31 Weeks

 

This post has been sitting in my drafts box for almost a week now waiting for a picture to go with it…. I’m lazy and am posting it without it.

I had my maternity pictures taken yesterday and with any luck, I’ll have a sneak preview to show you soon.

Week Thirty One: Baby detects light

 

  
You are 31 weeks pregnant. 

  • Baby weighs 3.5 pounds and measures 16.5 inches from the head to heel.
  • The eyes have now completely opened and are responding to light and darkness.
  • A loud noise near you may cause your little one to jump.

31 weeksYour baby continues to grow. Baby’s lungs and digestive tract are very near to being mature. Now that almost all of the major organs are functioning, growth will focus on maturing those organs and growing muscle mass and fat stores. Baby’s weight gain will exceed its growth in length from now on. He or she should more than double their weight again between now and birth. It weighs about 3.5 pounds and crown to rump length is 11 inches. Its total length is 16.5 inches.

A loud noise near you may cause your little one to jump. Baby may move to the rhythm of music. Studies with heart rates show that they may also prefer some types of music to others at this stage. The eyes can now completely open and the irises are now responsive to light, dilating and contracting as needed.

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