Your pregnancy at 31 weeks
What's happening with mum
Did you know that your breasts will be on average 1 to 3 lbs heavier than before you were pregnant. Combine this with the weight of your growing baby and you may find you are experiencing severe backache.
This can be caused not only by the pressure exerted from carrying around that extra weight but also because progesterone, the hormone which relaxes muscles in preparation for the birth, also causes joints and ligaments to loosen and can create a curve in your lower back.
Try to counteract this by correcting your posture when you are standing upright, ensuring that your ear, shoulder and hip are in alignment.
What's happening with baby
By this week all of baby's senses will be in full swing and he will be processing all the information the trillions of new brain connections to navigate and get to know the world around him and outside of the uterus.
As well as hearing and possibly recognising certain repeated sounds, including the sound of your voice, he will also be abe to track light, taste the fluid around him and feel his way using fingers and thumb.