You may have already removed all your laced shoes and no wonder why, as 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy left and your belly grows bigger and bigger. You could have read more in the previous 30. part of “pregnancy week by week.” Let’s continue with the following part today.
31 weeks pregnant
The baby has started to do “wrong.” But it is nothing in caparison with what you can expect from puberty. The baby just kicks and pushes you on the ribs.
In most cases, the baby has already turned upside down in 31 week of pregnancy. You can also feel slightly painful half minute Braxton Hicks contractions. Compared to the real labour, the pain is irregular and it is not accompanied by dilation. I guess you have already noted purplish stretch marks, tears in the skin on your belly, breast, buttocks and thighs even though you cream the skin every day. Don’t stop using the cream as the marks could increase in number and could be even well marked. Remember, that you will still grow by the end of the pregnancy.
What happens in the week 31?
The baby is in the last stage of development gaining weight fast. It is approximately 200 grams per week. The skin gets smoother because wrinkles and folds are stretched out by the fat deposit. The baby’s brain is very active. His nervous system transmits a series of signals.
Nails on hands and legs have already grown but are very soft that it is unlikely to hurt with them in the 31 week of pregnancy. There is enough surfactant in the lungs but they are still not fully ripen.
Week 31 is over
In this week of pregnancy, you have about one litre of amniotic fluid in which the baby moves. But its volume will decrease as the baby grows in the following weeks of pregnancy. There will be approximately 600ml of the amniotic fluid at the time of birth. The baby swallows the amniotic fluid and also urine into it, but it constantly changes of course. 7 to 11 weeks left to the delivery and the baby already measures 28 cm from the top of the head to the bottom, and over 40 cm to the feet. It weighs over 1,5 kg and has a 95% chance to survive in case of preterm birth. You go for the checkups in shorter and shorter intervals.