My Body – Pregnancy Week 31

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Pregnancy Week 31

How are you feeling? Braxton Hicks contractions are common towards the end of a pregnancy. These contractions, often referred to as “false-labor,” usually only last about 30 seconds, occur infrequently, and should be painless. Frequent contractions however, may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your healthcare provider if you have:

  • More than four contractions in an hour
  • An increase or change in vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Increase in pressure in the pelvic area
  • Low back pain, especially if you haven't experienced it before

These may all be signs of preterm labor and it is important that you contact your doctor if you experience them.

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My Body – Pregnancy Week 31

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  1. skarleth says:

    First time mom, and I have no idea whats going on with my body. I am having so thick discharge but not to sure what it is.

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi there – It wouldn’t hurt to contact your doctor. Discharge during pregnancy is normal, however it could also be your mucus plug which can indicate labor is approaching: A lot of women and doctors say that losing the mucous plug, and having cervical dilation are indications that labor is about to begin. In a textbook pregnancy, yes; these are indicators. However, most women aren’t textbook. You could lose your mucous plug and not go into labor until the following week; or lose it, and go into labor within hours. The point is this: if you notice any changes in your cervical mucus and discharge, or find that it’s bloody, report this to your midwife or doctor immediately. As for dilation, your doctor will have to give you that information. Many women stay dilated at three to four centimeters for a few weeks, before actually going into labor. Others won’t dilate at all before “the day” arrives. Best wishes!

  2. katherine says:

    can u have a baby natural if u didnt for the first one

  3. katherine says:

    i need to know ladys im 19 and i want to know if i didnt have my first one natural is it possible i can one natural if i didnt the first time plz let me know bc im a lil scared if i can

    • Ashley says:

      Yes you could possibly have the baby natural. Doctors avoid C-Sections are all costs unless there’s something wrong or an emergency. If it’s a healthy pregnancy it should be natural birth.

  4. Brittany says:

    On when I get contractions u will know. There’s no guessing.

  5. Marilyn says:

    I get braxton hicks contractions :O
    wow I didn’t know that though, I thought it was just the baby sitting too low or something. lol.

  6. Marina says:

    Started getting Braxton Hicks contractions (whole abdomen gets hard & uncomfortable – no pain) yesterday in the evening … did not like them.

  7. I’m so paranoid about not being able to recognize actual contractions. I feel pressure all the time and I don’t wanna be the mom who cried wolf.

  8. katherine says:

    I went to labor at 31 weeks

  9. jackie says:

    i started having braxton-hicks on my 29th week and still have them at first i was scared i thought i was going in labor but less then 1 min. they were gone and im getting use to them.

  10. emi285 says:

    I’ve had braxton-hicks almost the whole pregnancy…guess that is the fun in this being my fifth child :/

  11. Anna says:

    I still don’t know how to recognize contractions…

  12. Jessica says:

    How scary I think I would freak out!

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