Pregnancy: Week 31

When you reach the week 31 milestone of your pregnancy, you begin to notice that your baby is experiencing more pronounced activity and rest stages. That’s because your baby is putting in longer stretches of sleep.

What to Expect with Physiological Development

Your baby’s hearing has developed to the point where he may begin moving or swaying to music he likes, responding to talking from you, your spouse, or anyone else in the room with you. Your baby is also urinating about 2 cups of liquid into the amniotic fluid every day. Don’t worry, though, because your body is replacing the amniotic fluid several times a day.

Your 31 Week Ultrasound

During your week 31 ultrasound, your baby’s senses are all kicking into high gear now. You may notice your baby sucking his thumb or moving his feet in a pedaling motion.

If you’re lucky, you may also notice your baby beginning to make faces, swallow, and even move his hands around as though he’s studying them.

Changes in You

For you, week 31 can mean an increase in the stress level you feel. After all, your delivery date is now less than 10 weeks away. You may also notice shortness of breath. That’s because your baby, in your uterus, is pushing up, creating less space for your lungs and diaphragm.

This is going to continue for the next nine or 10 weeks until your baby is delivered. Don’t worry, though, your baby is completely fine. Even though you may experience shortness of breath and that can certainly be uncomfortable for you, your baby is getting plenty of oxygen from the placenta.

What You Should be Doing

You need to get plenty of rest as it can be difficult to do that at night. You may need to elevate your body in a semi-seated position in order to get comfortable. A lot of women have questions about sex during the final trimester of their pregnancy. As long as you and your partner are okay with it, there is nothing wrong with it.

Your baby may fall asleep or become more active, mostly because of the rhythmic motions created by sex. This is completely normal.

Ending Week 31

You may be hearing about things you’ll need for your nursery, including a crib set. Avoid crib bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, and blankets. You’re probably going to get a lot of these as gifts at a baby shower, but make sure you don’t leave these in the crib with your newborn infant when he arrives.

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