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34 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 34 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a cantaloupe melon (length: 16-17.5”; weight: 2.1kg).

Making the drop. If your baby is a boy, his testicles are now descending into his scrotum. If your infant's scrotum seems large right after birth, don't worry: the swelling is due to extra fluid and will go down in a week or so.

No vacancy. At a hefty weight and 15.5 to 16 inches long, baby is right up against the wall of the uterus. You're probably pretty good at guessing which body part (foot? elbow? arm?) is protruding.

True blue. Right now, your little one's eyes are blue. The pigmentation process in the iris won't be complete until your little one’s eyes have been exposed to light for several weeks after birth.

Your pregnancy at 34 weeks

Is it show time? With only a few weeks to go, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the signs of labour. The most common symptoms are:

  • regular painful contractions that occur at increasingly short intervals
  • lower-back pain accompanied by menstrual-like cramps
  • your water “breaking” (rupturing of the amniotic sac), or
  • blood-tinged discharge (indicating that your cervix has started dilating), often called a “show”

You may have signs of labour days or even weeks before you actually give birth. If you experience any of these, call your midwife immediately

Finalising your birth plan. You've probably discussed your wishes with your midwife, your partner and family members you'd like present at the birth. Now is a great time to review your preferences again with your midwife to refresh his or her memory and make sure you're both still on the same page. It can be good to write down a birth plan.


Did you know? Your baby’s weight gain will start to slow down in the last weeks of pregnancy. If a newborn baby continued to grow at this same rate, your little one would weigh 200 pounds by his or her first birthday!

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