34th week pregnancy check up
A normal pregnancy lasts between 38 to 40 weeks, but in some cases it may only last up to 34th week. When a baby is born in the 34th week of pregnancy, he is referred to as “premature”. In fact any baby born before the 37th week will be referred to as premature. The baby born at 34 weeks is not yet fully grown and is probably not developed enough to come out into the world as yet.
Despite this factor, a baby can be delivered by a mother due to several physiological and external reasons, but the real problem starts after birth. The baby being immature is unable to cope with the sudden change in environment and may suffer from health issues that can possibly be life threatening or fatal. Babies in a critical state need to shifted to the “Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” (NICU), and will most probably stay there for a few weeks. Despite all the risks associated with early births, modern medicinal and biotechnological advances have helped considerable in reducing the mortality rate of such babies.
Appearance of Babies Born at 34 Weeks
The appearance of a 34 weeks old baby may resemble that of an immature baby. Your child may have a very see-through, delicate skin with visible venous network (due to lack of subcutaneous fat). Some of the physical features will be fully developed in a 34-week baby such as full grown nails and bones. But the baby’s respiratory and immune system may not be fully functional, which means that the baby will need ventilator once he is delivered. Also the baby will have to be kept in an isolated unit to keep her away from microbial exposure; these special units are called NICUS.
Babies born at 34 weeks of pregnancy lack full functional capacity to live on their own, due to incomplete development of certain organs and organ systems. In addition, certain biophysical parameters may also lack complete development. For instance, the baby is most likely to weigh around 2 to 4 kilograms; their height may be somewhere around 50 centimeters and they are likely to have red/ pinkish colored skin.
Check Up During 36th Week of Pregnancy
When you learn that you have conceived a child, you experience boundless amounts of joy. As time goes by, you began planning your visits to the doctor for your scheduled check ups. During the first few visits, the doctor may ask you for ultrasound reports so that he or she can monitor the growth of your baby. The various reports will also help you to track the growth of your child, allowing you to see the development of the various organs of his or her body. It is imperative that you visit your doctor regularly for your scheduled check ups, so that the doctor can keep a tab on the health of your baby, as well as on your health.
The 36 week pregnancy check up is one that you have been waiting for, because you are now full term and ready to deliver the child that you have carried for the last nine months. Your doctor will give you plausible explanations about the movement of your child and why the movements have been rather excited at certain points of time, and why they become shallow towards the end of the pregnancy. A 36 week pregnant check up allows your doctor to check whether your cervix has dilated and whether you are ready to go into labor, or whether you need labor to be induced.
At this point of time, your baby is full term and may tend to get sluggish if you do not go into labor soon. In case there is any complication that has arisen in your pregnancy, your doctor will be able to rectify the same, provided you visit him or her for your regular check ups. See also 36 weeks pregnant what to expect
Getting your self a 36 week pregnant appointment should be no problem at all. Most doctors and medical practitioners keep themselves aware of their patients requirements at all times. They get completely involved with your medical history and are aware of every situation that you have faced during your pregnancy. It is always advisable to give your doctor vital information on your health so that he or she can make the correct medical decision to serve your medical needs. Place your complete faith in your doctor because doctor – patient trust is very essential during such a phase. The most important thing to keep in mind during every stage of your pregnancy is that you should stay calm at all times.
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34 Weeks Pregnant
Reaching the 34th week of pregnancy means that you are almost through the eighth month and are just one week away from stepping into your final month. The 34th week marks a crucial landmark for your baby’s development as his chances of survival goes up over 98% if he were to be born this week  .
34 weeks pregnant: baby development
Sensory organ development
Your baby can now differentiate between daytime and nighttime by the light entering the uterus through the gradually thinning uterine walls. His eyes are now mature enough for him to close them while sleeping and open them when awake, helping your baby to set up a distinct sleep schedule  .
With the growing fat layer, your baby now appears more like a newborn with rounder cheeks and smoother skin  .
34 Weeks Pregnant Picture
Internal system and organ development
The fetal central nervous system and lungs are now developed enough to function on their own if you were to deliver your baby this week  . However, most babies require external respiratory support to help their little lungs to continue working in a proper pace.
Sexual organ development
If you are having a boy, his testicles are moving down to his scrotum from the abdomen. In some rare cases (3%-4%), baby boys have undescended testicles at birth, that move down into their proper place within the first year of their birth  .
How big is your baby?
By the 34th week, your baby is almost as big as a cantaloupe  , being about 18 inches (45.72 cm) long, with his weight ranging around 4.7 pounds (just above 2 kg)  .
34th week of pregnancy: fetal movement and breech baby
The amniotic fluid levels continue to increase, enabling your baby to still move about in the limited space within your womb, sometimes even allowing you to see a tiny hand or feet through your belly  .
Most babies already settle into a head-down birth position (cephalic presentation), with their legs folded up in front of the chest, by the 34th week  . However in some rare instances, the baby remains in a breech (feet-down) or transverse (lying sideways) position. In such cases, it is recommended to consult your doctor regarding the ways of turning him externally unless he gets in the proper position by the next few days  .
34 weeks pregnant: weight gain, belly and body changes
The top of the uterus can be felt about 5.5 inches above your bellybutton by this week  as your little bundle of joy is going through a growth spurt. Your uterus is still sitting high in your abdomen, meaning things are quite cramped for your baby inside the womb. It will start dropping down lower in your belly within a few weeks in preparation for labor and delivery  . You are still growing about 1 pound each week with most of this weight going to your developing baby.
34 weeks pregnant tests, exams and ultrasound
An ultrasound exam performed at this stage helps the doctor to check for complications like a low lying placenta, in addition to assessing the baby’s position and health.
34 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound Picture
Your prenatal visits now probably involve routine blood pressure checkups to assess any risk of high BP or preeclampsia  . Rhesus negative women require a repeat antibodies and group blood test between the 34th and 36th weeks to make sure their body continues screening for antibodies to ascertain proper fetal growth. Your doctor might also recommend a vaginal swab screening test to rule out any bacterial infection (especially Group B streptococcus)  .
34 weeks pregnant with twins: tests and exams
Women carrying twins or multiples are often recommended to have a nonstress test once or twice per week after the 33rd-34th weeks  . It enables the doctor to check for early signs of gestational diabetes and hypertension while making sure both the babies are growing properly.