Pregnancy Week 31
By week 31 of pregnancy, comfort levels have definitely declined as the mother increases in bulk and as the baby accumulates layers of fat. Also, at 3 1/2 pounds and 18 inches in length, the baby continues to take up more and more room in the womb. As the baby fills bulks up, its skin becomes less wrinkled and transparent. As it continues itís development, movements become less irregular. At this point in the pregnancy, many women begin to leak colostrums, a pre milk developed to provide for the baby in the first days of itís life. Usually a clear or partly yellow or orange liquid, colostrums proved vital antibodies and nutrients for the baby. For this reason, it is very beneficial for preterm babies. Although some women may not begin leaking this until delivery, others will notice it much earlier on. If the leakage becomes bothersome, nursing pads can help prevent embarrassment. A hormone known as relaxin is produced by the body while it is pregnant. This causes the pelvis to loosen up in order to enable room for the babyís upcoming birth. This can be somewhat painful and cause swaying but will be a welcome effect come delivery time.
As the weeks progress, deep breaths may be more and more difficult and perhaps eventually become impossible because the growing uterus pushes against the diaphragm. Yoga is a good way to relax the muscles and help prepare the body for delivery. It is always a good idea to be knowledgeable about the various forms of potential delivery. Although vaginal births are the norm, cesarean births are becoming more and more popular because they can, in certain cases, be safer than vaginal births. However, despite problems that may cause parents to opt for a cesarean, a woman, by law, does have the right to chose a cesarean form of delivery for no particular reason at all. Although some doctors may refuse the treatment, it is important to obtain referrals if the issue is close to oneís heart.
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