At 31 weeks, your baby continues to gain weight faster than her limbs are developing. She now weighs close to 3.3 pounds and measures more than 16 inches from head to toe. Your baby is now able to turn her head from side to side and is accumulating plenty of fat underneath her skin. She is probably going to be moving now more than ever which may be annoying when you’re trying to fall asleep. Realize it’s a good thing, it means your baby is active and healthy.
During the second half of pregnancy, many women feel mini contractions called Braxton Hicks contractions. They are infrequent and last for about 30 seconds. At this point, if you are experiencing frequent contractions, even if they don’t hurt call your doctor immediately because this may be a sign of preterm labor. Other signs of preterm labor may be lower back pain, an increase in pressure in the pelvic area, cramps or abdominal pain, or an increase in vaginal discharge.
You may find that your shoes no longer fit you. The pressure from your heavy uterus is sending blood and other fluids to your legs causing you to have swollen feet. Buy the next shoe size, and try elevating your feet at every opportunity.
In response to the question, “Is it normal to feel like I am always out of breath” – Andrea O. from Utah
Because your uterus keeps expanding it compresses your internal organs keeping your lungs from fully expanding. Even though this is uncomfortable and annoying it does not affect your baby who has plenty of oxygen through the placenta. Towards the end of pregnancy you may start to feel better as your baby drops lower into your pelvis. Try standing as straight as you can, sleeping propped up on your left side and take it easy!!
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