31 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed thirty oneweeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (31 weeks)

Try to experience the marvel of your baby’s movement at this stage. It is possible that these movements would be keeping you awake at night but try to make the most of it. Very soon the baby would not be able to move around very much, mostly, because she will run out of space in your uterus.
The baby at this stage can move her head from side to side, her organs continue tomature and is steadily gaining weight.

Your symptoms at this stage (31 weeks)

At this stage many pregnant women feel a little breathless during this trimester before the baby’s birth. The reason for this is that the uterus has grown very large and has started pressing up against your diaphragm.
This breathlessness is likely to remain till the time the baby drops down into your pelvis. This is likely to happenaround 36 weeks for women who are experiencing first pregnancy and could not happen until birth if it is your second or subsequent bay. If you have been exercising all through your pregnancy, some gentle exercise could help with breathlessness now.

However, if you have not been exercising in your pregnancy till now, exercisecould make you feel more breathless. So don’t push yourself and listen to your body.

If you are experiencing backache because of your bump, try not to put additional strain on your ligaments by lifting anything heavy. However this could be difficult if you already have a toddler or young child. You could ask your doctor or a physiotherapist to give you a maternity belt which would support your back.

Your life at this stage

If you and your spouse are nervous about childbirth, it could help if you both research together on the internet about personal experiences or take antenatal classes. You could practise the breathing exercises that are taught in the antenatal classes together.
Also decide if you would like to use a pain relief method during labour. Explore options such as epidural water birth etc. and decide on the one that suits you the best.

Important things to keep in mind

  • If you need to travel by air, you are still likely to be able to fly if your heath is good and the pregnancy is going well.
  • If you have planned to give birth by caesarean, try to research this option so that you are prepared about what to expect.