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31 Weeks Pregnant

Discover why baby’s looking more kissable than ever. Plus, how much fetal movement (or lack thereof) is normal at this stage of pregnancy?

  • Baby at 31 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby is up to 3.5 pounds and 17 inches long—and looking more and more like a newborn. All this new weight is giving baby that “pleasantly plump” appearance that makes you just wanna squeeze those cheeks and attack her with kisses. Which you will do, soon!

    Other adorable developments: Baby’s fingernails and toenails are formed, and the hair on her head is in place—if she has any, that is (mine didn’t).

    Baby’s ears are fully developed, and she’s listening to everything that’s going on inside your body (heartbeat, blood flow), as well as what's outside your body, like conversations and music.

    Internally, baby’s bone marrow is now producing red blood cells, which her liver was previously doing.

    31 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • You at 31 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Have you noticed that baby’s kicks are changing? Becoming a little, dare we say, gentler?

    It should come as no surprise that baby’s living space is getting a little more cramped with each day he spends in the womb. And, while his activity should be just as frequent as it’s always been, the sensations you feel will probably change.

    Be on the lookout for more shifting and wiggling as opposed to really big kicks.

    Also, you may notice that baby stays still for longer periods of time. This may seem a little freaky at first, but trust me, it’s a good thing. Baby is learning how to sleep for longer periods of time! (Let’s say a prayer that this skill continues.)

    Still, if it’s been a hour or two since you’ve felt baby move, you may want to give your midwife or doctor a call.

    I remember a time when my first child was super inactive all morning. It freaked me out because he was always jabbing me throughout the day. I called my midwife, and she told me to drink some OJ. Sure enough, within 20 minutes, my little Rocky returned, slugging away with all that he had.

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