31 Weeks pregnant.

Hello everyone! Wow this week has gone fast. My son breaks up from school today for the summer holidays, I’m quite excited to have him at home for 6 weeks, I kind of miss having him home all day.

About baby this week:

Your baby weighs about 1.5kg and looks more than ever like a newborn. He measures about 41cm from crown to toe. His arms, legs and body continue to fill out – and they are finally proportional in size to his head.

Your baby can now move his head from side to side. Up until now, your baby’s movements have been gradually increasing. But from now until the end of your pregnancy, the movements will probably plateau. This doesn’t mean that they should slow down, but you may notice that the type of movements your baby makes change. As long as you can feel him squirming and kicking, you’ll know he’s just fine. Believe it or not, he still has plenty of growing to do. You can expect him to gain at least 900g before birth.

Your baby’s organs are continuing to mature and he is passing water from his bladder, which is good practice for the weeing he’ll do after he’s born. Also, the marrow in his bones has taken over from his liver the job of producing red blood cells.

You’ve probably gained weight this month, somewhere between 1.3kg and 1.8kg. Gaining 450g a week is quite normal during the last trimester as your baby has a final growth spurt before he arrives in the world.

You may feel a little breathless during these last few weeks before your baby’s birth. This happens because your uterus has grown so large it presses up against your diaphragm, the large flat muscle across your middle that helps you to breathe.

This breathlessness will continue until your baby drops down into your pelvis. This happens at about 36 weeks for first pregnancies and perhaps not until birth if you’re already a mum. If you’ve been exercising throughout your pregnancy, gentle exercise may help your breathlessness now.

However, if you haven’t been focusing on keeping fit, exercise may just make you feel more breathless.

Is your bump giving you back ache? Try not lift anything heavy, as it will put a strain on your softened ligaments.

It’s normal to experience hip pain as pregnancy progresses. In your pelvis, the ligaments may loosen so much that it affects the joint where your pelvic bones hold together. This loosening may result in symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which is very painful.

If you have SPD, rest regularly by sitting on a birth ball or by getting down on your hands and knees. This takes the weight of your baby off your pelvis and holds it in a stable position. Keep up with your pelvic floor exercises, too. Rest assured that having SPD shouldn’t cause you problems when you come to give birth.

Information and picture from babycentre.

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