Your little one isn’t likely to grow much longer now but will carry on gaining weight. Your baby can also tell night from day now. Sadly, this doesn’t mean you can teach them when to sleep just yet!
Pregnant at 31 weeks, your baby is now passing water from their bladder, so they’ll be getting lots of practise before they’re born!
If you’re expecting twins, they will be getting into their final positions before the birth. Around 75 per cent of twins get themselves into the head-down (cephalic) position that makes it easier for a vaginal delivery. If this isn’t the case, find out more from your midwife or GP about the best form of delivery for you.
As a 31 week pregnant mum-to-be, you may start to get heartburn more frequently as your stomach comes under pressure from your growing baby.
Some women experience insomnia during pregnancy. Try not to over stimulate yourself before bed-time i.e avoid caffeine and exercise but drink a milky drink or have a warm bath.
It is safe to have sex during pregnancy, but it may be difficult to use your favourite positions. Find out more about sex during pregnancy.
What to think about
If your placenta was lying-low at your 20 week scan you may have been offered another scan at 36 weeks to make sure everything is ok.
Make sure you are supporting your growing body. You may be experiencing back pain so take the appropriate steps to alleviate the stress. Your breasts as they change may feel full and heavy – make sure you’re wearing a well-fitted bra.
Where is your baby going to sleep when you get back from the hospital? Think about this now to avoid stress later.