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31 Weeks Pregnant

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide


Your pregnancy is about three fourths over already and the time has probably flown by! Here's what's happening this week when you're pregnant at 31 weeks.

Your Body at 31 Weeks Pregnant

If you were lucky enough to avoid heartburn before this stage in your pregnancy, you've probably started experiencing it now that you're 31 weeks pregnant. Your baby is putting pressure on your stomach, which is causing you the discomfort. If you're experiencing heartburn, experiment with smaller meals and avoid certain foods like tomato-based sauces and chocolate.

When many women are pregnant at 31 weeks, they find that it's difficult to sleep. Avoid caffeine in the afternoons and try to avoid stimulating activities like exercise late in the day. If you're having a hard time sleeping, consider a warm bath or warm milk before bed.

Sex at when you're pregnant at 31 weeks is completely safe, but it can be difficult to maneuver. If your favorite positions are difficult, consider some new ones to keep the romance alive.

Your Baby at 31 Weeks

At 31 weeks your baby isn't going to grow much more, but he will gain weight. He's also able to pass water from his bladder so he's preparing for all those wet diapers that you're about to change!

human fetus at 31 weeks

He can also tell night from day, but that doesn't mean that he realizes night time is for sleeping. Sadly, it will be another few months before your baby sleeps consistently at night.

If you're pregnant at 31 weeks with twins, they're probably getting ready to move into their final positions. Three fourths of all twins move head down, which means that moms could have a vaginal delivery. If your twins aren't head down, talk to your healthcare provider about your options for their birth.

What to Consider When You're 31 Weeks Pregnant

If your ultrasound in the middle of your pregnancy revealed a low-lying placenta, many healthcare providers will recommend an additional ultrasound of your baby at 31 weeks to ensure that everything is OK.

Back pain is a common ailment for many women at this point. If you're experiencing back pain, consider looking for a new bra to support your breasts and help your back.

Lastly, because your baby can arrive at any time, it's important that you know where he's going to sleep—in a separate nursery or in your own room. Having a plan for your baby can help reduce stress when you all come home from the hospital.

What to Expect at 31 Weeks Pregnant