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Pregnancy Week 31

Pregnancy Week 31

Baby Development

By this week, the baby has become around 16 inches long and over 3 pounds. Now the baby has fallen into a pattern where there’s a definite stretch of sleep, movement, and activity that gives the mother some breathing space to plan her entire day.

The baby’s brain has developed a lot and is growing rapidly. The nerve cells make connections, And the information is processed through all five senses. The baby has become good at sucking the thumb And making faces. Besides that, the baby can now hiccup, swallow, and pedal the little limbs that have developed.

Changes in mother

Motherhood feels slight discomfort answering uterus demands, moving other organs out of their place. You may experience shortness of breath even if the baby perfectly breathes oxygen from the placenta. At regular intervals, have small meals. And sleep on the left side, keeping the lungs space to breathe.

The mother can have as much sex see wishes as it doesn’t affect the baby. Some babies are often quiet when the parents are having sex, while some become frisky.

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Pregnancy Week 31 symptoms

  • Frequent urination is caused by decreased bladder capacity due to the increased uterus size.
  • Sleep issue:- Many  of the other symptoms  combined with tension related to pregnancy do  keep expectant mothers awake at night
  • Clumsiness and forgetfulness:- There’s a condition in pregnancy where the number of brain cells decreases, which causes your memory to be temporarily foggy. The reduced brain capacity and changing your center of gravity would make you more clumsy. Do be careful while doing any activities that could make you fall.

Important Tips

What to do

  1. Prepare a hospital bag with nightgowns, baby items, snacks, essentials, and a birth plan. Do you have an infant car seat ready in your car for driving your baby home after delivery.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated, as water regulates the body temperature. It also decreases the probability of exhaustion and migraines.
  3. As the feet and ankles usually are swollen, wearing comfortable shoes is better. It would help in keeping the mother from falling.
  4. Exercise, stretch,  keep your weight in check, and elevate your legs.

What to avoid

  1. Avoid sitting or standing for too long
  2. Avoid heels or any stylish shoes that are uncomfortable.

When to Consult a Doctor

  1. If there’s any facial swelling, consult a doctor immediately, as it might be preeclampsia. Preeclampsia causes high blood pressure, swollen limbs, and organ failure.


By this week, the baby will be 16 inches long and weigh more than 3 pounds. Mother has frequent urination and sleep issues and is clumsy and forgetful. You should be hydrated, exercise, and have a hospital bag ready. Keep your feet elevated and wear comfortable shoes. Avoid sitting or standing for a more extended period.

  1. N H S
  2. Healthdirect Australia
  3. The Cleveland Clinic
    Fetal Development 
  4. The Mayo Clinic
    Fetal development
  5. Women Health
    Pregnancy: Stages of pregnancy


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