31 Weeks and Counting
Enjoying the last trimester of your pregnancy? Cool things are happening with your baby! Two words: Taste Buds. Your little one is also starting to accumulate fat under their skin and they weigh about 3 1/2 pounds. That's a sweet little sack of sugar! You're likely thinking that you may have created a circus performer with all those kicks and somersaults. All this activity is excellent and helps you understand that your baby is a healthy one.
At 31 weeks pregnant, you may be feeling a tightening sensation around your abdomen. These are likely Braxton Hicks contractions. Often changing positions, drinking a tall glass of water or grabbing a bite to eat helps these subside. They tend to be irregular and not very painful. However, if you experience more than four contractions in the span of an hour you should contact your care provider. Preterm labor exists, and it's not quite time for your baby to be born. Other signs of preterm labor: increased vaginal discharge (that may or may not include blood), cramp-like pain, lower back pain.
Your body is preparing for the birth of your baby and as such, your breasts are currently making colostrum. This is a golden or yellow discharge from your nipples. If leaking is bothersome you could slide some nursing pads into your bra. Some people do not experience leakage, so remember that every body is different and yours knows just what to do! Speaking of breasts, at 31 weeks pregnant, it may be time to start shopping for a nursing bra. Most people find that acquiring a nursing bra one cup size larger than they currently wear is adequate to accommodate their milk-filled breasts.
If you haven't already, now is a great time to find a doula. A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to you and your family during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. A doula will facilitate a conversation that allows you to discover what your ideal birthing plan looks like. They support every decision you make without influence or bias. They are knowledgeable and carry lots of options in their birth bag; like multiple labor positions, comfort measures, breathing techniques and tons more. Doulas make a great addition to your support team.
Now is also a smart time to take a Childbirth Education class. Your birthing hospital will likely have large group classes. Some doulas are also Certified Childbirth Educators and they can provide a more intimate, private childbirth course to prepare you for the big day.
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