34 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

34 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

We have ourselves a little cabbage patch kid – literally! You’re 34 weeks pregnant and your little babe is the size of a head of cabbage! You’ll probably get to go to the doctor again this week. If so, this will probably be your last appointment that happens 2 weeks apart. Once you hit your 36 week appointment, you’ll be visiting the doctor weekly until baby arrives!

I went to my 34 week appointment this week and got to see my beautiful baby girl on an ultrasound. Looks like baby sister is still head-up. Yep! She’s breech. My next big prayer is that she’ll get her act together and TURN, BABY, TURN!! I’m planning on having a natural, vaginally birth, so if baby girl stays head-up, she’ll through a fork in my plans, for sure.

34 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Preparing for labor doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Brainstorming with a birth plan can be so helpful and reduce your anxiety leading up to your due date. Birth plans can be found on popular pregnancy websites and apps like theBump. Bring your birth plan with you to your doctor’s visit. You and your Ob/Gyn will talk through each point and revise your birth plan so that both you and your provider are on the same page and in compliance with hospital requirements, if needed. Thinking about natural child birth? Water birth? Using a birthing ball? Ask your doctor if your delivering facility is supportive of these birth plans.

34 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Well, the prodromal labor has set in and I spent most of the Super Bowl this weekend deep breathing through some particularly painful contractions. For me, they come in ways – 10am-12pm and then again around 6pm-8pm [super helpful to have when trying to get my son fed, bathed and in bed] and then again around 3am-5am. It’s so strange. I have some coping mechanisms but I know I have a long ways to go, so I’m trying to relax and focus on the fact that my body is preparing this little love for her big entry!

There’s something about these contractions that have me rushing around, preparing for baby girl’s arrival. Nesting is in full-force. I’ve cleaned every inch of my house, organized every cabinet, drawer, and closet! I also went ahead and started putting together my hospital bag – just in case they eventually pick up into the real deal!

What are you feeling?

The Need to Pee… all the time

Anyone else? Yes? No? Please say yes so I don’t feel all alone in my own little bathroom! I feel like I’m going to burst and rush to the restroom, only to barely go at all. It’s not fair, this bladder-squishing side-effect! I seriously don’t remember having to pee this much last time!

Everything is hard

I’m there. That point in pregnancy where everything is hard. Rolling over in bed? Hard. Walking B to school? Hard. Getting into the car? Hard. Putting on shoes? Hard. Shaving my legs? Yeah, I gave up on that one long ago… not even worth it.

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Prodromal Labor / False Labor

Prodromal labor has a lot of names: pre-labor, false labor, latent labor. It’s basically defined as contractions that begin much in the way that traditional labor does… they’re timeable, consistent and get stronger… then they’ll stop. These feel like real contractions, but they do not result in the birth of your baby. You may have heard of women heading to the hospital, breathing through strong contractions the whole way there, just to be told in triage that what they’re feeling isn’t “real” labor and that they should go home and wait. Frustrating, right? This kind of labor can present in different ways for different people, so it’s often hard to pin down. There’s really no known cause for prodromal labor. I’ve had it with both pregnancies and they only thing we can come up with is that it’s my body’s way of preparing itself for labor or the baby’s positioning…

Pregnancy Milestone – Creating a Birth Plan

It’s time to consider the birth experience you’d like to have and it’s also time to start pulling those thoughts together into a birth plan. A birth plan is a clear and simple statement of your preferences for the birth of your child. They’re especially important when birthing in a hospital, as it’s a great way to communicate your wants and needs with your caregivers while you’re in the throws of labor. It’s smart to provide a copy of the plan for everyone directly involved in the birth [your doctor/midwife, doula and husband] to help them better understand what you’re expecting and give them the opportunity to resolve any issues on your behalf if they come up [ex. if you don’t want your crazy aunt in the delivery room, they can play delivery room bouncer for you]. Because there are so many aspects of birth to consider, it is best not to wait until the last minute to put your plan together.

Here are some things to consider:

Who do you want in the room?
Would you like pain medicines?
Are you opposed to an IV?
Are you opposed to an episiotomy?
Do you want your husband to cut the umbilical cord?
Do you want to have a certain amount of time with the baby on your chest after the birth?
Do you want to create a certain environment for your labor?
[I wanted certain essential oils, music and the lights dimmed.]

While making a birth plan is smart and will allow you to feel empowered prior to your experience, it’s important to understand that there’s always a chance that your birth will not go as planned. Sometimes you’ll need an IV or a c-section. Try to remain reasonably flexible because things don’t always go according to plan. What’s most important is the safe delivery of your sweet baby.

How to Survive this week:

Feeling large and in charge? You are, but one thing for sure is that you FEEL larger than you look. You’re carrying a beautiful baby! Be proud of your bump! Believe it or not, you’ll miss it when it’s gone. You’re 34 weeks pregnant… only 6 weeks left, sister! You got this!

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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