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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 31

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 3.31 pounds (1.502kg) and measuring 16.18 inches (41.1cm). 
How big are you?
Your uterus now sits about 4.33 inches (11 cm) above your bellybutton and about 12.20 inches (31cm) above your pubic symphysis. Your weight gain should be at around 20.94-26.78 pounds (9.45-12.15kg) already.
The weight which you are gaining may also be making you feel a little clumsy and harder for you to do the everyday things you could easily do before.
By this stage of your pregnancy your uterus will fill a large part of your stomach and you may start to feel the pressure from your uterus under your ribs. You may also start to experience back ache on a more regular basis now that your baby and stomach are placing more strain on your lower back.
How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby's growth and weight may begin to slow down a little now, but although this is slowing down the internal organs will continue to grow and develop. For this reason it is important that you maintain a healthy eating plan and ensure that you are meeting the requirements of calcium, protein, iron and folic acid especially.
Pregnancy and Sleep
At this late stage of your pregnancy and with your stomach being the size it is, you may find yourself spending many hours awake at night as you battle to find a comfortable position for you to sleep in. Finding a comfortable sleeping position while pregnant can be extremely difficult.
Here are a few quick pointers to help you sleep:
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday.
  • Don't drink too much fluid at night, or you will be up for toilet breaks all night.
  • Avoid any caffeine from the afternoon onwards.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Sleep in a cool bedroom, around 70F (deg C).
  • If you do experience heartburn at night, try sleeping propped up.
Your body
Have you decided whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby? Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breast milk as the best form of infant nutrition, the decision about how to feed your child is a personal one. Talk to your health care provider or a lactation consultant if you need more information before making your choice.
The milk glands in your breasts may have started to make colostrum by now. Colostrum is the pre-milk that provides your baby with calories and nutrients for the first few days before your milk comes in if you plan to breastfeed. For some women, it is thin and watery.
For others, it is thick and yellowish. If you notice your breasts leaking colostrum, you can buy disposable or washable breast pads to protect your clothing.

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