34 Weeks Pregnant
You are now 34 weeks pregnant and as your baby gets bigger he/she is surrounded by relatively less fluid.
Your baby won’t have a lot of room to move now and space is at a premium, but you should still feel regular movements.
At 34 weeks pregnant, your midwife or doctor has probably been checking the baby’s size at your recent antenatal appointments, to see how your baby is growing. If your midwife is concerned that you are small for your dates (i.e. that the baby seems small for the number of weeks you are pregnant), or the opposite, you may be referred for an ultrasound scan to take some more accurate measurements.
New research shows that it’s normal for the pushing stage in labour to take longer than current hospital time limits in Ireland. What does that mean for you and your baby? eumom pregnancy & birth expert Tracy Donegan offers her advice for avoiding a rushed labour with tips to help you avoid an instrumental birth.
Understanding your contractions
You may find yourself experiencing more regular Braxton Hicks contractions which help to prepare your body for labour. The difference between Braxton Hicks and real labour contractions is that the latter become progressively longer in duration, more painful and do not go away.
Have you packed your hospital bag?
As you approach your due date, you are sure to have a million different thoughts going around in your head. It’s perfectly normal to be excited about finally meeting your little one, but also to be feeling nervous that labour time is approaching.
You can’t prepare for everything that motherhood might throw at you, but you can certainly prepare for labour with our hospital bag checklist to help you keep track of what’s needed, as well as first-hand advice from moms on hospital bag essentials.