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Priya K + Follow 11 Mar 2017
Week 31 Pregnancy

You are just 10 weeks away from the momentous conclusion of your journey!

GROWTH OF THE BABY:The baby weighs about 4 pounds and measures about 15 inches. Your cherub is rapidly gaining weight. The fine layer of hair starts disappearing. The eyes become more responsive and body movements get more refined.Your little one has a wobbly head and can turn it from side to side. The body starts accumulating fat. The baby’s movement is a good sign conveying that your kid is healthy and active. The lungs and nervous system are almost fully developed, ready to face the outer world.

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Since the baby is gaining weight, you might experience trouble in breathing. Your growing belly would compress your diaphragm causing shortness of breath. The belly would also exert pressure on the bladder resulting in frequent urination. Those erratic washroom visits may possibly disturb your sleep too. Hence brace yourself to nap at unusual hours.
Mothers to be start lactating early. This early lactation is called colostrum.
Newborns have very immature and large digestive system and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. It has a mild laxative effect, encouraging the passing of the baby's first stool, which is called meconium. This clears excess bilirubin, a waste product of dead red blood cells, which is produced in large quantities at birth due to blood volume reduction from the infant's body and helps prevent jaundice. Colostrum is known to contain immune cells and many antibodies. These are some of the components of the adaptive immune system.

INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Gynecologist and dietician

PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:As priorities and excitement mount now and in the weeks to come, don't forget to carve out the time you need for exercise and planning your balanced nutrition. During your 31st week of pregnancy, get ready for:

  • Another prenatal checkup! You probably have a doctor's appointment this week or very soon, if you're now seeing your doctor every two to three weeks.

     By the time you're 36 weeks pregnant, you'll probably begin visiting your doctor weekly.

These upcoming weekly appointments specifically will check your baby's progress toward birth.

  • Relaxation techniques — they're not just for childbirth. If you find yourself feeling a little anxious about childbirth, restless, or having difficulty sleeping, try some of your relaxation techniques from childbirth classes. They are great tools to use anytime!
  • Say cheese and smile! Away from the house but need to brush? Try chewing on a piece of hard cheese to cut down on the chance of pregnancy cavities. Cheese actually reduces the acidity of your mouth and decreases bacteria that can lead to cavities.

Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.

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