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34 Weeks Pregnant

By 34 weeks pregnancy, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you’re under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now’s the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you’ve been sitting or lying down for a long time, don’t jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it’s not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don’t have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.

By 34 weeks pregnant, your baby is now 4.7 pounds and just shy of 18 inches long! Your baby is continuing to grow and fill out during pregnancy week 34. Not much is changing in your baby, except he is adding on valuable weight. Keep in mind that the baby weights presented each week in our week to week guide are only estimates. Some babies will weigh in a bit larger and others a bit smaller. Some babies will also be longer or shorter. Every baby is unique.

There are many factors that make estimating the weight of your baby challenging. Many women like to get an estimate of how big their baby is during their prenatal visits. However, most estimates, unless calculated by an ultrasound, can be as much as 1 pounds off in either direction.

The discrepancy is due to the difficulty of guessing how much the baby will weigh combined with the placenta and amniotic fluid.

During an ultrasound, your healthcare provider will take many measurements to help estimate the baby’s weight and size. Among the more common measurements include the diameter of your baby’s head, the circumference of the head and abdomen and the length of your baby’s femur. Estimates of your baby’s weight by ultrasound are still not percise when performed late in your pregnancy.

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