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Pregnancy Week 34

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Your Baby's Development This Week

Can you believe it? The baby is now about 17 1/2 inches long and weighs over 5 pounds.

The fingernails have grown long enough that baby can actually scratch his or her own cheek. Baby is blinking and responding to light, just as a newborn would.

The nervous system is maturing and developing, with connections multiplying rapidly in the brain.

The testicles of baby boys are now descending.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 34

That belly is the center of much attention, not all of it pleasant. The belly button may have gone from innie to outie. If it bothers you, remember it's not a permanent state and if it's popping through your clothes, put a band-aid over it.

Another possible belly issue: itchiness. Some itching is normal with the stretching of the skin and can be helped with lotion and possibly calamine lotion. Other itching can be something more. If you have red raised patches that are intensely itchy and it spreads to your limbs, it could be pruritic uricarial papules and plagues, or PUPP. This can be treated with medication and creams. Another itchy problem is due to a dysfunction of the liver, and is cholestasis. This itchy condition is accompanied by nausea, fatigue and loss of appetite and is diagnosed through blood tests. It can be treated with medication.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Now that you are nearing the end of the pregnancy and birth is approaching, you should take some time during your visits to ask more detailed questions of your doctor about what to expect during and after labor. Don't worry that your questions are stupid or trivial. Ask away. Unasked questions will lead to unnecessary worrying. That's no good for anyone. Make a list to take with you to your visit and make sure you write down anything you might not remember later. Pregnancy brain will make retaining information more difficult than usual, and writing it down will save you the embarrassment of asking the same questions over again.

Preparing for Baby

Episiotomies are cuts made in the perineum to aid in birthing the baby. Routine episiotomies are not the norm anymore, but still occur in significant portion of births. Some people advocate perineal massage to avoid this procedure, beginning with massaging the area at week 34. To learn the proper method, talk to your doctor and let your partner be involved as well.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

As the pregnancy continues into the dwindling weeks, insomnia may become problematic. It seems to be one way nature allows you to adjust to life with a newborn. To ensure adequate rest, you might need to master the art of napping. Prop up those feet, put on an eye mask and soak up a few minutes of blissful peace. Make a comfy nest of pillows and lie down on your side with some calming music playing softly in the background. Peel back the sheets and slip inside bed for a quick twenty minute pick-me-up. Learning the art of snagging a few zzz's where you can will help you in those early mommy days to come.

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Guest Dec 12, 2013 05:28:29 AM ET

I'm 34 weeks one day and this little boy lives in my ribs! it hurts quite a bit but it's okay :) just means he's growing and he's very active.

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Guest Oct 20, 2013 10:57:11 PM ET

Im 34 weeks pregnant and my baby keeps moving most especially at night thats the cause that i cant sleep at night..its that mean im getting closer to get birth....how many weeks could i wait before i get birth

Guest Nov 8, 2013 09:27:46 AM ET

It's just the baby getting into position. i'm 34 weeks also this is my fourth child

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matshepo at Lehae Lenasia Sep 27, 2013 08:00:06 AM ET

Hi i'm 34 weeks and i'm so excited for my second child even though this one have been so difficult and making me lazy haven't been to the sonar to see the sex of my baby cause i wish for a boy again just hope i give birth to a boy i'm ready like never before

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sahara Sep 17, 2013 12:25:49 AM ET

I am 34 weeks 3 days this is my 4th child don't know what i'm having hope it's girl it's cos i've already have got 3 boys.

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annah Aug 7, 2013 11:47:41 AM ET

Am 34weeks can't wait to hav bundle of joy for 2time

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lucy Aug 7, 2013 09:22:48 AM ET

I'm 34 weeks pregnant today this is my second child first is age 12. i'm finding pregnancy ever so hard 0 energy and very moody also sickness all the way through however i can't wait for baby now but wishing the weeks away!

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dariyan Jul 27, 2013 12:07:13 PM ET

Hey peeps im 34 weeks today & feeling fabulous ! yaa i can't wait for my new baby boy to meet everyone cause it hurts like crazy when he moves now .. but i would like him to stay in until his due date .. so he can get even cuter ! i love you m.b.m see you soon big man

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Amber Jul 23, 2013 05:02:49 PM ET

I am 34 weeks an 3 days today! i feel like everyday goes by fast but i just wish these next few weeks would hurry up. cant wait to meet my sweet baby boy!! i am 19 and this is my first baby!

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thuli Jun 23, 2013 01:27:52 PM ET

Hi i'm 34 weeks,expecting my 1st baby boy. still vomiting after taking my vitamins, my baby is very active, me and my fiancé cannot wait for our bundle of joy.. but still don't have a name yet. lol any suggestions?

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ngujeje May 14, 2013 03:05:22 AM ET

Hey i'm 34 weeks 3days n dis is ma first babay, am well n comfortable throughout d pregnancy, bt soooooo tired of carrying it anymore, bt alhamdulillah my baby is well n also me n daddy to b. its a boy. do u think i can give birth d next coming week

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