Posted by: mommyq | May 5, 2005

31 Weeks

This has been the LONGEST week of my entire pregnancy! Being sick REALLY makes things drag!

So, to update on me, the ear infection has spread to my OTHER ear and my throat and, I have a stuffed up nose. So, both of my ears are plugged and I can hear the fluid in them, my nose is plugged and my throat is dry and scratchy! I just hope that I am nearing the end of this infection. 😦

On to the update:

31 WEEKS:

You are now 31 weeks pregnant, which is the beginning of week 32. Your baby weighs about 1.7kg (1,700 grams or approximately 3 lbs 12 ozs) and measures about 43 cm from head to toe (or just under 17 inches). Some women start feeling heavy and large now and may need to slow down, perhaps finding physical tasks are requiring more effort as the weeks pass by. You may consider stopping work (if employed) during the next few weeks.

Your baby has now put on enough weight to make them look a little chubby! The fine hair that covered their entire body (called lanugo) now disappears from their face, but remains on their torso. Most babies sleep about 90% of the time at this stage, in between having shorts bursts of movement when awake (every 1 to 2 hours). Many unborn babies like to be active during the evenings when their mother is trying to sleep, between 9pm and 1am!

Your baby’s lungs continue to mature, producing increasing amounts of ‘surfactant’. This is a fatty liquid (called phospholipid) that lines their lungs, keeping them moist and helping the sacs within them (called alveoli) to expand efficiently for breathing. Your baby’s sucking and swallowing action (required to drink milk) fully coordinates between 32 to 34 weeks. However, if your baby is born during this time they may require fluids and glucose through a drip in their vein and/or be fed with a fine tube inserted through their mouth or nose, because suckling tires them quickly.

Babies born at around 32 weeks still need to be cared for in an intensive care nursery. Nearly 80% of preterm babies are born between 32 to 37 weeks gestation and are regarded as being ‘mildly preterm’. If born at 31 to 32 weeks, they have about a 95% chance of survival.

Are you 31 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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Responses

  1. OMG Sue, that sounds so awful. Go rest! I hope you get better soon 🙂

    Cathy

    • Thanks Cath. I think the worst part is not being able to hear very well with BOTH of my ears plugged. I certainly now know what it would be like to be partially deaf and it is NOT nice. We had a rehersal dinner for a wedding that Pat is in this weekend and I had to keep looking at people to know if they were talking to me and they must have gotten tired of me saying “Pardon?” LOL


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