You are now 31 weeks pregnant (or in your 32nd week if that is how you count it)

How your baby is growing

Your baby’s movements are mostly likely changing – they might seem less strong and less frequent. He is running out of space in your uterus and can’t turn somersaults anymore. Your baby can now move his head from side to side, his organs are continuing to develop and a coating of fat has developed beneath his skin. His sleep cycles are becoming more regular and you’ll feel more defined patterns to sleep and wakefulness. Read more information on the development this week of your baby.

How your life is changing

Until your baby drops down into your pelvis (at about 37 weeks if it’s your first pregnancy and not until delivery if you’ve previously had a baby), you may feel breathlessness. This happens because your uterus pushes against your diaphragm – the large flat muscle that helps with respiration. Relaxing helps during this time, therefore try to rest as much as possible. You may find your sleep to be disturbed as your sleep cycles may not match with your baby’s.

Is your growing bulge giving you back problems? You should switch to flat shoes and sneakers if you haven’t already done it. Avoid heavy-lifting, which puts strain on your body. Your doctor might advise you to use a maternity corset which helps you support your belly and make moving around easier. A lot of women experience hip discomfort as the pregnancy progresses. In some women the ligaments supporting the pelvis loosen so much that the pelvic joint doesn;t work properly. This is called Symphysis Pubis Dysfucntion (SPD) and is really painful.

It is common for your spouse and you to be anxious about the D-day. Look at what you learned in your ante natal classes and practice the breathing exercises you have learnt. If you haven’t attended any classes yet, it is recommended to find one as they are really useful for both parents.