Prenatal Development – Week 31 – What’s Happening This Week?

Sunday July 15, 2018

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With only 10 more weeks to go, your baby weighs about three pounds, eight ounces and is about 11 inches long from the top of its head to its buttocks. After this week, your baby will not grow as quickly as it has been growing up to now, but the baby will still gain about two more pounds before it is born.

At this point in the pregnancy, the baby’s lungs, as well as the digestive tract, are almost completely developed, the baby can see the inside of the womb, and the eyebrows and eyelashes have completely come in as well.

You should have a prenatal visit this week. Talk to your doctor about Braxton Hicks contractions, as well as any other concerns you may have. As your pregnancy progresses and you grow closer to your due date, these contractions may intensify, causing you to worry about premature labor. However, these more than likely are just practice contractions as your body prepares to go into labor.

During this visit, the doctor will take a urine sample, weigh you, measure your blood pressure, check the size of your uterus, and check the baby’s heart rate. You should find you are gaining about one pound per week, having put on about 19 pounds in total up to this point.

The rapid growth that’s been taking place the previous weeks will slow down a bit. Even the baby’s movements will lessen at this stage. The brain, however, is moving at full steam ahead. The uterus is now situated about 4 inches above your belly button.

Your body is going through further changes besides the weight gain, which may include the development of varicose veins, leaky breasts, and a vaginal discharge that may get heavier as the pregnancy progresses.

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