What to Expect When You’re 31 Weeks Pregnant
Just nine weeks to go! Your baby is so close (although the days can seem to drag at this stage of pregnancy)! Your baby now weighs around three and a half pounds and is busy filling out ready for birth. He or she will be sleeping more inside the womb so you’ll notice that there are longer periods of stillness and also periods of intense kicking, squirming and hiccupping.
Symptoms at 31 Weeks Pregnant
The symptoms of pregnancy in week 31 include difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath, heartburn, constipation, and forgetfulness. A few of those very early pregnancy signs – like needing to pee all the time, tiredness, back pain, and tender breasts, may also have come back to haunt you. Don’t worry, it’s just your body getting ready for delivery.
You’re now in the final stages of pregnancy and symptoms can change suddenly. So it’s important to keep track of changes and watch carefully for signs of a pregnancy problem. Often, if you can spot the warning signs early and make contact with your doctor, they won’t lead to crisis pregnancy. If you are experiencing unusual discharge, bleeding, intense pain or if your baby is not moving as much as before, it could be a sign that something is wrong and you should go immediately to the hospital.
Pregnancy To-Do List
During this final period, pregnancy can become a real drag if you let it. The pregnancy calendar symptoms of the third trimester can be uncomfortable, embarrassing and even painful. It feels like you’ve been pregnant forever and your due date still seems like an eternity away, right?
Take it Easy:
These feelings are perfectly normal but you can keep low prenatal moods by staying positive and keeping that end goal (your beautiful new baby!) in sight. Try marking off your pregnancy dates on a big wall calendar so that you have a visual reminder that all this discomfort is worthwhile and that the magical day is getting closer all the time!
Prepare for Labor:
If you’ve elected to have a home birth, talk to your midwife about the preparations needed to make your home ready and stock up on nice soft towels, new sheets, scented candles and anything else that will make your experience comfortable. You might also consider employing the services of a postpartum doula to help and support you in those first critical hours.
Invest in Nursing Clothes:
At this stage, you may also want to start thinking about the nursing clothes you’ll need after Baby arrives. Buy a few good quality nursing gowns and bras and tuck them into your hospital bag.
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