34 Weeks & Running Out of Room

by tinysneakers

All I can constantly think is “6 more weeks of this expanding belly”?! I know it’s not huge, but I just can’t possibly imagine how it can get any bigger without exploding. Luckily there are no documented cases of that happening. Winking smile

Sometimes 6 weeks sounds like a really.long.time.

Sometimes…not so much. Especially when you consider I’ll be full term in 3 weeks. Or that I could have 8 more weeks to go…

34 weeks pregnant

What Baby’s Up To

baby at 34 weeks

Baby’s weighing in at 4 3/4 pounds and 18 inches long, and boy do I believe it. It’s hard to believe there’s still 6 weeks of growing left to happen in my belly- I don’t know where that room is going to come from.

The baby’s fat is filling in, and his or her skin is smoothing out. Those tiny baby fingernails are almost fully grown and waiting for their first manicure.

What’s Up with Momma

baby bump 34 weeks

For the most part, I’m feeling pretty good. {Still knocking on wood.} After 7 months of feeling like crud, I’ll take the minor discomforts that come with the larger belly. As long as I eat within minutes of getting up {no mater how not hungry I am}, I tend to be good to go. Eating isn’t exactly fun considering my stomach aches most of the time. Not an upset stomach, more of a physical ache- the kind that probably comes from being absolutely squished inside of me, much like my lungs and  my bladder.

The itching belly is no joke. I probably spread belly lotion on 3 times a day just for some relief. I have a couple tiny itchy red bumps on my belly, which I thought was pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy {PUPPP- what a mouthful}, but after Googling some images, I can definitely say that’s not the case- thank goodness. Just my skin being stretched into oblivion.

I’m pretty sure the hormones have gotten to my eyes too…my vision is all sorts of blurred, especially in the morning.

Milestones

mom's view of 34 week belly

This is around the time when the baby should be hanging out head down. {The best position for birth is head first, face down.} At my 28 week ultrasound, baby was doing exactly as he or she should- in fact, the baby has pretty much been lounging on my right side all of pregnancy. This week however, everything’s changing. I feel the hiccups in an entirely different place, and the kicks are on opposite sides. Apparently within the last few days the baby has decided it’s more comfortable laying directly across my stomach instead. Fine with me as long he or she gets with the program again in the next few weeks!

Speaking of kicks- there’s not so many these days. It worried me at first, but apparently the lack of room plus increased napping habits makes less movement common. Even though the jabs can be pretty forceful on occasion, I’m already missing them!

Coming Up

Nursery decorating. For real this time. {How many weeks have I been saying this?} I think there might be an Ikea trip in our not-so-distant-future…

Pediatrician finding. {I’m such a good procrastinator.}

Strep B testing…probably coming soon.

Baby-supply-buying. Guess it’s time to start buying some of the stuff we’ll need. Winking smile

That being said…what are the absolute essentials you need to have before the baby comes? {As opposed to what’s nice but could wait.} I need to prioritize this list.

3rd trimester pregnancy  3rd trimester belly

Other Stuff

Last week: 33 weeks pregnant

The rest of pregnancy: week by week

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie @ FoodinRealLife December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Happy 34 weeks! I’m 34 weeks on Sunday 🙂 I too am dealing with the baby changing positions. She was head down at my 30 week checkup and is now apparently breech. I’m hoping she’s going to turn around soon!

Glad you’re feeling good!

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tinysneakers December 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

Uhoh I hope she turns back!!!

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Lee December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Almost there! You almost can’t even tell you’re pregnant from the frontal photo.

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Kristen @ The Concrete Runner December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

You can’t even tell you’re preggo from the front – I was the exact same way, especially wearing black. Don’t worry about procrastinating too much – our nursery wasn’t finished until after my due date! Plus, he/she won’t know the difference!

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tinysneakers December 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

It’s definitely the black. 😉 And that makes me feel better! I know the baby won’t know, but I certainly won’t want to work on it once he/she is here. 🙂

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Jen December 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

You look amazing! It may not be much longer now; I started prodromal labor at 34w5d. The only must have I’d recommend is tons of burp cloths. We definitely didn’t have enough which was not fun with a pukey baby!

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tinysneakers December 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

That makes it seem very real. 🙂 Oh good, I have burp cloths!

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Vicky S. December 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Being 34 weeks as well, I have been picking up the “essentials.” After talking to all my friends with babies this is the list I have come up with… 1) burp cloths 2) the Boppy and an extra cover 3) Overnight Maxi pads (for the bleeding that comes for a few weeks after birth) 4) detergent, fragrance free 5) swaddles 6) bassinet with stand 7) diapers, I got some and some inserts for Gdiapers 8) wipes 9) and a list of people who will be “on call” to help after the baby comes! The list goes on… but you get the point.

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tinysneakers December 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thanks, that’s a great list!!

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Melissa December 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Burp clothes for sure, boppy, vibrating chair, basinett, blankets, swaddles, paci clip and paci (if you are going to use, it didn’t mess up bfing for us and saved my nipples). I highly recommend bringing an extra bag to the hospital for pads, diapers, and anything else in the bassinet and bathroom you can fit in your bag (ie sitz bath). I loved the maternity maxi pads they had at Womens. GL

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Alison December 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

I have a post coming on what you really need for the first week – stay tuned 🙂 For us the pack n play is the big thing we use all the time – he sleeps in the bassinet, naps in the cradle and we use the attached changing table more than our real changing table at this point. Of course, this was the one thing we didn’t have when baby was born, so my parents had to run out and buy it for us before we came home from the hospital.

I was the person who set up the meet and greet ped visit for two days before baby was born (though he was 3.5 weeks early so I had no idea) and got the GBS test results about 10 hours after he was born, so had to have penicillin anyway. And the nursery is still in progress at 3-weeks postpartum. Haha. It all will work out for you 🙂

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tinysneakers December 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Oooh I can’t wait to read it!!!! And I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t have everything done- you’re right, it’ll all work out! 🙂

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Drew@How Many Weeks is a Pregnancy January 13, 2012 at 3:16 am

Still looking good at your 34 weeks.. Good luck to your big day. Hope it will speed up for you.

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