This is the thirty-first week, and within a few more weeks you will have your baby in your hands. At this point of time, an average baby will be nearly 40 cm long, possibly weighing near to 3lbs. The baby, at this time, will not grow much longer. However, they will able to put on more weight every week.
The baby’s legs, arms and body will now be in proportion with their head. Moreover, the organs are continuing to grow including the bladder which will now be passing water through it. The bone marrow of the baby is now doing the all the key jobs of producing Red Blood Cells, up till this point their liver had performed this task.
The little one will also understand when it is dark and light now, but still, it won’t surely hold to a day or night time sleeping or moving around regime! Now that you only have a few weeks until your delivery, you probably must have begun to find that your baby has now settled into a routine pattern of movement. If you find any change in your around’s movements, you can call your midwife or your healthcare provider.
You may be getting Braxton Hicks contractions now, and be experiencing a regular tightening in your stomach. Braxton Hicks are sometimes termed as practice contractions. However, they should not be painful.
You need to make sure that you get enough rest as and when you can since your due date is round the corner. This should be taken care of even more when you have trouble sleeping during the night.
Moreover, you might be feeling more heartburn now, too, as your growing baby adds extra pressure on your belly- your midwife might recommend an antacid if you are finding it too uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, you may find your complete digestion system a tad out of kilter in the late pregnancy. You can talk this with your midwife if your symptoms are troubling you. Some, such as constipation and wind, can be easily remedied with the help of the diet.
In the thirty-first weeks, your baby will measure 16 inches in length, and he/she will weigh nearly 3 1/3 pounds, which is about the size of a coconut. He can turn his head from one side to the other, and his legs, arms and body are starting to plump up as needed fat collects underneath the baby’s skin. He’s apparently moving a lot, too, so you may have difficulty in sleeping since your baby’s somersaults and kicks keep you up.
Now your little darling is approximately as long as a bunch of leeks, and he/she will now increase as much as a half pound every week till she’s born.
Baby’s Length: The length of the baby will be about 16.18 inches.
Baby’s Weight: He/she weighs nearly 3.31 lbs.
Fat: A layer of fat will be accumulated under the skin of the baby and hence its legs, arms, and torso will get filled out.
Uterus: You may have found that the muscles in your uterus get tightened now and then. These are the Braxton Hicks contractions, and it’s normal to feel them during the second half of your pregnancy.
A lot of women feel random contractions which are called as the Braxton Hicks contractions during the second half of pregnancy, and it often lasts about 30 seconds. They will be irregular, and at this point, they should be rare and painless. Regular contractions, on the other hand – even those that do not hurt – may be an indication of preterm labour. Speak to your doctor or midwife quickly if you have more than four contractions in one hour or any other symptoms of preterm labour. These involve an increase in the vaginal discharge or a variation in the type of discharge (if it becomes mucus-like, watery or bloody – even if it’s just tinged or pink with blood). Other than that, you should also check with the doctor if you have abdominal pain or menstrual-like cramping or perhaps an increase in pressure in the pelvic area or even low back pain, particularly if you didn’t have it earlier.
You may have seen some leaking of colostrum, which is also known as “pre-milk,” from your breasts recently. If so, you could tuck some nursing pads into your bra so as to protect your clothes. (If not, it’s nothing to bother about. Your breasts are producing colostrum even if you don’t see any.) If your present bra is too snug, you might also need to pick up a nursing bra. Choose a nursing bra which is at least one cup size larger than you require now.
If you’re carrying a boy, you and your partner will need to take some time to think about whether or not to have your baby circumcised. Find out the cons and pros from your doctor, and what the procedure involves.