We are down to single digits in the weekly countdown: just NINE more weeks to go! Hang in there, mama!
That sweet little babe of yours is plumping up and headed towards a big growth spurt. While this may leave mama more uncomfortable, we want that baby to grow as big and healthy as possible!
Baby In Action at 31 Weeks
At 31 weeks, all of baby’s 5 senses are fully developed. Your baby may have also moved to a head down position, which is great! That’s exactly how we want them for delivery.
Baby Size at 31 Weeks
Baby’s average 3.2 pounds and 16 inches at 31 weeks. Your little babe is the size of a coconut
Your Body at 31 Weeks
At 30 weeks pregnant, there is aLONG list of symptoms you may be feeling and may continue to feel over the next 9 Weeks. You may be experiencing all of these or if you are one of the lucky ones, just a few. Either way, hang in there mama!
Swelling: Swelling occurs due to an increase in blood in mamas body during pregnancy. It tends to pool in your extremities (hands, feet). There are many ways you can fight swelling naturally. However, extreme swelling could be a sign of preeclampsia to be sure to speak to your doctor if you are concerned.
-Heartburn: baby is growing! And all of that growth tends to put more pressure on your intestines and stomach, making heartburn especially common during the third trimester. Tums and Roliads are a great way to calm the burn. You can also try to differentiate which foods cause more issues than others and avoid them.
-Lower Back Pain: That bump is putting alot of strain on your lower back. Rest frequently and consider taking a prenatal class to relax and stretch out those aching back muscles. You can also opt for a maternity support belt to help take the strain off of your back.
-Shortness of Breath: Not only is your growing baby pushing on your stomach, bladder, lower back (and a long list of other things), but he or she is also crowding your lung space, making mama short of breath. Rest assured, baby will drop in the coming weeks and it should get easier to breath normally.
31 Week To-Do-List
– Read up on Braxton Hicks Contractions. You may start experiencing “practice contractions” in the coming weeks, This is your body gearing up for the real deal. You can read all about how to spot the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and real contractions in this post.
– Ready to start nesting for baby? There is alot to do to prepare and we’ve created an 8 week challenge to get it all done! The purpose of this challenge is to break up the long to-do list to make it more manageable (and less stressful!) for the parents-to-be. You can get started with the challenge here.