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Your Baby's Development This Week

Your baby is probably around 15-16 inches in length and weighs in around 3-4 pounds.

That fat layer is still building up, and with it the skin tone will continue to become more pink and less transparent in appearance.

The brain is becoming more ridged and grooved and the nerves are growing at a tremendous rate. Already the baby is processing information gleaned from all five senses.

Feel like the baby is doing a little dance in response to music? Might not be so much a funny image as a reality. Research has shown that babies do move in rhythm and response to musical input.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 31

Have you noticed a sticky yellowish substance leaking from your breasts? The presence or absence of it is perfectly normal. Some women will leak this first stage of milk in the weeks before birth, others will only notice it after baby's arrival.

Other leaking issues? You might find it embarrassing, but many expectant moms experience urine leakage when sneezing, or maybe laughing. Wearing a pantyliner may help. Kegel exercises will be helpful as well.

Another uncomfortable reality? Your internal organs are not quite where they used to be. Your bladder feels squished, your lungs stuffed up higher into your chest and the uterus is a whole four inches above the belly button now.

You may experience a feeling of not being able to get your breath, but rest assured baby is breathing just fine. To help you breathe easier, try to sit and stand up straight, and sleep on your side, propped on pillows.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Sometime after 28 weeks your physician may order a Fetal Nonstress Test. This is a simple noninvasive procedure done in around thirty minutes time. Two belts will be placed on mother's abdomen, one to measure fetal heart rate, the other to monitor contractions. The baby's heart rate should increase with fetal activity, and should decrease at rest. Occasionally baby decides to nap during the test, and should that happen, sometimes a little buzzer will be used to wake up baby. This test may be ordered should there be any question on the level of fetal activity, or if there is a possibility of placental function issues, or if this is a high risk pregnancy.

Preparing for Baby

You and your partner may want to check into infant CPR and first aid classes now, as part of your preparation for the new arrival. It's a good idea for anyone who will be around baby, including grandparents or babysitters. The classes are often short and will bring a peace of mind to worrying new parents. Knowing that you are prepared for emergencies will make you feel much more confident as a new parent.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Are you getting your body ready for labor? There are exercises that are helpful in preparing for childbirth. First of all, doing Kegel exercises daily will definitely help with labor and after wards. Contract those muscles you use to shut off the flow of urine. Work on holding for five seconds at a time, working up to 10 seconds contracted with 10 seconds rest in between. You should do three sets of 10 a day. Other exercises are yoga type stretches, that are geared to pregnant women and aid in strengthening and stretching and relaxing your muscles, especially those you'll rely on most during birth.

Pregnancy Week 31 Comfort Meter

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Ana Jul 26, 2017 03:53:00 AM ET

I love being pregnant and my pregnancy is going smooth, sooo sad it's almost over.

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Guest Dec 6, 2016 05:23:14 AM ET

I hate it.

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Vonn Sep 1, 2016 03:01:23 PM ET

Lol This post is like super old. I see,but maybe I can spice it back up for the 2016 mommies to be! Well I'm 31 weeks 4 days and I am so overly excited to meet my little man next month. This has been a good pregnancy overall, besides the morning sickness in the beginning and now being super uncomfortable all the time. I'm just ready to meet him! Oh yes I am a FTM. lol Glad I could use that since I've finally come to realize what it stands for)! Happy,, healthy, and easy delivery wishes to all!

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cece Feb 4, 2015 11:50:14 PM ET

This is my 3rd pregnancy and I can't seem to get any good sleep. My hips hurt so bad, and I'm ready to have my son, but I want to finish the pregnancy with a good spirit. This will be the last. I already have 2 other boys, ages 7 and 4! Good luck MaZiah's mommy.

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selena Jan 24, 2015 04:48:47 PM ET

I'm 31 weeks and 4 days, and I feel like crap. I can't wait to have this baby. This is number 5 for me. I never thought that I would be looking forward to labor and contractions so badly.

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Guest Nov 24, 2014 07:06:19 PM ET

I am 31 weeks pregnant with severe morning sickness. I couldn't even keep water down. Two months ago, I managed to keep food down for 30 minutes. Now, I have been having breathing difficulty. I've been to a&e twice. They sent me home. They say the baby is high up. I got a little toddler whose 3. He's a very healthy boy who was born 5 lbs. Now, they want a scan of my lungs. I get really upset when I pant for breath. I can't wait to have this baby and be back to normal.

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Nina F Aug 8, 2013 08:35:57 PM ET

I'm 31 weeks pregnant-34 years old. I cannot wait to NOT be pregnant anymore as i just entered my 3rd trimester i feel more tired, fatigue,heavy and TIRED :NO ENERGY! And i was having sleeping issues, could not get a good night sleep for 3weeks! it was driving me crazy!!!!!!!! Until my friend that was also pregnant(she's not anymore) :) Told me that i should go for walks after work ( i work full time BTW i would just come home and rest,take a hot shower and go to bed to be ready for the next day! I guess that was my "routine" So my friend told that i should go for walks instead of just coming home and lay in bed! SO I DID:) best decision EVER i should say:) Now i do have a good night sleep! ALSO Don't drink or eat anything after 6:30 pm! if not u will be in the bathroom all night :( SO AVOID DRINKING ANY LIQUIDS AFTER 6:30 PM:). The idea of knowing that i only have 9 weeks left makes me anxious! BUT THAT'S NOTHING COMPARE TO ALL THE MONTHS that passed already! SO GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!:)

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justina Jul 26, 2013 06:16:58 AM ET

I'm 31 weeks gone and i really cant wait to see my cute, charming little boy.i'm tired of being pregnant,although its my second baby and i'm just so excited

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Cristen Jun 27, 2013 05:47:12 PM ET

This is my first pregnancy, 19, and at 31 weeks and 4 days! Uncomfortable most of the time! In somewhat pain! But so far this has been a good pregnancy! I just cant wait to meet my babygirl!! :)

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Marie May 29, 2011 07:33:32 PM ET

I would take 3 weeks of third trimester over 1 week of my first trimester. I was sooo sick. Now, the some sort of sickness has come back but not neary to the same extent. People are nicer to you when you are pregnant and I am enjoying that. Looking forward to loosing the extra 20 pounds I am carrying and gaining a family.

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