You are 31 weeks pregnant

Your developing baby

Your baby is putting down more fat stores underneath his skin and gains as much as 17 ounces per week. The hair that covers your baby’s skin, called lanugo is shedding slowly this week and will probably be gone by the time your baby is born. Some premature babies are still covered in hair, but this will soon shed.

You probably won’t feel your baby moving quite so much now because it is getting more and more cramped inside your uterus. This is one of the reasons why twins usually come early.

Your baby may turn into a headown position soon in preparation for the birth. Most babies turn at around 28 to 32 weeks but some don't turn until the day they are born! It is much harder for breech babies (head up) to be born vaginally or without medical intervention which is why it is better for your baby to be facing head down. Your baby measures about 18 inches this week and probably weighs somewhere near 3.5 pounds.

Having said that all babies are different sizes so it is very hard to predict what size your baby will be. If you measure small for dates, you will have got used (and annoyed) to people mentioning how small you seem and vice versa for women with large bumps. The best remedy is to ignore everybody! What matters is that you and your baby are healthy and that you will meet each other very soon.

Your developing body

Console yourself if you have put any weight on with the fact that your baby, the placenta, the extra blood circulating around your body, your uterus, your rapidly growing breasts, amniotic fluid and the parts of you that are bloated due to water retention make up most of the extra weight! See our pregnancy weight gain calculator to see what you can expect to put on at this stage in pregnancy.

From now onwards your baby may move into a head down position in preparation for the birth. Your midwife can tell what position your baby lies in at your next antenatal appointment.

You have probably embarked on some antenatal classes by now, and even if you have to drag your partner, you will both feel more prepared for the birth of your baby, and choices during labour. Now is a good time to do your research about pain relief in labour, natural birth and water births if you want one. Now is also a good time to think about packing your maternity bag.

Don’t forget to start jotting down any names you like with Gurgle’s baby namer, where you can gather inspiration about whether you want a Ruby or a Bella or an Aslan!

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