Pregnancy week 34 marks the end of the eighth month and the beginning of the ninth month of pregnancy. At this point, the baby should be close to full-term and ready to be born. You may be feeling especially tired and uncomfortable due to the baby’s size and position.
By this time, your baby should be around 4 3/4 pounds and over 18 inches in length. His or her lungs should be fully developed, although there is still more development that will take place after birth. The baby’s brain and nervous system will also be continuing to develop quickly.
It is common to experience Braxton Hicks contractions during week 34. These false labor pains may be more frequent as you get closer to giving birth. You may also be feeling more tired, due to the extra energy needed to hold up the extra weight of the baby.
Your baby is getting ready for the world! His or her skeleton should be almost completely developed and strong enough to handle the birth process. At this point, the baby should be in the head-down position, in preparation for delivery.
Week 34 is a very exciting time in your pregnancy. With the baby almost full term, it is time to start preparing for the big day. Make sure to check in with your doctor or midwife if you have any questions or concerns.