Saturday, February 20, 2010
31st Week of My Pregnancy: Fetal Development
Just thought of sharing this fetal development here so it will give you all future moms out there to imagine how it goes during the 31st week of fetal development and for me to reminisce in the future :D. I subscribed to this website called Triplets Mommy and here's the website below so you can also search for whatever you want about your pregnancy status.
From this week on, your baby will continue to gain around 1/2 pound a week until shortly before birth (even though it may feel like a whole lot more with every step you take). Other highlights this week:
Due to increasing space constraints, your baby's arms and legs stay drawn up close to the body now, known as the fetal position (oh, so that's where that name came from!). Plus, your baby can now process information from all five senses—so she'll be all set to smell the pureed peas, taste them, feel them as she mashes them into her hair, hear you crack up and then see the flash as you grab the camera to snap picture after picture.
By now, your baby's lungs are the only system not fully mature. And by mature, we're not saying that the rest of your baby's systems are mature enough to be out past 10 PM with the neighborhood hooligan, just that her lungs need a little bit more time to bake before they can kick it in the outside world.
Your baby weighs about 3½ pounds and measures a little over 16 inches, about the same length as that miniskirt you used to wear (and will again someday!).
Your Body In Week 31
Your abdomen may be aching as it swells and your rib cage and pelvis may be sore as the baby gets bigger and fills up all the space you have available. It’s a wonderful thing that your baby is growing so well, but it may not feel that way. You will find yourself with lots of aches and pains from the pressure and the decreased amount of room in your abdomen. The pains most frequently experienced are pelvic and back pain. This would be a great time to ask your partner for a back rub or to invest in a heating pad. Also, don’t forget that maintaining good posture, taking exercise and gentle stretching can help, too.
Pregnancy Symptoms You May Experience
* Breast Changes: tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
* Frequent Urination
* Heartburn or Indigestion
* Stretch Marks
* Round Ligament Pain