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Highlights this week

Seeing red

Your baby can see her first color – red. Why red? That's the color of the inside of your uterus, so the cone cells for red develop first.

Tingling fingers?

Tell your provider if you have numbness, tingling, or pain in your fingers, hand, or wrist – these are signs of carpal tunnel syndrome

Buckle up

It may be getting harder to wear your seat belt, but it's still important, no matter where you sit in the car.

34 weeks is how many months?

You're in your eighth month!

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Baby development at 34 weeks

Piling on the fat

Your baby's fat layers – which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born – are filling him out, making him rounder.

If he's born this week …

If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run they usually do as well as full-term babies.

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Your baby is about the size of a cantaloupe

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Pregnancy symptoms during week 34


By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning while trying to get comfortable.


If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

Itchy rash?

If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly, and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Call your caregiver if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don't have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.

Don't see your symptom?
Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 34 weeks

Line up care for your older kids

If you already have children, there are good ways to prepare them for your baby's arrival. And make sure you've lined up someone to care for them during the birth and after.

Set up a safe sleeping spot for your baby

No matter where your little one slumbers, it's important to follow basic guidelines to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS. Find out all about making sure your baby's sleeping space is safe.

Stock up on supplies

Load up on pantry staples, frozen food, medicine, toilet paper, toiletries, and any other essentials. And make sure you have newborn necessities like diapers, wipes, and clothing – along with bottles and formula if you plan to use them.

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This week's video


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ACOG. 2015. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one [Accessed May 2019]

Mayo Clinic. 2014. Fetal development: The third trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20045997 [Accessed May 2019]

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2015. Fetal development. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002398.htm [Accessed May 2019]

OWH. 2010. Stages of pregnancy. U.S. Office on Women’s Health. http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/stages-of-pregnancy.html [Accessed May 2019]

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Kate Marple is a writer and editor who specializes in health, pregnancy, and parenting content. She's passionate about translating complicated medical information into helpful pregnancy and parenting advice that's easy to understand. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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