra fluid, as your joints and tissues start to soften in preparation for the delivery resulting in swelling. To ease the swelling, sit down and place your feet up, consume bananas and other potassium-rich foods, stay hydrated, and have more salt. However, if you experience sudden swelling in your hands and face, contact the doctor immediately.
4. Pelvic pressure
As your baby gets heftier in the 34th week of your pregnancy, you will experience downward pressure on the pelvic region. In case you feel it is exceptionally strong or sudden, it could be a sign of labor, contact your doctor immediately.
With this extra downward pressure, it can affect the rectum causing hemorrhoids. Try to apply over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams and witch hazel pads to ease the discomfort, also, stay hydrated.
What would your belly look like in the 34th week of pregnancy?
With the 34th week, mothers gain about a pound per week. There is no reason to freak out, just be cautious as this more weight adds on as months pass by. However, if you experience rapid weight gain, you should report to your doctor, as it could be a sign of preeclampsia.
For some brownie points, here is a quick checklist to get your sailing through the 11th week of pregnancy:
1. While you have some time, write thank you cards for your baby shower gifts.
2. Try to get sleep whenever you can. If the baby finds it difficult, try reading to him/her to help them catch their sleep too. Try reading books like Precious Little Sleep, The Happiest Baby on the Block, and The Sleepeasy Solution.
3. Your feet might seem double by the end of the day, try compression socks to reduce the swelling.
4. Try new recipes with high-fiber foods, like beans, veggies, and grains.
Here are a few tips to help you make your life well balanced.
1. Go for your 34th-week prenatal visit.
2. Write thank you cards for the gifts received at the baby shower.
3. Before you leave for your maternal leave, make sure everything is lined up at work including your files and notes.
4. Prepare a hospital bag latest by the 36th week.