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Week 31 of pregnancy | Third Trimester

(counting from the first day of last menstrual period)


Week 31 of your pregnancy is upon us already, there are only nine more weeks to go! This week we’ll take a look at the colostrum that Mom is producing at the moment, as well as Baby’s complexion and the decision to have your son circumcised.

MOM
This week you may have started producing colostrum (otherwise known as “premilk”), which might have the tendency to leak from your breasts. If this happens, you may want to invest in breast pads which you insert into your bra between the fabric and the nipple – it will certainly help protect your clothes. On the subject of bras, by now you are probably finding your current set of bras a little snug. You will have to switch to nursing bras soon, so why not go out and find one that suits you? There is such a wide variety nowadays – thankfully we have so much more choice than our mother’s generation! A word of advice when choosing a nursing bra is that you should try to buy one that is at least a cup size larger than you need at that very moment. Your breasts will get even bigger when your milk comes in, so you’re going to need all the room you can get.

pregnant-belly

BABY
Baby is truly filling out now. Fatty deposits under the skin are ensuring that he or she will be a healthy, bouncing baby on arrival. The consistency of the fat below the skin’s surface ensures that your baby is no longer red, but is instead the healthy baby-pink that is expected at birth.
If your baby is a boy, his testes will have begun to descend to the scrotum from the body cavity. 

DAD
If baby is a boy, your partner might look to you for advice as to whether to circumcise him. While some cultures tend to do this for religious reasons, others make the choice according to their own preferences. You might want to discuss the procedure with your practitioner at the next appointment, and then weigh up the pros and cons of this big decision.

And with that, Week 31 of your pregnancy draws to a close. Next week we’ll take a look at the hormone called relaxin and the effects it will have on Mom.

Tip of the Week | be encouraged

When buying a nappy bag, buy something practical you feel comfortable with as you will be using it, not the baby (like a hands free backpack, for example).

Baby Quote of the Week | be inspired

A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. Grantly Dick-Read

Good Reads | be informed

Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning by Martha and William Sears. Two childcare experts present a guide to breastfeeding, covering the latest information on the benefits of breastfeeding.

the-breastfeeding-book

Baby Names we Like | be prepared

Girls:
Sahara
Sarah
Savannah
Scarlet

Boys:
Shawn
Shane
Shen
Stone