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31 weeks pregnant

What to expect this week

What's happening this week

31 weeks pregnant

Week thirty one and your baby is just weeks away from being in your arms!

At a glance

  • Your baby can now tell when it is light or dark
  • You may get Braxton Hicks around now
  • If you have other children, prepare them for baby's arrival

Baby

Your baby will not get much longer at this stage, but they will continue to put on weight. They will also know when it is light and dark now, but still won't necessarily keep to a day or night time sleeping or moving about regime! In fact, they might not be quite as active now as they have been in previous weeks as their space is so restricted in the womb. 

Do speak to your midwife straight away though if you are worried about movements slowing down, or if you haven't felt them at all. 

You

You might be getting Braxton Hicks contractions now, and be feeling regular tightening in your tummy. Braxton Hicks are sometimes called practice contractions, but they should not be painful. 

You might also be feeling more tired now as your due date is well and truly in sight, so it is important to get as much rest as and when you can, particularly if you are having trouble sleeping at night.

You might be experiencing more heartburn now, too, as your growing baby puts extra pressure on your tummy - your midwife might suggest an antacid if you are finding it too uncomfortable. In fact, you might find your whole digestion system is a bit out of kilter in late pregnancy - again, speak to your midwife if your symptoms are bothering you. Some, like constipation and wind can be easily remedied through diet.

What to think about  

If you have other children, they are no doubt on the countdown now for the arrival of their new brother or sister, and will have been well prepped about what having a new sibling will entail – but what about other children in your family? 

If this is your first baby but you are already an aunty, your nieces and nephews might be used to having you to themselves, and potentially not having to share their grandparents with other children, either. Take some time to reassure the other little one's already in your life about what an exciting thing your new arrival is going to be for the whole family!

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At a glance

  • Your baby can now tell when it is light or dark
  • You may get Braxton Hicks around now
  • If you have other children, prepare them for baby's arrival
Braxton Hicks are sometimes called practice contractions but should not be painful

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