31 Weeks Pregnant
— Time to start thinking about your labor options!
For 31 weeks pregnant women, it is common to get a little nervous or anxious about the upcoming delivery. Planning an event will help you to relieve anxiety and nervousness. When you are 31 weeks pregnant, it is the right time to plan for a baby shower.
When you are in 31st week of pregnancy, your uterus is about 4½ inches above the belly button. Pregnancy week 31 will also bring various changes in you and your developing baby. Have you planned about your labor options? If not it is best time to start planning. Get ready for your upcoming labor and delivery. Start your maternity shopping to buy the essential clothing and equipment that you need at the time of your labor and delivery.
You identify the sensation where you experience like you are falling even if you are lying steadily in the bed? Baby also feels this in the utero when your sudden movement makes them to throw out their legs and arms automatically.
At 31st week, the waiting begins for the arrival of your upcoming baby. You are now only few weeks away from giving birth. So, during this time, it is completely normal to experience mixed emotions, especially for first time mothers-to-be. In case you feel much overwhelmed with these mixed emotions, you need to talk with your care provider.
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Symptoms experienced by a 31 weeks pregnant woman:
Tightened muscles, contractions, swollen feet and squeezed stomach are all the pregnancy symptoms that you may experience during pregnancy week 31.
This week, some women may observe leakage from their breasts, which is called as colostrum or pre-milk. Generally, colostrum is a thick and yellowish substance, but for some women, it is thin and watery drainage from breasts. If you don’t observe this discharge from your breasts, don’t worry, this is completely normal.
Most common problem that pregnant women experience during third trimester is difficulty sleeping. With the increased belly size, you may find it difficult to get sound sleep during nights. Most women battle to find a comfortable sleep position.
Frequent urination is the problem that occurs in third trimester. The increased pressure of your growing uterus upon the bladder can cause the urge to urinate more frequently.
Apart from these symptoms, there are several other problems occur when you are 31 weeks pregnant, such as varicose veins, occasional headaches, nasal congestion, backaches, forgetfulness, and increased clumsiness.
Physical changes that occur in a 31 weeks pregnant woman:
Your diaphragm may become little cramped these days, which is because the uterus is pushing up against it, pushing your lungs and producing it harder for them to extend thoroughly. During this period, your baby is free on air and will be until the baby comes near the end of your pregnancy in preparing for birth. However, don’t worry, your baby is healthy and calm as he is getting enough oxygen from the placenta.
Fetal changes that occur in a 31 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 31 weeks pregnant, the baby is about the size of 17 inches long and weighs up to 4 pounds.
The baby’s skin starts to appear like it will look after the delivery. Gradually, the skin color is changing from pink to red, which you can observe in 31 weeks pregnant ultrasound.
Except lungs all the major organs of the baby are well developed by the time when you reach 31st week of pregnancy. These last 10 weeks are more vital for proper lung growth. Eyebrows and eyelashes are also well developed.
The baby’s immune system is growing stronger and it is able to fight against the illness causing substances.
From this week, baby’s physical growth will be slowed down a bit and each week the baby continues to gain half pound until 2 weeks prior to the labor. Pregnancy week 31 is the most significant duration for the baby’s last growth phase.
Nerve cells in the baby’s body start their functioning and now the baby can feel the pain. As each week passes, baby’s bones will become stronger.
Baby’s brain is now able to produce millions of nerve cells. The neurons are becoming active and thus your baby is also becoming more and more responsive. The baby can make movements to the rhythm of music.
Now the baby is also able to recognize multitude of sounds and particularly the baby is most responsive to your sound.
What care should be taken by a 31 weeks pregnant woman?
During pregnancy third trimester, you need to increase the consumption of iron to aid with proper supply of oxygen in your body. Some of the best sources of iron include: dried fruits, dried beans, red meat, and dark green and leafy vegetables.
Also, pregnant women should drink at least 8 oz. glasses of water every day. Enough fluids are essential to build new cells, decrease water retention and maintain higher levels of blood.
If you are finding it very difficult to sleep, especially during nights, you can use pregnancy pillow for proper support. It gives you and your growing belly a better support. Here are few more tips that help you feel good, particularly during third trimester:
- Everyday go to bed and wake up at the same time.
- Avoid drinking caffeine, especially after 2 PM.
- Avoid drinking excess amounts of fluids during night; otherwise you need to spend more time for your bathroom visits.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 32…