Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 31
You and your baby are gaining a lot of weight. So make sure you eat a well balanced diet that includes foods high in fiber. Also drink plenty of liquids such as water or juice is crucial in this final stage. You must continue going on your routine checkups with your healthcare provider and get answers to all of your queries.
The baby is now the size of a pineapple. It measures 15.2 to 16.7 inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds. He is big and crowding your lungs. The baby is now going through major brain and nerve development. The eye development is also significant as the irises react to light! All of the 5 senses of baby are in working order.
Your body is preparing for childbirth. The perineal (area between the vagina and the anus) is prone to tearing. Massage it with vitamin e oil to reduce tearing. Indulge in pelvic floor exercises to relax them in labour.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 31
Since the baby keeps squishing your lungs, you’ll be out of breath. The mails will grow and get dry and brittle. Braxton Hicks contractions are stronger. The breasts are leaky due to production of colostrums. Frequent urination will be due to overcrowding of bladder. Back aches difficulty sleeping, aches, pains, big belly, heartburn, anxiety, pregnancy hormones, and anxiety are other pregnancy symptoms during this week.
You must have good amounts of fruits and vegetables. Have shredded cabbage, chopped apples, pineapple, grated carrots, zucchini, mashed green peas tikkis, chopped fresh tomatoes and cilantro, frozen blueberries, strawberries, grapes, whole-grain cereal, dried plums, and fresh berries.
This is the right time to slow down your life a little. Relax as you may not be able to do so after the baby is born. Understand that about 6-8 hours of your day will be spent on feeding, changing and looking after your newborn. The present time is the best to take a break and spend some quality time with spouse.