Mom's Tip of the Week
Did you know...?
You should be gaining about a pound a week during your third trimester. But don’t be obsessed with the scale. As long as you’re eating a healthful diet and getting exercise, you’re doing the best things possible for you and your baby. Your doctor will let you know if he has any concerns.
Your Baby at 31 Weeks Pregnant
What's Happening in There
- Your baby at 31 weeks weighs more than 3 pounds and is about 18 inches in length from head to toe.
- His digestive system is maturing. By the time you are 31 weeks pregnant, your little one is urinating like a pro; he’s depositing several cups a day into the amniotic fluid (thank goodness it’s so effective at removing waste).
- He's able to regulate his body temperature. This is thanks to developments in your baby’s central nervous system.
- He's developing a sleep cycle. Because your baby’s brain is developing rapidly, he needs more rest to recuperate. He’ll be getting more REM sleep, and you’ll start to notice patterns of when he’s awake (moving around and hiccupping) and when he’s asleep (resting peacefully).
Baby Brain Waves
Your Baby’s Brain Is Developing
It’s all about the brain this week! Your baby will make trillions of brain connections. What does this mean? His eyes can follow light—in fact, all of his five senses are hard at work. And his brain is now able to process a variety of information, coordinating everything in his body.
Real Issues, Real Solutions
The issue: Being 31 weeks pregnant and entering the home stretch, you might be tempted to stay cuddled up on the couch.
The solution: There are some surprisingly simple ways to help you cope with common pregnancy discomforts and third-trimester symptoms you may be experiencing.
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