Baby at 31 Weeks of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012

The stress influenced largely by the immense number of hormones within the mother’s body can make the experience of pregnancy an extremely uncomfortable one for any expecting woman. This added onto the substantial pain that the woman suffers as a result of the substantial changes that occur within her body in order to accommodate another life form is significant. As a result, it is easy to understand why most mothers would be very anxious to learn about the health and condition of their child at any time during the pregnancy. This is especially true as the date of delivery...


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...gets closer and closer. A number of expecting mothers want to know the status of their baby at 31 weeks pregnant as well as its positioning in their womb as these are all very important aspects of having a healthy childbirth. A pregnancy is divided into three main phases that deal with the status or progression of the baby. The first trimester covers the first three months of pregnancy while the second trimester envelopes the first day of the fourth month right up to the last day of the sixth month. The 31st week of pregnancy falls in the third and final trimester, which means that a large percentage of the baby’s body has formed. The average weight of a baby at 31 weeks pregnant is about 3.1 ounces – roughly the weight of about 4 oranges. Although this does not seem substantial – hold on! the baby is about to go into a growth spurt that will see it weigh as much as about 11 ounces by the end of the 32nd week! The 31st week of pregnancy is significant because of the substantial change that your body as well as the body of your baby is going to go through at this point.

The baby at 31 weeks pregnant should be able to use all of his or her limbs as well as move the head from side to side. Because of the fact that there is a significant change in position of the baby at 31 weeks pregnant, there will be a lot of movement within your belly as the baby is moved into the required childbirth position of head facing downwards. You should also be warned that the Braxton Hicks contractions are likely to get significantly worse as the weeks progress. They also tend to get a lot longer, with some lasting for as long as 30 seconds.

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