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In the 34th week of gestation, your baby’s lungs have developed to the point where it can breathe on its own. This is how your baby prepares for birth. You should also do this now. We will tell you tips and tricks for preparing for birth inthis article.
Important facts about the 34th week: What you should know
In the 34th week, your baby is about the size of a melon. Incredible, isn’t it?
Strictly speaking, there are still 6 weeks until birth. However, it is quite possible that your baby already wants to be born now.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the upcoming birth. Talk to your midwife about birth positions and birth locations. She can also inform you about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
What happens with you
In the 34th week of pregnancy, your baby bump has reached its maximum – you would think. However, growth is not yet complete. In fact, your baby will continue to grow until the 40th week.
For some moms-to-be, the shape of their belly changes as their baby turns. In most cases, the so-called linea negra only appears now
This is a dark, elongated pigmentation that runs vertically from the belly button to the pubic bone. Don’t worry, this is completely harmless.
In the 34th week of pregnancy, your belly button also changes: first it becomes flatter, later it bulges outwards. This area may hurt a little during the 34th week. This is because the skin is under so much tension.
As it starts to get very crowded in your belly, your baby may put pressure on your gastrointestinal tract. Nausea and digestive problems can be the result. Our tip: Eat several small meals.
Tip for fathers-to-be
If you have any uncertainties or questions about the upcoming birth or would like to know what the procedure is like in the delivery room – don’t hesitate to ask your wife, midwife or gynecologist for help.
Pregnancy symptoms in the 34th week and what you can do about them
A wet bra is not uncommon in the final stages of pregnancy. The fluid is the so-called colostrum, a kind of pre-milk for breastfeeding after birth. Some pregnant women have problems with a wet bra as early as the second or even first trimester – but often the colostrum does not come out until the third trimester.
Unlike breast milk, colostrum tends to be thick and feel sticky. Nursing pads in the bra ensure that the colostrum is absorbed to avoid wet spots in the bra.
You have probably already had your first contractions in the form of practice contra ctions. With the lowering contractions, the baby is pushed towards the pelvis and thus moves into the birth position and into an area where it has more space.
The number of contractions is often very irregular and they are felt as a slight twinge or tightening in the back and abdominal area.
The advantage is that other pregnancy complaints, such as heartburn, decrease. However, complaints in expectant mothers are always different and cannot be determined across the board.
Protection against dismissal during pregnancy
You are heavily pregnant and your thoughts are currently only about your child, the time as a mother and the birth. For this reason, it is even prescribed by law that you are no longer allowed to work from now on.
The increased stress caused by pregnancy alone makes normal work impossible – which you should also take to heart and give your body as much rest as possible.
Maternity Protection Act
The Maternity Protection Act prohibits employers from dismissing pregnant employees from the first day of pregnancy. This ensures that the expectant mother does not have to worry about her job and employment after pregnancy.
Special rules apply to temporary employment contracts and termination agreements: These are not covered by the Maternity Protection Act and should be checked for their entitlements before or during pregnancy.
Premature birth in the 34th week: If your baby does not want to wait any longer
How far is your baby actually developed in the 34th week? And what would it mean if your baby wanted to be born now? You can find out this and much more in this section.
What is a premature birth?
Symptoms of premature birth in the 34th week of gestation
In fact, more than half of all babies are born after the 34th SS W. During this time, the most important developmental steps are completed and the babies’ chances of survival are very high.
But how can you actually recognize a premature birth? We have summarized everything for you at a glance:
- Bleeding during pregnancy
- Premature labor
- Loss of amniotic fluid or premature ruptureof membranes
- Opened cervix
- Severe pain in the abdominal region and back
These symptoms can indicate an impending premature birth – but they don’t necessarily have to. However, you should be attentive and strictly observe changes in your body.
If you notice even one of these symptoms, you should immediately go to the nearest hospital.
What are the reasons for a premature birth in the 34th week?
The causes of prem ature birth are usually different and not always clearly identifiable. Doctors speak of a multifactorial event. This means that several factors together can lead to a miscarriage.
Maternal causes and risk factors for miscarriage:
- (Vaginal) infections or hormonal disorders
- Malformations of the uterus or fibroids (growths)
- Highblood pressure, pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes
- Placental insufficiency
- Psychological stress
- Women under 20 or over 35 years of age are often affected
- Nicotine or alcohol consumption
- Previous miscarriages
Infant causes of preterm birth:
- Deficiency development
- Chromosomal defects
- Multiple pregnancy
The consequences of premature birth for your baby
If your baby is born between the 34th week and the 36th week, he or she is no different in health from a baby who was born before the expected date of birth.
As a rule, you do not have to worry about health problems with late preterm babies. However, this can be different for babies who are born much earlier.
Often they are not yet able to breathe on their own and need support. The chances of survival for late preterm babies born between 34 weeks and 36 weeks are 98% or higher.
Can premature birth be prevented?
Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered in a generalized way, as the triggers are always individual. In the case of preterm labor, it is recommended to lie down as much as possible.
A temporary hospital stay with an intravenous, labor-inhibiting drug can also delay the birth. A possible additional help is the increased intake of magnesium and progesterone tablets.
You cannot always prevent a fungal or vaginal infection, but you can at least recognize it in time. In this way, you can prevent the infection from moving into the uterus and, in the worst case, triggering a birth.
You can buy over-the-counter tests in pharmacies, which you should use to test your vaginal pH level about twice a week.
If you notice a negative change, countermeasures can be taken immediately to avoid a major infection with possible consequences.
Of course, you should avoid toxins such as alcohol and nicotine during your entire pregnancy. Stress should also be avoided as much as possible.
Inprinciple, it is better to visit the gynecologist once too often. In this way, for example, infections can be detected and treated at an early stage.
What happens with the baby
In the 34th week of pregnancy, your baby is about 45 cm tall and weighs 2250 g.
How your baby develops in the 34th week of gestation
In the 34th week, the development of your baby’s brain, nervous system and other organs is complete. Due to its skeletal structure, your baby now has a very high calcium requirement.
Normally, this is covered by your blood circulation. If your baby is born prematurely in the 34th week of gestation, you must therefore ensure that you take in sufficient calcium.
Studies show that premature babies who receive breast milk grow faster in their first year of life than “bottle-fed” babies. The nutrient-rich breast milk protects against infections and allergies and stimulates digestion.
In addition, it promotes the production of enzymes and hormones. In fact, it can compensate for slight developmental delays in premature babies. A true miracle cure.
Midwives recommend breastfeeding premature babies for as long as possible, even beyond the first six months of life.
Even though it is getting tighter in your belly from day to day, your baby still likes to move around. The movements are now very strong.
Lung maturity is now complete. If your baby is born now, it has an excellent chance of growing up healthily.
In the following weeks, for example, hearing will continue to develop significantly. Your baby will be able to distinguish more and more sounds and listen to your voice.
To build a connection with your baby, you should regularly talk to the little offspring in your belly or sing to it.
This is important now
How to prepare for the birth in the 34th week of pregnancy
As you already know, it can happen in the 34th week of pregnancy that your baby already wants to come into the world. So that you are not completely overwhelmed, we have some tips for you on how you can prepare for the birth now.
Pay attention to your body
Your body will tell you soon enough when it really starts. It is even better if you can interpret the signals. So that you know which signs can point to a birth, we have summarized them for you:
- Labor pains
- Severe pain in the lower abdomen and back
- Opened cervix
- Muscle tremors
- A very sure sign of birth: The amniotic sac breaks & the mucus plug comes loose
This is why perineal massages are so important
Doctors and midwives therefore recommend starting perineal massage early. This makes the perineum – the area between the vagina and anus – more supple and stretchy.
Natural oils, such as almond oil, are best for this.
Where and how do I want to deliver my baby?
Birth center, clinic or would I prefer to givebirth at home? And what birth positions are there? In the 34th week of pregnancy, it is time for you to ask yourself these questions.
Basically, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable. Talk to your midwife and find out about the respective advantages and disadvantages.
Everything you need in your clinic bag
If it suddenly starts, your clinic bag should be within reach. These things should be in your hospital bag:
- Admission bill for the hospital
- Maternity passport
- Health insurance card
- Identity card or passport
- Married persons: family record book or marriage certificate
- Single persons: birth certificate and, if applicable, acknowledgement of paternity
- Allergy passport if required
- Optional: Birth plan
- Comfortable clothing
- Warm socks
- Old nightgown or T-shirt for the birth
- 7 loose underpants or disposable briefs
- 1-2 nursing bras (2 sizes larger than normal)
- Nursing pads
- Absorbent pads
- Enough snacks & drinks for refreshment
- Hair band if necessary
- Washing utensils
For the baby
- 2-3 size 50/56 panties/ rompers
- 2-3 shirts size 50/56
- 1 light cotton cap
- 1 package of diapers size 1
You may be wondering if you are allowed to have sex while heavily pregnant. The answer is yes! It may be a bit complicated with a big belly, but sex is allowed throughout the entire pregnancy. You don’t have to be afraid that the birth can be induced. This only happens when your baby is ready and there are enough prostaglandins in the sperm. These are hormones that influence the uterus and cervix. In the 34th week of pregnancy, however, this is not yet the case.
As soon as you feel contractions, you should go to the nearest hospital immediately. The birth can theoretically start soon.
In the 34th WOP, the development of your baby’s brain, nervous system and other organs is complete. Your baby can even breathe on its own.
Your gynaecologist can tell you by ultrasound which position your baby has taken in the 34th week.
In the 34th week, your cervix should be about 25 mm long.
In the 34th week your baby will weigh about 2250 g.
In the 34th WOP your baby is about 45 cm tall.
Sinking pains are expressed by a feeling of tension in the abdomen and back.
When you can go home with your baby always varies. The individual development of the baby is always decisive.
34th WOP videos
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