Week 31 of Your Pregnancy

30 weeks pregnant

70

Days to go

1.5

kgs
Keep going. You’ll find something useful below.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at 31 weeks are:

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Numbness

Feeling tingling and pins and needles sensation? Pregnancy numbness happens due to a combination of factors such as hormones (yes, the ever-present culprit) and your growing uterus (yes, again). The hormone relaxin released by the body to accomodate the pregnancy changes cause physical changes which creates pressure on your nerves resulting in numbness. Your growing uterus puts pressure on the lower parts of your body which can cause tingling and numbness in your legs. feet, and toes.

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Backaches

As your uterus expands, it shifts your center of gravity and also stretches out (and weakens) your abdominal muscles, affecting your posture and putting strain on your back. It may also cause back pain if it's pressing on a nerve

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Disrupted Sleep

Insomnia can happen during any stage of pregnancy but is more pronouced during the second and third trimester. Hormonal imbalances, acidity and indigestion, growing belly, baby movements, all contribute to your sleeplessness.

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Occasional Headaches

Headaches at this stage can be due to multiple factors. Increasing blood volume in your body, changes in blood pressure, hormonal spikes, can all play a role. In addition, the stress and excitement of pregnancy can add to the existing headaches. Some women have cold and blocked nose as pregnancy symptoms. This can also trigger a sinus-like headache. Taking rest, short power naps is possible, avoiding headache triggers such as caffeine, and relaxing with the help of meditation and relaxation exercises can provide some relief.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 16.5 inches(42cms)
Baby’s Weight: 1.5 kgs

Baby’s Movements

Each baby’s movements are different and it’s good to keep a track so that you understand the pattern better. If there is a considerable amount of decrease in the movements, contact your doctor immediately or visit your hospital.

Baby’s Brain

Baby’s brain connections are developing at a rapid pace. It is a good thing since he/she has to make trillions of them!!!

Baby’s Bones

Baby’s bones are hardening although bones on the skull remain soft. This stays flexible to make it easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal when it’s time.

Others

Baby’s sense organs are now fully developed.

Your's Changing Body

Feeling tired all the time? Needing to sleep more than normal? Blame it on the hormone progesterone. In addition, your body is trying to supply more blood to the developing embryo. As a result, your heart pumps faster. The hormones and the increasing metabolism both contribute to you feeling tired all the time. Don’t worry. Use this extra time to pamper yourself and take the much-needed rest

The human body is a wonderful creation. Did you know the main reason behind constipation during pregnancy? Your digestive system moves slowly to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients from your food so that your baby can have the best nutrition possible. This slow movement, of course, causes you inconvenience, and the best way to combat it is by staying hydrated and eating fiber-rich foods.

Experiencing acidity along with constipation? Don’t be surprised. When your digestive system is working slowly, heartburn is a common consequence. Most to-be-mothers go through both these symptoms. Staying hydrated and having fiber-rich foods will help combat acidity too. Along with this, you can avoid foods that trigger heartburn such as coffee and tea, spices, and deep-fried foods. Your aim should be to eat foods that are nutrient-rich and at the same time easy to digest.

Most women experience sore breasts at different stages during pregnancy. Once you are pregnant, your breasts start preparing themselves to breastfeed your little one. Changing hormones and growing breasts result in pain and soreness in the area.

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