Welcome To Week 31 (seventh month) Of Your Pregnancy!
What’s Happening With Baby This Week?
Developments in Baby
This week Your baby is the size of a pineapple.
Your pineapple is approximately 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) long and just over 3 pounds in weight (1.5 kilograms).
Please remember these sizes are just guidelines as all babies are a little different because parents come in all different sizes too.
Babies will gain weight at a rate of about 250 grams or 9 ounces per week.
As she grows, you may be feeling stronger and stronger movements perhaps adding to your inability to sleep at night.
Movement is a great sign that she is thriving inside your uterus, and you may notice more defined and more pronounced rythyms of wakefulness
and sleep as she begins to experience REM sleep.
Baby’s cerebral cortex has now matured enough to support consciousness and your baby is capable of feeling and remembering.
The cerebral cortex is the layer of the brain often referred to as gray matter. It is the outer portion of the brain.
Her brain and nerves are continuing to develop especially Baby’s brain connections. She will have trillions of brain connections before she is born.
Inside the womb she is perceiving all five senses and processing information from her environment.
Your baby’s eyes are opening and closing, blinking and learning to focus since the pupils are able to contract and dialate in response to differences in light filtering through the wall of the uterus.
The fingernails reach the end of the tip of the fingers now but the toenails still need a little more time.
Your baby is more aware and feels your uterus massaging him when you have those Braxton Hick’s contractions I previously described..
Baby is making faces, hiccupping, swallowing, breathing, pushing the little hands and feet along your uterine wall,
and even sucking his or her thumb.
If baby hears a noise he may react to it with a kick.
Your Baby’s reproduction system is continuing to develop. If your Baby is a boy, his testicles are moving from their location near the kidneys through the groin on their way into the scrotum. Although I have seen on an ultrasound, testes within the scrotum long before this week. If your baby is a girl her clitoris is now relatively prominent, however her labia are still small and don’t cover it yet.
Although your baby’s lungs are now more developed they are not fully mature. If baby was born at this stage he would likely need the help of a ventilator to breathe.
What is Happening With You This Week:
Rest (While You Still Can)
Thirty weeks down, and only about ten weeks to go! You are probably feeling the effects of the third trimester, and if nothing else, your rapidly growing belly is certainly weighing you down.
Although moderate exercise remains important, be sure to take it easy when necessary.
This is a great time for you to receive plenty of rest and relaxation before the arrival of Baby.
In fact, any new mom would probably advise you to enjoy it while it lasts.
Symptoms, Symptoms, and More Symptoms
Although you may not be experiencing new signs of pregnancy, some old symptoms are becoming a bit more glaring than others such as:
• Absentmindedness: Sure, Baby may be getting smarter, but you may be seemingly more and more scatter-brained these days.
It is perfectly normal to misplace your keys, forget what you needed at the grocery store, or even search for the sunglasses that are already on your head.
There’s a lot on your mind. Make life a bit easier by staying as organized as possible.
• Crowded Organs: As baby grows larger and quarters become cramped, there is less room for your lungs to expand as you breathe causing a feeling of breathlessness.
Try to find positions in which you can comfortably take breaths such as standing or lying on your left side.
Your bladder is also feeling the pressure, and you are probably running to the bathroom more often these days.
You may also be experiencing constipation and hemorrhoids. Taking regular exercise, eating high fibre foods such as cereals and whole grain bread and drinking plenty of water can help relieve the problem. Check out our nutrition video for more detailed suggestions.
• Braxton Hicks contractions: You might feel a tightening in the abdomen that lasts approximately thirty seconds before relaxing again.
This is your body preparing for the delivery of that bundle of joy you’ve been toting around.
These contractions should be infrequent and inconsistent, however, if they begin to occur frequently (five or more in an hour), call your practitioner as it could be a sign of preterm labor.
• Aches and Pains: With your belly expanding by the day, back aches as well as other aches and pains throughout your body—abdomen, hips, and even legs—are quite common. Take some time to stretch or even enroll in a prenatal yoga or pilates class to alleviate some of the discomfort.
Okay my Tips for this week:
• If you are having a boy and are considering circumcision, it may be a good time to research the procedure as well as the pros and cons.
• If you are developing varicose veins buy some support hose and for maximum relief put them on before you get out of bed in the morning.
Rest with your feet up whenever you can as this will help the blood drain from your legs.
Take brisk walks because muscles help pump blood from your legs back to your heart.
If you have to stand for long periods of time keep shifting your weight from one leg to the other instead of equally on both and
lastly keep check on your weight gain because carrying extra weight will put even more pressure on your legs.
Week 31 Basics:
Mom • Large belly taking a toll on your body • Increased absentmindedness, Braxton Hicks contractions, and aches and pains • Breathlessness due to crowded lungs • Frequent urination due to crowded bladder Baby • 16 inches (40.6 cm) long and just over 3 pounds in weight (1.5 kilos) • Stronger movement • Continued brain and nerve development, specifically brain connections • Senses are fully developed