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31 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Check those moves! There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you should get to know. From 16 - 24 weeks on you should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks then stay roughly the same until you give birth. If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately (it is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week). Do not put off calling until the next day to see what happens.

Get ready, get set. Your baby has been in a curled up position for a few weeks now. She'll put on another 2 pounds this month, and in just nine weeks, she'll be ready for a face-to-face meeting with you.

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31 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Losing your breath? That's because your ever-expanding uterus is pushing your diaphragm into your lungs. If you're carrying low, consider yourself lucky — women carrying high have a much tougher time breathing. 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 child care. Whether you're considering a nanny, day care, or care from a relative, start researching and interviewing prospective choices now. Even if you're not going to need full-time care, you may want to gather a few babysitter recommendations for special occasions.

Preterm labor or Braxton Hicks? You've likely been on the lookout for preterm labor symptoms since the middle of your second trimester. Now that you're in your third trimester, your body may begin to practice for labor. These practice contractions are called Braxton Hicks contractions. They are different from preterm labor contractions and are no cause for alarm. How do you know the difference? If the contractions are irregular and go away when you change positions or walk around, you are probably experiencing Braxton Hicks. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

31 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Slow down and take a few deep breaths if you find yourself getting out of breath

Be on the lookout for Braxton Hicks contractions

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31 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

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Slow down and take a few deep breaths if you find yourself getting out of breath

Be on the lookout for Braxton Hicks contractions

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