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31st WEEK

Your baby

Since the development of the baby’s organs has finished, your baby grows taller day by day and his body looks more human while he/she gains weight. Now you are in the eighth month of pregnancy and you will take your baby in your arms in just a few weeks. Your baby is probably moving a lot by now; she can turn her head from side to side and kicks you like a football player during the day or night.

You

Most pregnant women experience random contractions called “Braxton Hicks” in the second half of pregnancy. These contractions usually last for about half an hour, but they are not painful. However, they can be a sign of premature birth. Therefore, you must consult your doctor if you’re feeling any signs of premature labour:

– If you have more than four contractions in an hour;

– If your vaginal discharge increases or if its colour changes (watery, mucous, bloody or pinkish);

– If you have abdominal pain like menstrual cramps;

– If pressure rises in the womb or pain in your lower back appears, even if you never had it before.

These are the symptoms of premature (preterm) labour and you should contact a doctor immediately.