Pregnant - week 31
ZP® - English, 18 January 2019 12:43Laatste update op: 2 August 2019 16:13
You now have more blood: seven liters instead of five. Your body is making this extra blood for the delivery, because you always lose some blood at that time.
This increase of blood is also because of extra fluid. It makes your blood thinner, so it can flow more easily and faster. Your heart has to work harder as this large amount of blood must be pumped through your heart. Your vessel walls have become weaker during the pregnancy.
These changes in the vessels can cause congestion in your lower body which can cause hemorrhoids and/or varicose veins. You can partly prevent this by getting regular exercise and not sitting or standing in the same position for a long time.
By lying down on your back on the floor for some time, with your lower legs on a chair where your knees form a ninety-degree angle, the blood flows more easily from your legs to your heart.
The baby will take up his position for the delivery. The best thing for the delivery is for the baby to be positioned with its head down. The baby is now 39 centimeters long and weighs 1500 gram.
This week your child may take up his or her final position, but he or she can still turn later on. If your child has fully descended, he or she will generally no longer change position.
Of all the organs, only the lungs haven’t fully matured yet. The brain is still growing, but the neurons and nerve connections are now functioning. After 32 weeks this development is equivalent to that of a newborn.
Your baby will now also move when he or she is stimulated or startled by loud noises.