34 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is the size of a cantaloupe this week, and his or her brain is making trillions of connections and is already learning.

34 weeks pregnant

You are not the only one enjoying the movements of your baby, your partner will be able to feel more as your baby grows. If your baby was born this week, they may need a short visit in the neonatal nursery but would likely do just a well as a full-term baby.

34 Weeks Pregnant

In the last two months pf pregnancy, your baby is really just gaining weight and putting the finishing touches on his or her development. So his or her body is filling out with the necessary fat needed to regulate body temperature, the skin is smoothing out too.

The central nervous system and the lungs are maturing in preparation for birth. Trillions of connections in the brain are being made and this may account for the reason your baby spends so much time sleeping at this stage. It’s possible your baby is even dreaming.

How Your Are Changing

You are probably making frequent trips to the bathroom. But still remember to drink plenty of water. Did you know that your uterus is up to 1000 times bigger than it was before you got pregnant? That puts things into perspective as you wonder why you’re feeling big and slow.

This accounts for the tiredness you feel and for the fatigue as well. The sleepless nights of getting up to go to the bathroom and trying to find a comfortable position aren’t helping either.

You may feel stressed as you contemplate giving birth. Many women wonder if they will end up needing a cesarean section. Approximately 33% of pregnant women in the U.S. give birth via c-section. Many of these end up being scheduled in advance, but some are the result of unforeseen complications.

Some of the complications during childbirth that end up requiring a c-section delivery include:

  • Fetal distress – your baby’s heart rate may drop, giving your doctor cause for concern.
  • Failure to progress into labor – your cervix may stop dilating or the baby may stop progressing down the birth canal.

Some of the reasons you may end up having a planned c-section include:

  • Previous c-section – there is an increased risk for a uterine rupture for a woman that tries to deliver vaginally after having had a previous cesarean.
  • Breech position – if your baby doesn’t turn and remains in the feet down position, there is a risk to both mother and baby during a vaginal delivery.
  • Multiple births – twins can be delivered depending on their weights, positions and gestational age.
  • Preeclampsia – this is a condition involving high blood pressure while pregnant.
  • Gestational diabetes – this can create complications making c-section necessary.
  • Cord prolapse – although not common, this is a situation where te umbilical cord slips through the cervix and protrudes from the vagina before the baby is born.

You may want to talk to your doctor or midwife about any questions or concerns you have about having a c-section. If your healthcare provider recommends a cesarean section, be sure to get all the facts so that you feel confident and as prepared as you can be.