Pregnancy Calendar - Week 31
From this week on, baby will gain about 225 grams per week. Because of limited space, your baby is now in the constrained in the foetal position (arms and legs drawn close to the body). Baby can also process all five senses now - sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. By now, it is only your baby's lungs that still need to fully mature. Baby is now approximately 40cm long and weighs about 1.6kgs.
If you haven't yet experienced them, Braxton Hicks contractions may start around this time, or become more pronounced. These are practice contractions which are relatively painless, and they feel like a tightening, pulling or hardening of your uterus. They may come in clusters and should disappear if you change position, drink some water or lie down for 10 minutes. It is important to remember that Braxton Hicks can lead to real labour, so contact your healthcare professional if they form a regular rhythm or if you are counting more than six an hour.