Every mother remembers the day when she felt her baby move for the first time. That moment is priceless and unforgettable, first of many moments that will come during any pregnancy, week after week.
31st week of pregnancy, what are expecting?
By the time you entered your 31st week of pregnancy, you will have a feeling that there is a real person inside of your body. And this is true. You just entered your third trimester, and the odds of a safe conclusion of your pregnancy are more and more in your favor. At the 31st week of pregnancy,, the ears of your baby are developed, and she can hear everything that is happening around her. It sounds incredible, but baby can hear and even react to the sounds of her mom’s voice, her heartbeat, music and other noises. At the 31st week of pregnancy, baby’s weight rises rapidly, her lungs are developing, her toenails and fingernails are fully developed, her arms and legs are filling up, and her movement increases.
At this point, you can really feel the baby kicking, and it happens fairly often. It is advisable that you write down the number of movements per day, and describe how they felt. You should do this by sitting down or making yourself comfortable, as much as possible. It is important to show notes on your calendar to your doctor. Count the number of kicks to ten, and write down how long it took her to make those kicks. You should feel those movements within two hours.
Your baby can move itself from one side to another, and can even scratch itself. These are good illustrations of the fact that your baby is growing very fast.
During pregnancy week by week, baby’s movement can prevent you from sleeping regularly, and this is something you simply need to get used to. It is perfectly normal for your baby to start with her activities at night, just as you are trying to get some much-needed sleep. You will also notice that, once your baby is born she or he will continue with this habit for the first couple of weeks. Movements come and they go away. Some days you will feel your baby kicking all the time, and others she barely moves at all. Some jabs can be surprisingly strong, and some can last for minutes. They can even make you feel uncomfortable or in pain. Some can feel like gentle tumbling, and some can feel like gentle vibrations.
All babies have different patterns of movement, so you don’t have to worry too much if movements differ from one another. In fact, this is a very good sign. Some studies indicate that babies have similar patterns of behavior, before and after the birth. If you feel the need to calm down your baby because she moves too much, try walking around for a couple of minutes or doing light exercises in your house.
Sometimes, when you worry because nothing is happening, the baby is just sleeping. If you, however, notice anything strange and out of the ordinary, immediately call your Obstetrician, just in case. A sudden or alarming decrease in movement could be a sign of early labor. It is perfectly all right to be concerned for your unborn child and to insist on doing some tests, like Doppler scan and ultrasound. This can even be done by your midwife.
Lack of baby’s movement could signal complications in your pregnancy, so it vital that you contact your health care provider, and do some necessary tests, such as checking you baby’s heartbeat and blood flow.
Also, just because you cannot feel baby’s movement that doesn’t always mean that baby is stagnant. Lie down or drink a large glass of water, and be very still. This is a great way of inducing movement of your baby, especially if you think that something is wrong.
You will probably notice that your baby can also react to your touch, just as she can react to the sound of your voice. It’s been reported many times that your baby can start kicking if you are too close to your partner as if she is trying to claim her domain.
31st week of pregnancy is a time when your baby starts to push, turn and squirm around. That’s because she is growing more and more, and slowly running out of the room. From this week forward the movements won’t feel stronger, but they shouldn’t become any slower, either.
Just remember: if your baby is moving, pushing and kicking around, she’s fine. It is normal. By now, you will know the outlines of your baby’s movement, and you will be able to tell if something feels wrong. And if you feel that something is not right, don’t hesitate to call your Obstetrician and share your worries.