Pregnancy week 31: Your week by week pregnancy guide

Pregnancy week 31: Your week by week pregnancy guide

Your baby's limbs are proportional to the rest of his body, so he resembles a newborn more now. As for you, mum, find out what condition you must watch out for to ensure a safe delivery.

At pregnancy week 31, you might become a bit more forgetful, but that’s normal. The good news however, is that your baby’s arms, legs, and body will be in proportion with his head and he/she would be growing rapidly. 

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How Big is Your Baby?

Your pumpkin is as big as, well, a small pumpkin! He/she now weighs 1.6 kg and measures 28 cm. Your baby is getting bigger and rounder. His/her head is becoming more proportionate to his/her body, making him/her look more ‘human.’

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Your Baby’s Development

In this week by week pregnancy guide, you’ll learn that:

  • Your baby’s arms, legs, and body are now in proportion with his head. 
  • His/her organs continue to develop, including the bladder, which will now be passing water. Think of it as practise for peeing later on. So big development at pregnancy week 31.
  • He/she also knows when it is light and dark now, but he still won’t necessarily get into a sleeping or moving about regime.
  • Baby is now busy making faces, hiccuping, swallowing, breathing, peddling with his/her hands and feet along your uterine wall, and even sucking his thumb.

 Pregnancy Symptoms

  • At pregnancy week 31, you will experience frequent urination as your uterus puts more pressure on your bladder, which now has less room to store urine.
  • You may get occasional headaches. If tension is twisting your head up in knots, spend a few minutes in a dark, quiet room.
  • That growing belly can hurt as it curves to accommodate the load. Now is the time to incorporate some prenatal yoga into your exercise routine.
  • Feel like you are getting more forgetful? This is a condition that’s a result of shrinking brain-cell volume in the third trimester. Of course, your brain cells go back to normal a few months after delivery.

 Pregnancy Care

  • Take it easy when you’re climbing into the shower or tub. Roll up any area rugs that could trip you up at home.
  • Take a walk during the day or get some other form of low-key, circulation-boosting exercise.

 Your Checklist

  • Is your hospital bag packed? If not now’s a good time to get it ready, just in case. Here’s our delivery bag checklist which you can download.
  • Take a tour of the birthing centre or hospital where you are planning to deliver.
  • If you notice sudden facial swelling, talk to your doctor. Along with changes in vision and headaches, swelling can be a sign of preeclampsia.

Your next week: 32 weeks pregnant

Your previous week: 30 weeks pregnant

Do you have questions on this week by week pregnancy guide? What are your current concerns, mums? Leave us a comment below!

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Written by

Jasmine Yeo

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