Your Pregnancy: Week 31
• This week your baby weighs in at 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs) and measures about 41 cm (16 in) from head to toe.
• Your baby's digestive tract and lungs are almost fully developed now and she's continuing to build up fat and fill out.
• Your baby has been able to open her eyes in utero; now she can also distinguish light from dark.
In search of sleep?
You may be finding it tough to get a good night's sleep these days. Sleeping on your belly is out of the question for obvious reasons. And sleeping on your back isn't such a good idea either, because your uterus may put pressure on major blood vessels that run along the back of your abdomen, cutting down on circulation to your baby and your body. Sleeping on your back may also make breathing difficult, cause your body to retain water, irritate any hemorrhoids and inhibit your digestion.
What’s a tired mama to do? On your side, cross one leg over the other and put a pillow between them to support your belly. Sleeping in this position will maximize the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and help your kidneys work efficiently to eliminate wastes and excess fluid, which will reduce swelling in your ankles, feet and hands. Learn more ways to get a better sleep during pregnancy.
You said it! Advice from real moms
“Take all advice you get with a big grain of salt. You and your mate are the only two people raising this child and you will do what you feel is right.” - Dawn
Satisfying sweets cravings
Got the munchies? It’s ok to treat yourself every now and then, but try to satisfy cravings for sweets with healthy choices. (Fruit smoothies are easy, delicious — and good for you.) Need help staying on track?
Good question! What are Kegel exercises and why should I do them?
Kegel exercises tone your vaginal and perineal muscles and strengthen them for the birth of your baby. Kegels will also help stop urine from leaking out of your bladder — a phenomenon that some women experience when they laugh or cough during the last half of pregnancy and even after delivery.
At this point in your pregnancy, Kegel exercises are best done standing up or sitting, rather than lying on your back. Stand with your feet about 12 inches apart and tense the muscles around your vagina and anus, as though you're trying to stop your urine flow. Hold the muscles for as long as you can, working your way up to an eight to 10-second hold. Gradually build up to 25 reps and do sets of 25 several times throughout the day. What a way to multitask during a long meeting or commute!
Labour day tips: a better labour
We admit it: luck plays a huge part in how your labour goes. But there are things you can do to increase your odds of a better labour. Who wouldn’t want that?
Did you know?
Your running shoes can help you get through labour! That’s because walking, and other kinds of movement, helps your labour progress and may also reduce the pain. For some women, it truly is the secret to an easier labour.