In our pregnancy week by week guide, you can find out what to expect when you’re 34 weeks pregnant.

You

You’re probably feeling more and more uncomfortable as baby’s weight continues to increase. Healthy eating and some light exercise might help you feel better. Keep doing your pelvic floor exercises.

You might notice more Braxton Hicks contractions now.

pregnancy illustration, week 34

Rh type
A blood test done earlier in pregnancy will let you know your Rh type.

If you’re Rh-negative, and your baby turns out to be Rh-positive, this can cause serious health problems for your baby. But no-one knows what your baby’s blood type is until after birth. So if you’re Rh-negative, you’ll be offered a special injection called Anti-D at your 26-28 week antenatal visit and your 34-36 week visit.

You’ll also be offered Anti-D if you have a bleed during pregnancy. This reduces the risks of health problems.

After your baby is born, blood is collected from your baby’s umbilical cord and the Rh type is checked. You’ll have another Anti-D injection if your baby is Rh-positive.

Ask your doctor or midwife for more information.

Pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition that affects up to 15% of pregnant women and can occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

If you have pre-eclampsia, or another reason for a high-risk pregnancy, you might need to see your health professionals more often from now.  

Symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:

  • severe headache
  • pain in your tummy area
  • changes in your vision – for example, blurred vision
  • severe, sudden swelling of the hands, feet, ankles and face
  • high blood pressure and protein in your urine.
If any of these symptoms come on suddenly, contact your midwife or doctor straight away. 

Your baby when you’re 34 weeks pregnant

There isn’t much room for your baby to move now:

  • Your baby is about 30 cm from head to bottom and weighs about 2.1 kg.
  • Your baby’s immune system is developing.
  • Your baby can swallow up to 1 litre of amniotic fluid a day, and pass the same amount of urine.
  • Your baby can do big kicks and roll over. This might feel a bit uncomfortable for you.
Many services can help you adjust after you become a parent. You can read more about getting support

Next

35 weeks pregnant

Rate this article (46 ratings)

Tap the stars to rate this article.

Thanks for rating this article.

Last updated or reviewed
23-03-2016

  • Tell us what you think
  • References
 
 

Raising Children Network is supported by the Australian Government. Member organisations are the Parenting Research Centre and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.

Follow us

© 2006-2017 Raising Children Network (Australia) Ltd