Pregnancy week 31
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How's the foetus during week 31?

Baby can distinguish light form dark

  • Your baby is about 41.1cm in length and weighs about 1,5kg- four large oranges.

  • A boy's testes are descending from his abdomen into the scrotum.
  • The digestive tract is almost fully developed.
  • Baby's eyes can open and shut.
  • Your baby can distinguish light from dark and follow a light source. 

What's with my body: Breathlessness

  • Back pain is common because your uterus places pressure on your back and pelvis.
  • Breathlessness is also common as the uterus presses against your diaphragm.
  • At this stage of your pregnancy the volume of your amniotic fluid is the most it will be. As you baby grows, there will be less fluid and more baby and because of that you will feel more movements. 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

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How your baby's growing:

Your little one has started to follow a rhythm of sleeping and waking. She can recognise your pattern of speech, the voices of people you spend a lot of time with and the music that you regularly play. She also tends to dream a lot - spending about 80% of her sleeping time in REM dream sleep.

Your baby will be running out of room in there, but you should still feel those 10 kicks or so per hour. If you suspect there's been a major decrease, drink some juice and see if she gains some energy and increases her movement temporarily. If not, let your doctor know.

How you may be feeling:

You're probably really struggling to sleep soundly, what with your big belly and no comfortable position to be found, not to mention baby's erratic movements and the need to go to the loo a few times a night. Rest as much as you can, when you can.

Now is a good time to think seriously about whether or not you will breastfeed your baby. While studies show that breastfeeding provides the ultimate start in life to your little one, the decision of how to feed your baby is a personal one.

You're getting closer and closer to your due-date - and closer to the time when breastfeeding is going to become a reality. We've spoken about sore nipples before, but read this for more detailed information to sort out the breastfeeding myths from the facts.

Tip of the week: Breastfeeding tips for beginners:

Cut yourself some slack. It's normal to feel awkward and sore when learning to breastfeed.

Have faith that your breasts and your baby will adapt in a couple of weeks.

Forget about bottles for the first month. Your baby will be working hard to figure out how to get your milk. Don't confuse her by throwing a bottle into the mix just yet.

Relax! Infants can sense tension. Sip some water and relax your neck and shoulders.

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