Pregnancy week 31

Baby’s growth now is all about filling out rather than getting long. The lungs and digestive tract are almost completely developed although a few more weeks are needed before the lungs are able to function fully.

You may worry that if you are breathless from walking or sometimes even just sitting that your baby is in danger. This is not true. Your baby is getting plenty of oxygen from your placenta. You are bound to find it hard to take deep breaths because your lungs are struggling for space in there.

Due to the deposits of white fat underneath the skin the baby’s skin is no longer red but pink, and your baby weighs about 3lb 5oz (1.5kg). The finger nails may reach the end of the hands by now.

Your pregnancy feels like it’s been going on forever – this is probably because you have shared the same news updates with so many people and been listing to advice and reading information that you feel you have done so much!

Your abdomen swells and your rib cage and pelvis may be sore as the baby gets bigger and fills up all the space you have available. As baby fills out, there are more treats in store for you – not – like heartburn and leg cramps. If you don’t suffer much with ailments, it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong – just that you should count yourself lucky.

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