Week 34 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Week 34 of Pregnancy

Third Trimester

Your 34th Week

Your baby is almost fully equipped for the outside world.
34 week fetus in uterus
1. The fundus, or top of the uterus, is high in your abdomen and the pressure under your ribs may make it impossible for you to enjoy a full meal without discomfort.
2. Your baby's gut would be able to process food if she were to be born this week. All the digestive enzymes are now active.
3. At 34 weeks the average crown to heel length is 16.7 in (42.4 cm) and the average weight is 3.7 lb (1.7 kg).
4. The position of the baby is unlikely to change between now and the birth if this is your first pregnancy.
5. The amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby varies in individual pregnancies. At this stage, the fluid has reached its maximum level.
The fundus, or top of the uterusYour baby's gut would be able to process foodAt 34 weeks the average crown to heel length is 16.7 inThe position of the baby is unlikely to changeThe amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby
If your baby was born this week, she'd still need some help with breathing and feeding. But it's reassuring to know that basically she's in pretty good shape for survival. However, you are unlikely to go into labor this early. Now is your chance to start practicing the relaxation and pain-relieving exercises that you've been learning at your prenatal classes. The more familiar you are with the techniques, the more they will help you during labor.

You are 33 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant

Your baby todayYour baby may well be head down by this stage. The head is the heaviest part and gravity plus the shape of your uterus favors a head-down position. Ask your doctor at the next visit if she can determine the position for you. read more

You are 33 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayShadows give the impression of hair on the eyebrows and eyelashes on this 3D image. Because this baby was lying head down, the view of the top part of the head is lost in the shadows caused by the mother's pelvis. read more

You are 33 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayAt this stage it is simply no longer possible to see the whole baby on a scan. The ultrasound scan cannot not step far enough back to include the whole baby in a single view. Instead it is necessary to move the probe around, to examine one area at a time. read more

You are 33 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayA foot is shown here with the toes spread out. Not all of the movements that you feel will be due to kicks, some movements will be shrugs or punches and some from the bottom or head as it touches the sides of the uterus. read more

You are 33 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayAt this stage your baby may lie transversely across your uterus as here, but such a position becomes increasingly less likely as the pregnancy advances. The more babies you have had the more likely it is that the shape of your uterus allows this lie. read more

You are 33 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayYour baby is now capable of producing all of the enzymes that will process food within the digestive tract. If born early, your baby could now feed normally although some will still require help since they need to fine tune the coordination of their suckling reflexes. read more

You are 34 Weeks Exactly Pregnant

Your baby todayA close-up of the baby's face clearly showing the lip shape and slightly separated eyelids. The slight shadowing seen to the left of the image is from the wall of the uterus, which at this stage of the pregnancy will always be very close to your baby. read more