Has your midwife taken you through your birth plan yet? If not, then now it’s the time that she does, as your baby can decide to leave Hotel Utero at any time! Size of a baby at 34 weeks is around a butternut squash, your tiny human keeps growing rapidly as he piles on layers of fat. All his organs are almost fully formed by the 34th week of pregnancy, and his brain is currently undergoing major development. It won’t be long until you’ll be able to hold your little one and get rid of all these annoying pregnancy symptoms!
Pregnancy Symptoms at 34 Weeks
How big is a baby at 34 weeks? Your tiny human measures about 18 inches long and weighs about 4 3/4 pounds — fetus’s almost the size of a butternut squash. He continues to pile on layers of fat that will make his body rounder and his skin less translucent and wrinkly. In fact, his skin is smoother than ever before! Right now, his little brain is forming trillions of connections, which makes it possible for him to even learn in the womb. All this brain development makes him rather sleepy, so don’t worry if he’s not as active as usually. Interestingly, the brain isn’t fully developed at birth — it takes another year for the brain to triple in size and become three-quarters of its adult size.
When you're 34 weeks pregnant, his hearing is almost fully developed, so it’s a good idea to start talking to him. Babies tend to be particularly responsive to high pitch sounds. His lungs are still in the process of maturing so they’ll be able to breathe individually after birth. By now, your baby should already be in the head-down position, ready for birth.