Unbelievable but true: your baby bump will keep on growing in the coming weeks! The main job of your tiny human being is to put on even more baby fat. Find out why it's not bad news if your baby is still not in the head-down position, what you need to pack for your stay in hospital and other interesting facts now that you are 31 weeks pregnant!
The size of the foetus is around 40 cm (crown - heel) and it weighs approx. 1600 grams.
There is even less room in the womb now. If your baby is in the breech position (that means, it is "sitting up" with its bottom pointing downwards), it still has until pregnancy week 35 to turn.
Your baby is now about as heavy as a butternut squash.
Are you still managing to walk normally or are you waddling now? It's hard to imagine, but your baby bump hasn't reached its maximum size yet! This means that your body's centre of gravity continues to change, as does your posture and gait. Your large bump and your body's preparations for the birth may also be posing a few pregnancy-related problems. Apart from specific aches and pains, many pregnant women generally find day-to-day life more difficult. Pulling on socks and tights, going shopping or working – everything can be much more strenuous.
Typical pregnancy-related problems in the 31st week of pregnancy (or 3rd trimester):
There are some very simple remedies to help counter these pregnancy-related problems: rest and drink plenty of water. However, if you already have a little one in tow, you often won't find it very easy to grab some time to yourself. A perfect time to get your partner more involved! Naturally, grandparents, uncles, aunts and other babysitters are now worth their weight in gold when it comes to lending a hand. Ultimately, your body is already working hard – so any support will do you good!
You can start to think about packing your hospital bag, which raises the question:
What do you really need in your hospital bag?