34 Weeks- Bump Update!

by Katie on September 14, 2011

in Pregnancy,Third Trimester

Hi friends!  Happy Wednesday :)  It’s time for another bump update!  It really feels like we are heading into the homestretch (I say that every week but wow, we are getting so close!)

At 34 weeks, Baby A is still the size of a honeydew melon (and the weight of a cantaloupe, according to BabyCenter).  From Baby Center-at 34 weeks, your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) 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.

Baby A still has some time to cook, but I’m glad to be at the stage where if she were born now she most likely wouldn’t have any health issues :)

How far along? 34 weeks, 6 days.

Total weight gain/loss: At 34 weeks I’m between a 24-25 pound gain.  With just over five weeks left, I’m hoping I can stay under the “recommended” 35 pound gain, though really, you can’t control it.

Best moment this week:  We got a lot of shopping done this week!  Slowly checking items off of the list of things to do before the baby gets here (there is still so much to do- I am tackling cloth diapers next- they need to be washed a bunch of times before they can be used).   Look at the cute little halloween outfit that we purchased for her-

Ack I LOVE the pumpkin on the butt.  So cute!   Shopping for a baby girl is SO fun :)

Oh!  Another awesome moment was when I tried on my pre-pregnancy jeggings (don’t ask me why I wanted to depress myself in trying on my pre-pregnancy jeans).  Anyway, the jeggings still fit!! :D  My other pair of jeans that I wore all the time don’t- I can’t even begin to zipper them.  Yay for the jeggings though!  (I’m sure that they are all stretch has nothing to do with it ;) )

At my doctor’s appointment this past week, I mentioned that Baby A’s movement had decreased a bit in the day before.  She was still moving about a lot, just not as much as she had been in the day before.  My doctor had me do an NST, where they hook up a monitor to your bump to monitor the baby’s heart rate and movements.  I got to hear her heartbeat for a good twenty minutes!  Everything was fine :)  I’m glad that my doctor is so proactive!  I also get to see Baby A again at my next doctor’s appointment- the doctor wants to do a follow up growth ultrasound from the one that she did at 32 weeks (when Baby A was measuring a week and a half ahead).

Movement: She’s had the hiccups a few times this week- poor little thing.  Still lots of shifting and random limbs poking about.

Stretch Marks: Still none, heyooo.

The Bump:  

Some weeks I try to wear the same pants and tank for the photo in order to do comparison shots- here is 16 weeks (non-maternity tank), 28 weeks and 34 weeks (psst- the pants are lululemon and they still fit, hooray!  Granted, I don’t wear them in case they stretch but whatever, small victories!)


It looks like she’s dropped a little since 28 weeks, eh?

What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Baby A’s next ultrasound!  Also, hitting the 35/35 mark- at 35 weeks, you have 5 weeks (and 35 days) left until your due date.  I remember thinking that was SO far away- I can’t believe it is almost here!

Symptoms: Still swelling here and there.  I’ve been keeping up with the walking (I walked 12.5 miles last week, yay) so that helps keep the swelling down.  Also, everything sounds delicious.  Yum.

Food cravings: Again, everything!  I am really digging juice lately.  I usually water it down with some water so it isn’t super sugary.

Gender: Girl :)

Sleep: Still lots of numbness when I lay down- lots of numb limbs!  I’m still sleeping fairly well though so I can’t complain.  I am waking up more to pee though.

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Belly Button in or out?  Poking out.

What I miss: I’m feeling good lately.  I am excited for Baby A to be here, though I know I will miss feeling her movements.

Milestones: I feel like we are really making progress with getting ready for Baby A.  Though there is still a lot to do (did you know you have to sterilize pacifiers/bottles/toys/everything!), we are getting there!  :)

Have a good one, friends!


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Trying on pre-pregnancy jeans at 34 weeks?!? You are CRAZY!!! It’s great that they still fit though, lol. :-)


2 christina September 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Looking good as usually! LOVE the pumpkin outfit!


3 Nicole September 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Love the comparison shots, you look fantastic!


4 Lee September 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I can’t believe you only have six weeks left! She’ll be here before you know it.


5 Wendy Irene September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I love that you can buy newborn Halloween outfits for Baby A! That is awesome. It is getting hard to wait. I’m excited for her to arrive :)


6 Suzy September 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

It sounds like you are doing great!! Keep relaxing and don’t worry about the CD’s too much. They need to be washed, but only a few times. Just remember to use as little soap with them as possible.


7 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

how exciting! you look great. don’t worry about the weight gain anyway, you are all belly!


8 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 15, 2011 at 1:16 am

You look so GREAT!!! And yes – shopping for baby girls can be so addictive. And cute. :)


9 Molly September 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

you look great! I bought baby clothes yesterday for a shower I need to go to, that never gets old!! love the pumpkin butt.


10 Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run September 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Look at your bump!!! She is getting so big and you look amazing. So excited and I am getting anxious and can’t for you to have her now. I keep reading all these pregnant blogger updates and it gets me itching for a baby. HAHA! :-)


11 Linz September 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Homestretch!! YAY! I love the cutesy little halloween outfit! Adorable.


12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 17, 2011 at 3:55 am

Ahhh, that little pumpkin onesie is so cute!! I can’t believe you’re at 34 weeks already. It’s getting so close!


13 Nicole @ PancakesandPilates September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

You look phenomenal. I love that you wear the same outfit for each photo, very smart :)

That pumpkin butt is TOO cute! That would be the highlight of my week too.


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