Believe it or not, the end of your pregnancy is near, and even though it may feel like forever, you actually only have seven more weeks to go. When you are in week 34 of pregnancy, your baby weighs in at about five pounds, which means things are probably feeling pretty snug. More than likely your baby is already getting into the fetal position as well to get ready for delivery in a few weeks.
While your baby is getting ready for delivery, more than likely you are feeling more and more exhausted as time goes along. Fatigue is extremely common around this time of your pregnancy, and aches, pains, weight gain, and even anxiety can be contributing to this feeling. During week 34 of pregnancy and probably throughout the rest of your pregnancy you are going to want to start taking a few more naps. Getting enough rest is important and you definitely do not want to rely on caffeine to stay awake, since too much can actually be harmful to your baby. So, take the extra naps and keep the caffeine to a minimum.
As you go into week 34 of pregnancy, you will probably begin to notice that you are dealing with more swelling as well. While you probably have dealt with some swelling throughout your pregnancy, many women notice that it gets even worse around this time. Be sure that you drink plenty of water during this stage of pregnancy. Also, keeping your feet elevated as much as possible can also help with the fluid retention problem too.
Throughout your pregnancy and especially towards the end of your pregnancy, it is extremely important that you get plenty of calcium. Your baby will be taking calcium from you to help in the development of his bones, so you need to be sure that you have plenty. Eating foods that have a calcium in them is important, and you may even want to purchase a supplement that will provide you with extra calcium as well. If you are not sure about which supplement to take, you may want to consult your obstetrician for advice.
Various aches and pains, such as pelvic pain, back pain, sore ribs, and even Braxton Hicks contractions are quite common during week 34 of pregnancy. Usually, there is not much that you can do to help these aches and pains; however, rest can definitely be helpful. While staying active during pregnancy is a great idea, as you get closer and closer to delivery you may need to cut back a bit on your activity. If your back is one of the worst problems, consider purchasing a special pillow or support belt to help ease the pressure off of your back.
Just a few more weeks to go and all of this will be over, even if it does not feel like it. Be sure to eat right and get plenty of rest during week 34 of pregnancy. You want to keep healthy and ensure that you keep your strength up so you can have a healthy delivery in a few weeks.