See in the text below the main symptoms that the pregnant woman has and the baby’s changes at 31 weeks of gestation:
31 weeks of gestation is how many months? Can you be born yet?
When the pregnant woman is 31 weeks pregnant it means that she is at the end of the seventh month. With that time, it is possible that the baby may be born, but it is still considered a premature birth.
Because of the risk of this type of delivery, it is important for women to know the difference between the symptoms of childbirth and Braxton Hicks contractions .
Symptoms of premature birth
Braxton Hicks contractions appear during the third quarter in an irregular and transient manner.
The woman may feel a general tightening of the uterus or feel that the baby is making sudden movements.
They are not as painful as pre-delivery contractions and are not a cause for alarm or concern.
They can occur and pass after a few hours, but not all women experience them, especially in the first pregnancy.
The symptoms that really indicate that the woman is going into premature labor are:
- Menstrual-like cramps located above the pubic bone;
- Pain or pressure in the lower back;
- Increased vaginal discharge;
- Pink or brown discharge;
- Intestinal cramps.
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How big and how much does a 31-week-old fetus weigh?
The baby at 31 weeks of gestation has a weight, on average, between 1300g and 1500g. The size of the fetus at this stage is about 38cm.
In this phase, the baby starts to gain weight more quickly, about 200g per week.
The baby’s head is one of the fastest growing, as the brain has an increase in size. Nerve cells also show greater growth.
The baby’s vision is also well developed and until birth is still improving. At birth, the newborn focuses more on nearby objects and gradually gets used to colors and to focus on distant objects.
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Symptoms at 31 weeks of gestation
At 31 weeks of gestation, women may experience symptoms such as pain in the pelvis, constipation , pain in the rib region and shortness of breath.
The latter symptom may be due to the fact that the baby pushes the diaphragm towards the lungs. Thus, the woman presents greater tiredness , shortness of breath and loss of rhythm in breathing.
Between the 37th and 38th weeks, the shortness of breath gives a respite as the baby goes down to the pelvis, leaving more space for the diaphragm.
The woman may also experience greater fatigue due to the difficulty of finding a comfortable position, due to the baby’s weight and the size of the belly.