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31 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 31 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a coconut (length: 17”; weight: 1.5kg).

Check those moves! Your baby’s movement and kicks are an important sign to you that everything is ok in there. Make sure each day you are feeling kicks: if you’re not sure, lie down and have a snack – this usually wakes them up to move around. If you are ever concerned the baby is moving less, contact your midwife or labour ward urgently. (For more information, visit the NHS website.)

Measuring up. Baby has been in a curled up position for a few weeks now. He or she will put on another two pounds this month and will be ready for a face-to-face meeting in just nine weeks.

Your pregnancy at 31 weeks

Losing your breath? That’s thanks to your ever-expanding uterus pushing your diaphragm into your lungs. If you're carrying low, consider yourself lucky–women carrying high have a much tougher time of it. If you find yourself huffing and puffing, slow down and take a few deep breaths. Toward the end of your pregnancy (around week 37 or 38), you may get a break as your baby drops down into your pelvis, easing up on your diaphragm and lungs.

Choosing childcare. Whether you're considering a nanny, day care or a relative, start researching and interviewing prospective choices now. Even if you're not going to need full-time care, you'll probably want to gather a few babysitter recommendations for special occasions.

Preterm labor or Braxton Hicks? You've probably been on the lookout for preterm labour symptoms since the middle of your second trimester. Now that you're in your third trimester, you’ll start experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. They are different from preterm labour contractions and are no cause for alarm. The difference? If the contractions are irregular and go away when you change positions or walk around, you are probably experiencing Braxton Hicks.


Did you know? Thumbsucking already? If a hand gets near the face, baby can move his or her head back and forth in a “rooting reflex” to grasp the thumb into the mouth and begin sucking. This reflex will help baby locate and latch onto the breast after birth.

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