31st week of pregnancy
At 31 weeks of pregnancy, preparation for childbirth continues. Despite the fact that the baby does not make any significant changes like the development of new organs, she still does essential steps to her survival after childbirth. One of these is lung maturation.
What a baby looks like at the 31st week of pregnancy
During this period, the fetus is organized and has developed a cycle of sleep and wakefulness that you can observe yourself. Mostly, unfortunately, the baby is active when you go to sleep. If the baby were born this week, she would have a relatively good survival prospect. The lungs are actively secreted by the so-called surfactant, a substance preventing the "sticking" of the respiratory cells.
Further development of the fetus
Most of the time in the womb of the fetus will pass, but the more significant part of this season spends in active sleep when it is possible to observe isolated movements of the limbs, eyeball bulb or heart rate acceleration. After awakening, the baby has eyes open and closes them only in sleep. The fetus starts to become more aware of its surroundings and responds to the sound stimuli by movement, for example by kicking.
Fetal size at week 31 of pregnancy
The baby still grows, but instead gains weight rather than significantly increase in length. From the top to the coccyx is about 28 cm wide and weighs 1.6 kilograms. It will take about 2 kilos to give birth.
Pregnancy symptoms at week 31
Since the baby is still growing and the uterus is getting tighter, you feel his movements more intense and painful. Because the enlarged uterus pushes the diaphragm, you may experience breathing problems. You may also contact chest pain in your biceps because most babies are turned with the head down and their legs kicking into the lower ribbed arches.
With progressive pregnancy, you may find yourself more distracted and forgetful. And this, unfortunately, belongs to pregnancy, your brain is now dealing with more important things. You often think of childbirth and start mentally preparing for it. You can dream about it too. If you are afraid of birth, do not be scared to ask a specialist.
These are the contraction exercises, so-called sluts. You feel them like a withdrawal of the abdomen, which lasts for a few seconds to one minute, then disappears. By the end of pregnancy, they are stronger and more pronounced, but unlike real birth, pains are irregular and disappear when changing positions or walking.
Third ultrasound screening
The doctor will assess the baby's correct development, its placement in the uterus and the location of the placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid and the fetal activity of the fetus. The gynecologist will also re-examine the baby and check for signs of some developmental defects.