WEEK 34: Moving into place
Your baby will now start moving into the birth position – it’s normal for you to feel breathless and have some pain in your lower abdomen. The big day is fast approaching – see how to prepare.
34-weeks-pregnant-banner.jpg

34 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

In Pregnancy

    3-minutes read

    At a glance

    It’s normal if your baby feels heavy – they’re moving into place in your pelvis

    Start your day with a good breakfast – like wholegrain bread and jam, cereal with fruit and dairy

     

    Eat starchy foods for lunch and dinner like pasta, rice, potatoes or pulses

    If you feel breathless, move into a position that allow your lungs to expand

    Baby may have already started to go down into your pelvis, but won’t get completely in place until about 36 weeks for first-time mums and later for subsequent births.

    Baby's development at 34 weeks

    Your body knows what it needs to do now. Your little one will just naturally start to move into place, and your pelvis will begin to widen accordingly.

    Does your baby feel particularly heavy? You may be experiencing tension or a spreading pain in your lower abdomen. This is totally normal: your pelvic joints are loosening up, pulling on your ligaments.

    Baby may have already started to go down into your pelvis, but won’t get completely in place until about 36 weeks for first-time mums and later for subsequent births.

    If the pain feels more serious, it may mean early labour. If this is the case, you should contact your hospital GP.

    inline_850_week-34.jpg

    Nutrition

    Start your day off with a good breakfast. Think wholemeal toast, or cereal with fruit, plus fresh fruit juice and dairy products.

    Try to eat starchy foods for lunch and dinner, as they’re a great source of complex carbohydrates and will provide you with a consistent source of energy over the day. Pasta, rice, potatoes or pulses such as beans and lentils are your allies. However, try to keep sweet foods such as cakes & chocolate for small, ocassional treats.

    Pregnancy tips

    Have you been feeling like you can’t catch your breath at times? Not to worry, you’re not alone.

    The growing baby takes up a lot of room, putting pressure on your diaphragm and lungs. This is what causes that sense of breathlessness.

    This feeling will disappear naturally once your baby moves down in preparation for birth. In the meantime, find positions that allow your lungs to expand properly whenever you feel short of breath.

    However if you continue to feel breathless, make sure you talk to your doctor.

    footer-week-33.jpg

    33 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

    prev Previous article
    footer-week-35.jpg

    35 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

    next Next article

    Important advice to mothers

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.