Crazy, but true: Your baby bump will get even bigger over the coming weeks! The main task of your little one 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 fetus is around 16 inches long (crown to heel) and weighs roughly 3.5 lbs.
There is very little space to spare in the womb now. If your baby is in a breech position (in other words "sitting" on its bottom), it has until around week 35 of your pregnancy to turn upside down.
Your baby is now roughly the weight of a butternut squash.
You can encourage the baby to turn by performing certain exercises. Ask your doctor if you wish to know more, but avoid attempting to turn the baby on your own. Otherwise complications may arise depending on the course of your pregnancy or any pre-existing conditions that exist. After all, there is no rush when it comes to your little one turning – it may do a somersault at any time over the course of the coming month.
The baby is now growing fast: Around ½ an inch per week. Maybe that’s why it’s so tired? The baby currently sleeps for around 20 hours per day.
All of its senses have now fully developed.
Are you still walking normally, or have you started to waddle? It may be hard to imagine, but your baby bump is nowhere near its full size yet! This affects your body's center of gravity, your posture, and how you walk. The big bump and your body's preparation for the birth also bring a few symptoms with them. Aside from actual aches and pains, day-to-day life becomes generally more difficult for expectant mothers. Putting socks on, going shopping, and working all become a bit more strenuous.
Typical pregnancy symptoms in week 31 of pregnancy (or the third trimester):
Simple remedies can help to ease many of these problems: Rest and drink plenty of water. However, taking it easy may not be so simple if young siblings are already around. An ideal time to get your partner more involved! Of course, devoted grandparents, uncles, aunties, and other babysitters can also be helpful at this time. After all, your body is putting in a lot of work at the moment – any assistance is welcome!
You can start to think about packing your hospital bag now. Which raises the question:
What do you really need in your hospital bag?