The Week 34 edition:
Your baby shuts its eyes when sleeping and opens it when awake, only to see its first colour – red! After all, it is surrounded by red all around. The fat on its skin keeps the baby warm and gives it a plumper and well-rounded silhouette. You may be able to see its legs and arms poking through your belly! If your baby were to be a premature one, it would have been alright for it weighs a good ~2.1 kg and is ~45 cm from crown to rump. Your baby is about the size of a honeydew.
Here is a well-rounded list of what your baby is up to this week:
- The little one sleeps with its eyes shut and opens them when it wakes up.
- It is moving actively. You may feel its limbs through your belly as it grows.
- Everything is red! Your baby sees its first colour – red!
Track your growth at Week 34:
It is hard to believe that your belly is still growing. Well, it is true! You have probably gained 10.5 – 13.1 kgs by now, considering your average weight at the starting of your pregnancy. At this point, you feel drained and are susceptible to diarrhoea, dizziness, various kinds or pains and tingling fingers. It is also becoming increasingly hard for you to buckle up during car rides. Get help for the parental blues that you may be feeling as you approach steadily towards birth. Treat yourself to a nice bath, soak it in, go for dates with your partner and/or go to a pregnancy massage therapist. a car seat already.
Here is the list of changes in your body this week:
- This period may see the development of itchy rashes. Moisturise yourself well and keep a good hygiene level. Talk to your care provider. If there is itching without any rashes.
- Do you feel prepared for birth? Are there any thoughts or questions in your mind that need addressing? Now is the time to do it.
- Move more mindfully and if you can nap in the afternoons, nothing like it.
- Fatigue may not be as intense as the beginning of your pregnancy, but it does come and go.
- Pain is felt in your legs. Pelvic pressure acts around your labour abdomen. You’ve borne this with utter grace, stick around for a bit more!
- Your hair is growing fast.
- Your feet and ankles are prone to edema or swelling, which may lead to leg cramps. Drinking water can help keep edema at bay.
- Now is a good time to ask your partner to massage your back.