Your Pregnancy: Weeks 31 and 32

Pregnancy week by week: You are 31 and 32 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

You’re probably putting on about one pound a week during pregnancy (keep in mind, baby accumulates 50 percent of that weight). A growing baby and bump, not to mention back pain, heartburn, frequent trips to the toilet, can only mean sleep deprivation for you as you toss and turn trying to find a comfy position to get your 40 winks. Eschew sleeping on your back (and, obviously, your stomach), and lie down on your left side, legs parallel with a pillow placed between your bent knees to support your stomach and align your hips. This sleep posture permits blood and nutrients to flow unobstructed to the placenta.

Nerves on edge as your due date looms closer? Practicing the breathing exercises and massage techniques you learned in prenatal class may help relax you (and possibly your partner). If you’ve decided on natural childbirth, reviewing birthing position (sitting on a medicine ball, squatting, kneeling on all fours, side-lying, leaning against your partner) can also elevate your mood and make you feel better prepared for labour.

Baby’s World

From her crown to the bottoms of her feet, she measures between 41 and 43 cm. (16 – 17 in.), weighs 1.6 to 1.8 kg. (3.5 - 4 lb.); she’s approximately the size of a pineapple. Her hard-working brain can process data from all five senses. For instance, she can clasp her hands, smell scents you inhale and taste food you eat through the amniotic fluid. Her eyeballs can rotate in their sockets, and her bladder passes urine. Her developing lungs continue to line themselves with surfactant, a fatty material that inflates lung sacs and prevents them from collapsing after birth. She has been rehearsing sucking and swallowing for months but these reflexes do not work in tandem until at least week 32. She dreams during REM sleep and slumbers for extended periods.

Fun Fact

Dutch researchers believe that babies are capable of retaining short-term memories as early as week 30.

Week 30     Weeks 33 & 34

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