Your baby is continuing to grow each week that you remain pregnant. Your baby's crown-to-rump length is nearly 11.2 inches and total length is approximately 18 inches. Your baby weighs approximately 3.5 pounds at this point. Your uterus is about 4.4 inches above your bellybutton and continues to get larger. An average weight gain at this point is between 21 and 27 pounds. The weight that you gain is made up of your baby, placenta, blood supply, uterus, breasts, fat, water storage and amniotic fluid.
Because the ligaments and muscles supporting the small of your back relax and loosen in order to get ready for childbirth, your back may be aching from now on. There is usually nothing that can be done to prevent backaches, only to make them more comfortable. Many women get heartburn during these last few weeks of pregnancy because the oversized uterus leaves less room for the stomach and the contents within the stomach. Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help relieve the discomforts of heartburn.
This week marks an incredible milestone in your baby's lung development. Before now, the air sacs and branches in your baby's lungs were present but not functional. The lungs were not able to inflate properly. However, now there is surfactant being produced in your baby's lungs. Surfactant prevents your baby's lungs from collapsing outside of the uterus and the baby is able to take in air and breathe properly. The fetal ear is almost completely developed both inside and out. Your baby can hear your voice and other familiar sounds that she will recognize after birth. Your baby is putting on white fat under the skin and the skin's color is pink instead of red at this point. Your baby's fingernails have grown to the end of her fingers and she may scratch herself while she is in the womb.
Comments on week 31
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kentsmommy - 29 days ago
Officially 31 weeks today!!! Time is flying:)
kentsmommy - 31 days ago
Ha! Eating off of the floor:) Too funny. Kids are so funny sometimes.
JDH - 33 days ago
Exactly Kentsmommy! As moms, we do the best we can with what we have. I'm really sick of all the 'mom wars' going on around vaccines, healthy eating, cloth diapers, homeschooling, etc. Angel, there isn't a right or wrong choice. It's just what you're most comfortable with. Talk with your doctor, find a trusted pediatrician and talk to them. Educate yourself as best you can. You'll be great! Just so you know, right now, my daughter is dumping her snacks on the floor and eating them like a dog. : ) talk about good parenting!
kentsmommy - 37 days ago
Angel - I have not been vaccinated as it is a combined vaccination with tetanus which I'm allergic to. However, my 3 kids at home have all been vaccinated starting at 3 months. I also believe in healthy eating and lifestyle however, there were two confirmed cases of whooping cough in our school district last year. One of my children is in school and could be exposed; I couldn't live with myself if he brought it home and infected the baby who isn't yet protected. I plan to have this one vaccinated at 3 months as well. It is a tough decision and every mother makes the best decision that they can with the information that they have. Good luck deciding!
angelfree77 - 37 days ago
Some of these decisions are so tough! There was so much emphasis on my age and fertility early in my pregnancy and how lucky I was to even get pregnant, that I'm so nervous to do anything wrong now that we made it this far. I totally agree with you, JDH! I drink a lemon water concoction every day. I started that in July of 2014 and since then, I've had 1 cold that lasted only about 2 days. I also eat a lot of the 'power' foods. The problem in my household is no one else subscribes to healthy eating. My husband absolutely supports and encourages me to drink my lemon water every day, but he will not drink it for himself. My step-daughter only wants to eat fried foods. It's hard to get a child with special needs to understand the difference between healthy foods and not-so-healthy foods. She will fake vomit if she doesn't want to eat something. Dinner time can be very challenging.
JDH - 38 days ago
Hi Angel! I've never gotten it nor have my children. We do vaccines but I push them back until my children are older. It just makes me feel better. We are big believers in good diets, lots of water, fresh air, etc. of course sometimes bad things happen.
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