31 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 31

Your baby this week – Week 31

Your baby is the size of a butternut squash (called halwa kaddu in Hindi, or kalyana poosanikai in Tamil), weighs about 3.3 lbs (1.5 kgs) and measure about 16 inches or 41 cms from crown to toe.

Your baby’s arms and legs are filling out and are now proportional in size to their head. With the space growing lesser and lesser, your baby doesn’t have much space to move and squirm. But your baby’s sensory organs are developing well especially their hearing. You may be able to feel your baby jump after hearing a sudden loud noise.

Also your baby is now passing about 2 cups of liquid as urine into the amniotic fluid. Your own body replaces the amniotic fluid several times daily. Isn’t nature beautiful? Don’t think your baby is idling way sitting in the womb; instead he or she is practicing their moves to keep you on toes once they are born – kicking, sucking their thumbs, sleeping, hiccuping, swallowing.

 

Your body this week – Week 31

31 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

In the 31st week of pregnancy,  your growing baby is now large enough to fill the uterus that you are now feeling it quite difficult to breathe (where are my lungs? My stomach feels like it’s in my chest!). You are also probably finding it difficult to zero in on a comfortable position to sleep in – what with the large bump, the constant jabs and kicks, and the constant need to pee. But let us look at the positives of the whole situation, shall we?

You are getting closer to the delivery date and it’s now probably time for you to start packing for your hospital stay. If you have an older child, now is the time to talk to them about your hospital stay and that you will be away from them for a while.

Your shifting posture and lack of concentration is probably causing you to be clumsier than ever. If you are usually not clumsy, this might get a little frustrating for you. But stay away from the glassware, and take it easy when you are entering or leaving the bathroom. This might be the best time for you to ditch the high heels, if you have not already, and go for some comfortable low heeled shoes or slippers. Pregnancy brain is also rampant in the third trimester due to the shrinking of brain cells (don’t worry, they’ll grow back to normal after the delivery). Take time off from your regular life and delegate responsibility to someone else till you are ready to be back in control. If you must, get tech savvy and note down important points in your smartphone or post-its.

The growing bump is also likely to cause backaches – if you haven’t already, contact a yoga therapist to learn some stretches to relieve you of the backaches. Itchy bump? Can’t resist the urge to scratch? If only you could scratch…. Just there. But stop! Don’t. Resist the urge to scratch your itchy bump. If you give in to the urge, you are likely to fall prey to ugly stretch marks. The stretched skin is likely to feel itchy due to the lack of suppleness in the skin. To relieve yourself of the itchiness, rub some coconut oil or desi ghee on the bump, at least twice a day. Keep yourself hydrated and that should also bring back the suppleness in the stretched skin.

While you are at it, rub some ghee on your breasts too, in preparation for breastfeeding so they can become soft enough for your newborn to suckle on.

 

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 31

While you are still relatively active, you may be thinking of going shopping for the baby. You may have questions on the best baby bedding and most comfortable baby clothes to buy. Also, you may have questions regarding the benefits of post natal massages. Should you use a traditional Maalishwali? Can I breastfeed my elder one when I am in my third trimester? To find answers to these questions and more, sign up with ZenParent’s Great Beginnings. We have all the information you’ll need for your pregnancy and for newborn care, customised especially for you.

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