Week 31 pregnancy symptoms

See what symptoms you can expect for your 31st week of pregnancy

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  • Your pregnant body

    You will find yourself being more clumsy at this point in your pregnancy, as all of your joints, including your fingers and toes, have been loosened by pregnancy hormones.

    You may also experience carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is the section of the hand that runs across the front of your wrist down towards your fingers, and it houses various nerves and tendons. The swelling you can get in your hands during pregnancy can cause the carpal tunnel to swell as well which puts pressure on the nerves.

    Symptoms would include pain in the wrist, pins and needles in your fingers and stiffness in your fingers and hand joints. These can be worse at night so try sleeping with your hands raised on a pillow to prevent fluid building up. Carpal tunnel syndrome does disappear after the birth.

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  • What should you be doing this week?

    It’s time to start thinking about your birth plan. Writing a birth plan helps you understand what options are available and to decide what kind of birth you’d like. It lets your birth partner, midwife and any other people involved in your care know what you feel most comfortable with.

    Birth plans usually include who you want with you in labour, if you’d like pain relief, what you’d like to avoid or what you’re scared of. It also includes what you’d like to happen straight after your baby’s delivered. Remember though, no matter how much you may wish for your labour to go a certain way, you need to be prepared for things to change depending on how your labour is progressing.

    Have you considered using a TENS machine for pain relief during labour? TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Basically, this small battery-operated stimulator transmits gentle electrical impulses through your skin through adhesive pads on your back.

    The impulses stimulate your body to release natural painkilling endorphins. It has a hand-held control box, so you can control of the intensity of the impulses. However, if you want a water birth or have epilepsy you won’t be able to use one.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 31 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you had at 30 weeks pregnant and which ones to expect when you are in your 32nd week of pregnancy.