Hey there! Happy Friday!! I had intentions of posting a few days ago but I was having some computer trouble so that is why I am posting my weekly update today. My favorite day of the week! I love Fridays especially in the summer because I only have to work a half day! I’m looking forward to leaving early today. I have some things planned for today which should be really nice. I just have to get through a few hours of work.
Anyway, this week I turned 34 Weeks! Let’s get started on my recap!
34 Weeks Pregnant
Fun Facts About the Baby At 34 Weeks
- The baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long.
- Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever.
- Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.
- 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.
How far along? 34 Weeks & 6 Days
Baby’s size? A cantaloupe
Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.
Sleep: Sleep is very hard in general. I fall asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I start waking up every hour. I’m either tossing and turning to get comfortable or I’m using the bathroom. It’s just uncomfortable in general to sleep because it’s hard to sleep on your side with a growing belly. I have my belly propped up on a pillow but every time I turn, I have to move the pillow. It’s quite disruptive.
Best moment this week: Our baby shower! It was the perfect day filled with great people and delicious food.
Miss Anything? A glass of champagne, maybe?
Movement: Movement is incredible. Her movements are very strong and they hurt sometimes. Yesterday, she kicked or punched me so hard that I swear her foot or hand was going to go outside of my belly. Her head is nestled down in my pelvis so I feel a lot of her legs and arms moving. Her head presses down on my bladder a LOT which is a very strange and uncomfortable feeling.
Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches, Potato Chips, Nectarines, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero
Anything making you queasy or sick: I have really bad heartburn and that can make me extremely nauseous and uncomfortable.
Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!
Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy. I’m a little stressed because we still have a decent amount of things that we have to purchase for the baby. I also have to purchase what we are going to hang up on the walls and start hanging them.
Looking forward to: My OB appointment next week and maternity leave! Cannot happen soon enough!
So there you have my 34th week. It’s getting more and more uncomfortable because of my growing stomach and because I’m getting closer to her arrival. I still have a lot to get done but I am really thankful that I was able to take 2 weeks off before my maternity leave starts. That should be really helpful and I’m looking forward the opportunity to rest a bit before becoming a mom. It will give me time to prepare the house, her room and myself. I need that.
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!!