Week 34 of Your Pregnancy

33 weeks pregnant

49

Days to go

2.2

kgs
Keep going. You’ll find something useful below.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at 34 weeks are:

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Enlarged Breasts

Your breats will continue to grow and feel heavy until you give birth. The mammary glands are preparing for breastfeeding. Some women may find that their breasts are leaking. You can buy maternity or nursing bras for extra support at this stage, especially if you are experiencing leaky breasts.

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Blurry Vision

Blurry vision is one of the lesser symptoms of pregnancy. Fluid retention, common during pregnancy, can also happen in the cornea part of your eyes, leading to blurry vision. Changes in the cornea due to hormones, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all lead to blurry vision. If worried, you can talk to your paediatrician.

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Dizziness

This happens due to the hormone progesterone. This hormone causes more blood flow to the uterus to support your growing bean. As a result, the blood flow to your brain reduces, your blood pressure reduces, and you will experience dizziness and this is normal during pregnancy.

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Swelling in feet and ankles - Edema

Fluid retention is common during pregnancy, especially at the later stages. By the power of gravity, this fluid retention, also known as edema happens in your legs and feet, causing swelling. Your ever growing uterus also puts pressure on your legs, cutting down the blood supply and leading to a fluid build-up.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 10.9 inches(28cms)
Baby’s Weight: 0.43 kgs

Baby’s Eyes

Baby opens his/her eyes when he/she is awake and closes while sleeping. Baby’s eyes are developing pigments which will decide his/her eye color. Although your baby may have a different eye color at the time of birth, it will change until the baby is about 1 or 2 years old.

Baby’s Skin

The waxy, cheesy coating on your baby’s skin called ‘Vernix’ begins to thicken this week before it starts shedding in the next few weeks.

Baby’s Nails

Baby’s nails are growing at lightning speed and now have reached his/her fingertips.

Your's Changing Body

By this period in pregnancy, you may notice the formation of red or purplish streaks on your stomach and breasts, in some cases on your bums and thighs also. This happens because when your body parts stretch faster than normal. These stretch marks gradually disappear post-delivery.

Difficulty falling asleep? Tired of tossing and turning all night? Don’t worry, you have many other pregnant women for company. All the hormonal changes, your growing bumps, constant hormone, your little bean kicking you at odd times, all contribute to your sleeplessness. In fact, you can take comfort in the fact that your body is preparing you this way for the countless sleepless nights you will encounter once your little one comes into this world.

Are your breasts leaking thick or light fluids? This is completely normal and your body’s way of preparing itself to feed your baby post-birth. The thick fluid is colustrum or pre-milk and is the first milk that your baby will have after birth. If the leak is uncomfortable and leaving stain on your clothes, you can wear nursing pads inside your bra to absorb the leaks.

Relaxin, an important hormone released by the placenta during pregnancy in preparation for delivery can cause pelvic numbness. This symptom is common during pregnancy and not a cause for concern.
During the third trimester, the symptoms of numbness intensify due to blood vessels getting compressed by the enlarged uterus and the modifications women add to their sleeping postures.

Forgot where you placed your keys? Searching for your phone while holding it in your hand? No, you are not losing your mind. You simply have what is called the pregnancy brain. Lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, hormonal changes all contribute to your forgetfulness. Simply take it as a part of the game and enjoy your pregnancy.

Haemorrhoids is one of the most embarrassing, yet common symptoms of your pregnancy. Your veins everywhere are bulging and swelling in an attempt to handle the increasing blood flow. Swelling veins in your bottoms can lead to hemorrhoid’s. Add constipation to the mix and you will have an explosive combination unfortunately. You can speak with your gynecologists’ who will guide you with ways and means to deal with this situation when you feel it going out of hand.

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