You are now 31 weeks pregnant (or in your 32nd week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby’s movements are probably changing — they may seem less frequent and less forceful because she’s running out of room in your uterus and can’t turn somersaults any more. Your baby can now move her head from side to side, her organs are continuing to mature and a layer of fat is being laid down beneath her skin. Read more information on your baby’s development this week
How your life’s changing
Until your baby drops down into your pelvis (at about 37 weeks for first pregnancies and not until delivery if you’ve already had a baby), you may be feeling breathless, as though you can’t get enough air. This happens because your uterus has grown so large it presses up against your diaphragm — the large flat muscle that aids breathing. Relaxing helps, so try to rest as much as possible. Resting can also help if your baby is measuring small for dates.
Are you getting a backache? Switch to low-heeled shoes if you haven’t already and avoid heavy lifting, which puts a strain on your softened ligaments. You may want to consider maternity belt which supports your back and holds you in place — not sexy but helpful if you find getting around uncomfortable. A lot of women experience hip pain as pregnancy progresses and in some women, the ligaments supporting the pelvis loosen so much that the joint that holds the pelvic bones together doesn’t work properly. This condition is called symphonic pubis dysfunction (SPD) and is very painful. Oh, the joys of pregnancy!
If you and your partner are getting nervous about the big day, it may help to go over what you learned in your prenatal classes and practice the breathing exercises you’ve learned. Why not run through which pain relief methods you’d be prepared to try and in what order.
Pregnancy Tip: Choosing a focal point
“I’m 32 weeks pregnant, and at my classes they’ve been telling us to concentrate on a focal point during labour. Anything from a picture to a crack in the wall or ceiling can work, so long as it helps you relax and distracts you.” — Anonymous