WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

41 cm | 3 lb 3 oz

Week 31

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Week 31 Pregnancy

At roughly 41cm long and 3lb 3oz your baby is rapidly putting on weight. The lanugo, or fine hair, which has covered their body to keep them warm, will begin to disappear as the fat they’ve gained now provides more than enough insulation. Their memory is developing and they’ll be able to recall memories from their time in the womb once they’re born. One study found that babies who were played a particular tune while in the womb responded to it after birth, while those babies who hadn’t heard it before birth exhibited no response.

Your baby may still be quite high up, meaning your uterus is pressing on your diaphragm which can leave you feeling breathless. Your baby may not drop down into your pelvis until around 36 weeks if you’re a first-time mum, and for mums expecting subsequent babies it may not happen until the beginning of labour. In the meantime, try to relax and rest as much as possible.

Although feeling breathless is common at this stage, shortness of breath can also be a sign of anaemia. Anaemia is caused by a deficiency in iron and you’re more likely to develop it during pregnancy. It’s treated simply by adding extra sources of iron to your diet – through food or supplements. If you’re also feeling tired all the time this can be another sign of anaemia, so speak to your doctor.

You can read more about the vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy, and find out which foods contain the highest levels in our vitamins and supplements section.

If you have any questions about your pregnancy, or want to know more about any aspect of the birth, our Careline team is here to help you find the answers. Call us on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.