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34 Weeks Pregnant: Early Signs of Labour

Written by Dara Duff-Bergeron

34 Weeks Pregnant: Early Signs of LaborYou are 34 weeeks pregnant! By now you should be pretty aware of the early signs of labor. If you’re not, here they are!

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps that seem to embrace (cruelly) your torso and include lower back and groin, and which become stronger and more frequent as time progresses (also cruelly)
  • Mucus discharge from vagina, possibly tinged with blood
  • Breaking of the waters (you’ve seen it in the movies)

Most women experience pretend labour (the professionals call it Braxton Hicks contractions) before the actual day. Think of this as a dress rehearsal for the big recital. Your uterus is contracting mildly to prepare for the work ahead and soften the cervix. Braxton Hicks contractions are unpredictable and irregular and they are not very painful. They usually last 30 seconds to 2 minutes and they can be an opportunity to practise your breathing techniques if you’re a real keener (or a great excuse to get out of finishing that load of dishes).

If those contractions turned out to be the real thing, baby would stand a very good chance outside the womb at this point. She’s almost 5 pounds now (food reference for old times’ sake: about the size of a cantaloupe) and 18 inches long – that’s a foot and a half! Not that you can see it, but baby is now opening her eyes when awake and closing them when sleeping. You, on the other hand, will soon learn to sleep with one eye open.

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Our pregnancy calendar is researched & written by our Pregnancy Editor, Dara Duff-Bergeron. Although she rocks, she is not a health care professional. It's just for entertainment purposes and any recommendations or information provided should not be used as a substitute for the real deal - a trained medical professional.

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  • Guest (Ava) Permalink

    well im 34weeks and 5days pregnant today... my waters have been broken for about a month and a half already... for acouple of days now ive been loosing some of my mucus plug, and just yesterday some mucus came out with a bit of brown streaking... And today ive been having stomach pain with diahrrea... im in the hospital now ive been here since this past sunday. and doctors been trying to induce my labor but nothing seems to be working so they gunna try again aweek from now... someone tell me with me having diahrrea today is that maybe a sign of labor? oh yeah im 1cm now....

    from Dallas, TX, USA
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  • Guest (Erica) Permalink

    Im 34weeks pregnant and I'm having stomach tight an little pains in my lower stomach what could it be

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  • Guest (nikki) Permalink

    im 33 weeks pregnant for the past 3 weeks ive had mucus come out,sharp vaginal pains,cramping,lower back pain,and it hurts to have sex feels like a knifegoing in me? wut is wrong never happened before and i have 3 kids

    from Crestview, FL, USA

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