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Your baby is growing
At 31 weeks, your baby weighs around 3 1/3 pounds and length is 16 inches long. There is an abundant increase in his growth. He is more active than ever before. His head can turn from side to side. There are changes in his legs, arms and body. These are beginning to get fat. Your sleep might get disturbed with his little kicks and other baby movements, which only shows that everything is fine and healthy with your baby.
Your life at 31 weeks
At this stage, like most other pregnant women, you will feel the Braxton Hicks contractions at intervals. These contractions are the tightening of the muscles in your uterus. These last for around 30 seconds and are irregular and painless, at this time of pregnancy. If these contractions happen frequently, it could mean preterm labor. Consult and call your Doctor without delay if more the four contractions happen in an hour. Look out for other signs too such as a vaginal discharge or discharge that’s watery, bloody or mucus-like, pain in the abdomen, menstrual-like cramping, pelvic area pressure and lower back pain which you wouldn’t have experienced before.
Amongst all the changes your body is going through, you will also see ‘premilk’ or colostrum leaking from your breasts. This is a good sign andshows you’re your breasts are busy making milk. Ensure that your clothes don’t stain by putting nursing pads into your bra. Here’s a suggestion, go for a nursing bra that’s a size bigger, instead of your regular one. A bigger bra means more space for the milk to flow into. If your baby is a boy, your husband and you might consider getting your baby circumcised. But do so after consultation with your doctor and processes required.
Every baby develops a little differently - even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.