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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.

Pregnancy Week 34 Comfort Meter

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marleynm12 Mar 6, 2017 04:06:27 PM ET

This is my 2nd baby it's a girl I have a 19 month old son. I'm 34 weeks pregnant. My lower back hurts and I have a harder time sleeping but with pillows in the right places it helps. Started getting morning sickness again like I did with my son around this time but it's not too bad. I've gained 18 lbs so far and this baby moves alot. All in all other than feeling huge it hasn't been that bad. It'll all be worth it in the end.

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maranga Jan 24, 2017 11:46:38 PM ET

Hi,I am 34 weeks and my baby keeps moving to my ribs and chest,I am so happy,can't wait to have her

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nisha Mar 20, 2015 05:46:02 AM ET

I m 32 weeks pregnant, and my baby is moving. I eat, but not until I feel full. I have itching on my foot, especially at night when baby kicks or if I hurt my back. This is my second pregnancy. I have a baby boy (5 years), so please tell me what the gender of my baby is.

Kelly Nov 3, 2016 01:28:24 PM ET

Omg i'm 34 weeks and last night my feet were so itchy while i was trying to sleep, it was driving me crazy. thought i was the only one.

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bazilamushi Mar 10, 2015 05:56:42 AM ET

I'm 34 weeks, but my child is not moving at all.

Brittany Nov 6, 2016 11:46:27 PM ET

Go to the hospital!!!

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Sophie Jan 30, 2015 12:44:01 AM ET

I always feel a tingling and pulling down sensation in my ladies area. I always wear a pad as it always feels like I'm dripping discharge, but I'm not. Is it normal?

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fortune Jan 22, 2015 04:20:40 PM ET

I am also 34 weeks, and sometimes my baby does not move well. Maybe it's because of my work. I used to work a lot. Should I worry? Please help!!

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sweetlady Jan 20, 2015 09:28:55 AM ET

I am 34 weeks, and my baby is not kicking like before. Why?

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Bhoggatt Dec 15, 2014 10:43:16 PM ET

Hey guys. I am 34 weeks pregnant with my first child. I'm having a baby girl, and I lost my mucus plug not to long ago. I have been feeling period like pains in my pelvic area, as well as pressure and pain in my back. Should I be concerned?

Brittany Nov 6, 2016 11:47:35 PM ET

Sounds like pre-labor.

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lex Nov 4, 2014 07:01:12 AM ET

I feel soooo bad. I'm never getting any sleep. I'm eating, but I never feel full. This is the worst ever. I'm 34 weeks, and i can't wait for this to be over with. She kicks, and it hurts my back. OMG, my back...let me not go there.

timeforbaby Dec 4, 2014 04:05:34 PM ET

I'm having the exact same issues. :-( i hope you get some relief soon. :-)

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edith Aug 17, 2014 03:24:27 AM ET

I'm 34 weeks, and due September 26. I feel like crap. I can hardly walk. This is my 4th baby. My feet hurt so bad, and I get pain in my lower back and chest like if someone was standing on me. Have any of you gone through this as well?

lex Nov 4, 2014 07:05:01 AM ET

Yea i'm 34 weeks also, and i'm going through it too. i just want to cry. i can't sleep. when i eat, i'm never full. her kicks hurt my back hurt ect. she's killing me.

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