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Week 31 of Pregnancy

FACTS:

You may notice that your baby is more responsive to conditions and may become drowsy following a large meal or if the weather is hot.

The baby’s tastebuds have developed and it is able to sense some of the stronger foods, such as spicy curry and chilli that you may be eating.

Breathlessness is common for 75 per cent of women as the baby presses against the ribcage. This will not affect the baby’s oxygen supply as this is passed via the placenta.

Correct posture is essential as the weight distribution alters and pulls you off balance. Be aware when sitting and standing and support your back.

TIPS:

Sit back, put your feet up and sip on a glass of cranberry juice. It can help prevent urinary tract infection, including cystitis, common during pregnancy.

Watch for warning signs of pre-eclampsia. Also known as toxaemia, this is a serious condition that affects the placenta, reducing the blood supply and oxygen to the baby. If the condition is allowed to progress, clots and fatty acids build up in the placenta blocking the arteries and causing the placenta to fail. Symptoms include raised blood pressure, protein in your urine and swelling of your face, hands and ankles.

Try to avoid lifting and standing for long periods of time. If you have back pain, a firm mattress or a support belt could help. For more self-help tips on back care click here

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.





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