Your pregnancy week by week: Week 34

So you’re done with Week 33 and your baby is heavier and bigger than ever. But it doesn’t end there! Your baby (and your uterus) is still growing!

What’s happening to your body?

Your vision may be blurring, but don’t fear—this is just because of your pregnancy hormones. Add a decrease in tear production, and that will explain why your eyes are dry and irritated, especially if you wear contact lenses. Getting more near- or far-sighted is common and is caused by a change in the amount of liquid behind your eyes. Your sight should go back to normal after pregnancy. Do keep in mind that certain more serious vision problems may indicate gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, so be sure to mention any vision changes to your doctor.

An increase in vaginal discharge may be noticed. Once again, pregnancy hormones are to blame. Oestrogen causes blood flow to the pelvic area, stimulating the mucous membranes.

You can expect leaking colostrum—which means that your breasts may leak yellowish pre-milk.

Bloating and gas commonly gets aggravated during the third trimester; this could also be partially due to anxiety. In addition, you may be suffering from constipation and haemorrhoids this week.

Leg cramps and backaches occur due to the extra pressure on your body. As the pressure increases, your body retains more fluids. You may as a result notice oedema, which is a swelling in your ankles and feet.

How your foetus is developing week by week:

The foetus is developing little fingernails and toenails!

If you’re looking forward to a baby boy, this is when his testicles may descend from his abdomen to his scrotum (3-4% of baby boys are born with undescended testicles, and in that case their testicles are due to descend before they turn 1!)

What you can do:

Keep your sunglasses and eye drops handy for your dry and sensitive eyes.

Eat veggies and fibre-rich food to deal with constipation. Do kegels to address and prevent haemorrhoids.

Breathing exercises for calmness. Anxiety causes more air to be swallowed and, thus, more gas! So, try calming down a little bit to feel less bloated and gassy,

Stretch and walk—sitting only aggravates backaches!

Wear some comfortable slippers at the end of the day to take care of your swollen feet.

What will my baby develop in Week 35?