31 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

31 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Remember when that babe of yours was just the size of a blueberry? Well, you’re 31 weeks pregnant and that blueberry is now the size of romaine lettuce! It’s pretty incredible, isn’t it? This week, you might be feeling the aches and pains associated with that third trimester, or you could be feeling the need to get your house ready – from top to bottom – for babe’s arrival! Either way, remember to take care of yourself. Get as much rest as possible and breathe, momma!

31 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that can cause significant illness to newborns. Because newborns cannot safely receive this vaccination series until 2 months of age, the Tdap vaccination is given to all pregnant mothers between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. This is done to pass immunization along to the baby. This vaccination is safe during pregnancy. Inform all family members and caregivers that will be in close contact with your baby, that they need to get this vaccine as well- at least 2 weeks before your baby’s arrival.

31 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

This week has been an exciting and nostalgic week for me. It’s also been a wake up call. My sweet boy turned 3 at the end of the week, so I’ve been looking back at pictures and remembering his delivery and the end of my pregnancy with him! Only a few more weeks to go with baby girl until her day will be in pictures I’ll cherish forever, too!

I’ve been both energized by my to do list in preparation for baby and exhausted by the sheer toll of pregnancy. I’ve been feeling faint and even times confused – realizing this isn’t normal, I decided to give my doctor a call and they had me come in immediately. Turns out I’ve had an electrolyte deficiency. I’m not getting enough salt and what I am getting is going straight to baby, leaving very little for my body to use. The game plan? Eat saltier foods, drink electrolyte-rich drinks and no more working out until baby is here. That third one is a doozy for me, but I’m willing to do whatever I need to to love on my babe and keep her safe!

Luckily, she’s growing perfectly in there. That’s all I care about. So I’m shelfing the workouts for now and focusing on resting, caring for my body’s needs and preparing for a baby!

What are you feeling?

The Need to Clean

I find myself making a list of to do’s to prep for baby that include cleaning just about everything. Yes, baby will be HORRIFIED if I bring her home to a house with unscrubbed grout or dirty baseboards. And in case you were wondering… it’s imperative that I organize the hallway closet that holds our electronics and tools because… baby. I’ve got the need… the need to clean. And organize. And clean some more.

And no… I can’t do a load of new baby’s laundry until I clean the washing machine. I need to sanitize her bottles too… Where’s my breast pump? Toss that in the sanitize pile as well!

Relaxin…

We’ve talked about relaxin before. I feel especially relaxin’ed lately… like clumsy, bumping into things and extra loose. I’m feeling the… uh… bowel effects of relaxin as well. I forgot how hard it is to simply go number two during the third trimester. Baby is worth it. Baby is worth it.

Pregnancy Milestone – Labor and Delivery Tour / Registering at the Hospital

I know you’re still only 31 weeks pregnant, but it’s time to start  thinking about D-Day! Before labor and delivery, many couples like to take a tour of the hospital’s L&D quarters and the postpartum rooms. This is a great way to know what to expect and where to go when the day comes. Check with your doctor or hospital to see if they will offer you a tour of the facilities! It’s fun and will have you feeling ready for the big day!

Also, many hospitals ask that you pre-register in the weeks before your due date. This makes the admitting paperwork process go by much faster – a huge help when you’re having painful contractions – and gets your information in the system so they can get you back to a room as quickly as possible. This is definitely something to ask about at your next appointment. I know it seems a bit early, but in case your little one wants to make a surprise entrance a bit early, it’s best to be prepared!

How to Survive this week:

Big baby keeps on turnin’… TURNIN’… Heartburn keeps on burnin’… BURNIN’… we’re rollin’… ROLLIN’… rollin’… ROLLIN’… rollin’ onto D-day!

I need a life.

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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