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Changes in Your Body When 34 Weeks Pregnant

Fatigue is a common complaint from mothers toward the end of the pregnancy. Fatigue at this point in pregnancy is often the result of:
 
Toward the end of pregnancy, you should rest as much as you can and take naps. You should not rely on caffeine. Too much caffeine can have a negative effect on your baby.
 
During week 34 of pregnancy, you might notice more swelling than you had before, especially in your ankles, fingers, and face. Continue to drink lots of fluids (water is best), and rest when you can with your feet elevated. If you notice sudden, extreme swelling in any of these areas, or you have a rapid significant weight gain, call your healthcare provider right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia or toxemia.
 
Other physical changes that may occur when you are 34 weeks pregnant include the following:
 
  • Braxton Hicks contractions, in which your uterus hardens and contracts
  • Pelvic aches, especially in the back
  • A sore rib cage, because your uterus is pushing against your ribs
  • A navel that is pushed out because your abdomen is being stretched.

 

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