34 weeks of embarrassment: baby development and changes in women
gestation week: 34 weeks
equals a month: 3rd week of 8th month
Equivalent to the days: 232 to 238 days of gestation
At week 34 of pregnancy, the baby’s lungs are fully formed, but they are still in the maturation stage, producing pulmonary surfactant, which is an important substance to facilitate the exchange of respiratory gases in the baby’s lungs after birth. .
During this phase of pregnancy, the baby has a greater weight due to the layer of grease on the skin, which will help to control the temperature of the body at birth.
During this week, the woman may have the sensation of lack of air due to the enlargement of the uterus that can cause a compression in the lungs, in addition to pressing the bladder, causing frequent urges to urinate.
At week 34 of pregnancy, the baby’s lungs are completely developed, but they continue to mature and produce pulmonary surfactant, which is a substance that helps to exchange oxygen during breathing after birth. In case the woman is at risk of premature birth, starting this week, the obstetrician can recommend the use of corticosteroids to help the baby’s lungs mature. She knows better the functions of pulmonary surfactant and when the use of corticosteroids is indicated.
The baby has a special layer of grease on the body, called brown grease, which helps to regulate the temperature of the body outside the uterus after birth, and due to this layer of grease, the skin of the baby has a smoother appearance.
During this week of pregnancy, the iris pigmentation process, in the eyes, is not yet complete. This will take place after a greater exposure to light several weeks after the birth. Therefore, some babies are born with clear eyes and after that they darken, having their definitive color after some time.
Baby size and weight
The size of the fetus at 34 weeks of gestation is around 44.2 centimeters measured from the head to the feet and about 31.1 centimeters from the head to the buttocks, which is equivalent to the size of a piña. The baby’s weight this week is approximately 2.3 kg.
Changes in the woman’s body
In the 34th week of pregnancy, the uterus grows and begins to measure around 30 cm above the pubis, so that all the abdominal organs move upwards, causing discomfort and difficulty in breathing, which can cause the sensation of lack of air. In addition, the woman can feel frequent urges to urinate, and the weight of the uterus can produce pressure in the bladder.
In this week of pregnancy, there may also be a more intense sensation of pain or falling asleep in the chair on the walk, which occurs due to the preparation of the pelvic area of the woman for childbirth, with the debilitation of the joints. If the illness becomes very serious, you should inform the doctor during the consultations, as they will be more frequent.
Care during the 34th week
In the 34th week of pregnancy, some precautions are important to help alleviate the discomforts that may arise, such as:
- Sensation of lack of air: you should change your position trying to stay in the most straight line possible to give a little space for your lungs to expand in addition to sleeping on your right side to help improve circulation, thus helping to improve discomfort. However, if there is an intense shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, rapid or jadeting breathing, pain in the pecho, bluish lips or fingers, falling asleep in hands or feet, you should seek medical help before it is possible to help more nearby emergency service;
- Frequent urges to urinate: if you can’t wait to have an orinar, it’s possible that the urine retained in the bladder increases the risk of a urinary tract infection.
It is important to follow the medical recommendations during embarrassment, take folic acid and the supplements recommended by the obstetrician, avoid self-medication, drink at least 8 bottles of water a day, take a healthy and nutritious diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to perform exercises to help control weight gain. See how the food should be in the embarazo.
As of this week of pregnancy, prenatal consultations must be held with greater frequency, every 15 days until week 36.
In the 34th week of pregnancy, in case the woman is unable to perform the morphological ultrasound of the third semester, it should be done so that the doctor can evaluate the amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus, carry out the monitoring of the growth and development of the baby and estimate the size, weight and measurements of the head, abdomen and femur of the fetus. It knows how the morphological ultrasound is performed.
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