With 31 weeks of pregnancy, the most important developments happen in your baby’s lungs. The baby is very receptive to stimuli, reacting to sounds and movements. With the gradual lack of space in the womb, the baby has the chin at the chest, arms crossed in front of the chest and knees bent. Here’s the essentials about your pregnancy at 31 weeks of pregnancy.
- Age of pregnancy: 31 weeks (8th month, 3rd trimester)
- Embryonic age: 29 weeks
- 31 Weeks of pregnancy are 217 days of pregnancy
- Length of the embryo: 41 cm (measure from head to toe)
- Weight of the embryo: 1500 g (approximately)
- Size: coconut
Week 31 – 1st day
This week, the baby may have a gain of 200 grams. That’s because, this stage of pregnancy is characterized by the baby’s rapid growth. The little head is among the parts of the body that grow the most.
The brain, for example, has grown in size in the last few days and the connections between nerve cells have multiplied. Your vision is almost perfect and will be enhanced after birth.
Week 31 – 2nd day
Have you ever noticed your belly getting hard from time to time? Often it is not the whole belly, but only a part. These are called training contractions, which although they may be uncomfortable, are harmless.
But, attention! If you experience more than three or four contractions in one hour or if you are missing fluid or vaginal discharge other than normal, talk to your doctor.
Week 31 – 3rd day
Physical activities are very important, but at this stage it is difficult to do very vigorous exercises. However, there are adequate activities like walking, water aerobics and yoga.
Also remember to drink plenty of fluids. The coconut water is a great option, up to two cups of green tea are not harmful. But do not overdo it on caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks and coffee. The consumption of boldo or carqueja is not recommended during pregnancy.
Week 31 – 4th day
If you’ve had trouble breathing, maybe now it’s worse. This is because the uterus pushes the diaphragm into the lungs. If your belly is low, it will be easier to breathe.
If you start short of breath, calm down and breathe deeply. The time will come (almost at the end of the pregnancy) that the baby will descend to the pelvis and the pressure on the lungs will decrease, making you breathe better.
Week 31 – 5th
At this stage, you may be surprised to see that your breast is leaking fluid even before the baby is born. This liquid is colostrum, a kind of “pre-milk.”
If your chest starts to leak, wear protectors.
Bra sleep will be inevitable. Look for a bra that is very comfortable and with good support. Gymnastics tops work well.
Week 31 – 6th day
At this point in pregnancy your bowel is lazy because of the position of the uterus on the intestine and the decrease in physical activity. In addition, the hormonal changes influence a lot.
The tip is to increase fiber intake, ie raw vegetables, fruits (papaya, soft persimmon, orange with bagasse, gourd, grape, pineapple with crumb), whole grains and bread, oat bran and drink plenty of liquid. Avoid using medications.
Week 31 – 7th day
One of the best exercises for pregnant women is to walk because it helps to keep fit without overloading knees and ankles.
This physical activity, which can be performed during the nine months of pregnancy, is one of the most guaranteed ways to start exercising for those who lead a more sedentary life.
The ideal is to exercise at least three times a week, since lack of routine increases the risk of injury and, in addition, does not provide all the health benefits you seek.
Tips of Pregnancy
What can you plan for this week?
From the beginning of the third quarter you should prepare the list of what you need to buy for maternity bags. Before you go shopping, find out at the maternity / hospital where you plan to deliver what you need to take.
Although some of the items are basic and always needed, the institution may provide some and always have a shorter shopping list.
From the weeks 35 – 36 ( 8th month of pregnancy ) the bags should be prepared.
To learn more:
- What can not she say in her suitcase for motherhood?
- What can not be missing from the baby?
Stimulate your baby’s senses
During pregnancy, the fetus produces memories. Memories correspond to experiences and these come from the stimuli and information captured by the senses. Throughout pregnancy, the baby perfects the 5 senses as their organs develop.
With the exception of vision, all senses are active in the preterm fetus (before completion of the 37th week of pregnancy). Thus, your senses are receiving a lot of information, by smell, taste, sound stimuli or touch, when the mother gently massages the baby’s body through the belly.
Smell and taste are felt linked to survival. Its intrauterine development is important for the baby to recognize the odor and taste of colostrum (the first breast milk), and thus from the beginning to its feeding, which often starts in the delivery room.
During the first few months, you may have been worried about the risk of miscarriage. Now, in the final stages of pregnancy, the fear is premature delivery or preterm delivery.
During the third trimester of pregnancy it is usual to experience uterine contractions which, in most cases, do not constitute a warning signal provided they are not too frequent and do not cause pain. These contractions are known as Braxton-Hicks contractions and are considered as a body and uterine muscle training for childbirth.
It is particularly difficult for first-time mothers to distinguish between false contractions and true birth contractions. You can recognize them by placing your hand on your belly.
In the case of false contractions, the uterus feels hard, as if the belly stretches a lot, for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. However, you should not feel pain in your lower back or lower back. After the contraction, everything will return to normal. These contractions do not cause dilation of the cervix (cervix).
If you notice that the contractions start to become regular (for example five or six within an hour) or if they are painful, you should call your doctor or go to the hospital. Even if it is a false alarm, you will feel calmer if you examine it.
In addition to contractions if you have vaginal bleeding or suspected fluid loss through the vagina, you should seek medical help as a matter of urgency.
The hypnosis is a technique whose goal is to reach a state that allows to live the time of delivery with a certain “anesthesia” psychological thereby reduces the feeling of pain and speeds up the time of expansion, relaxing the general perception.
The Yoga is an ancient Indian technique addressed to the psychophysical well-being, and you want to change the way women perceive the different stages of labor, particularly with regard to the fears and pain. Both techniques use relaxation exercises and particular incidence on the spine, pelvis and respiratory rate. The ideal would be to practice Yoga from the beginning of pregnancy, maintaining a constant commitment to this activity until the end of pregnancy.
Did you go to the routine gynecological appointment ? Your gynecologist may schedule another appointment to ask for full blood and urine tests again.
Pregnancy Week by week
- 1 Week Pregnant: Early signs of pregnancy
- 2 Weeks Pregnant: Sign, Symptoms, Discharge
- 3 Weeks Pregnant: Sign and Test
- 4 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound
- 5 Weeks Pregnant: Belly and Cramping
- 6 Weeks Pregnant: Don’t be afraid of miscarriage
- 7 Weeks Pregnant: Development
- 8 Weeks Pregnant: Bleeding
- 9 Weeks Pregnant: Twins?
- 10 Weeks Pregnant: Fetus
- 11 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus
- 12 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound Gender
- 13 Weeks Pregnant: Scan
- 14 Weeks Pregnant: Baby moves
- 15 Weeks Pregnant: Can baby hear in the womb?
- 16 Weeks Pregnant: Baby movement
- 17 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal Development
- 18 Weeks Pregnant: Morphological Ultrasound
- 19 Weeks Pregnant: Weight gain during pregnancy
- 20 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus positions
- 21 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal weight
- 22 Weeks Pregnant: Baby size
- 23 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal movement feel like
- 24 Weeks Pregnant: Position of Baby
- 25 Weeks Pregnant: Sleeping position
- 26 Weeks Pregnant: Food and fruits
- 27 Weeks Pregnant: Trimester
- 28 Weeks Pregnant: Baby position in the womb
- 29 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms not to ignore
- 30 Weeks Pregnant: Average weight of fetus?
- 31 Weeks Pregnant: How many month i am?
- 32 Weeks Pregnant: How big is baby?
- 33 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 34 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Is how many months?
- 36 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 37 Weeks Pregnant: What are the chances of giving birth?
- 38 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 39 Weeks Pregnant: Considered a Term Baby
- 40 Weeks Pregnant: Contractions in Labor