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You and your baby at 31 weeks pregnant

Your baby at 31 weeks

Your baby's eyes can focus now. The lungs are developing rapidly, but your baby would not be fully able to breathe on their own until about 36 weeks.

You at 31 weeks

Your midwife and doctors will offer to check your blood pressure at every appointment. This is because high blood pressure can be harmful for women and their babies, and can be an early sign of pre-eclampsia.

Find out about the risks of high blood pressure in pregnancy. Other signs of pre-eclampsia include bad headache, vision problems and pain below your ribs.

Knowing what to expect in the first few days of breastfeeding your baby can help to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

Things to think about

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Video: how can I sleep comfortably with my bump?

In this video, a midwife explains the various ways pregnant mothers can get more comfortable at night.

Media last reviewed: 25 January 2020
Media review due: 25 January 2023

Page last reviewed: 17 July 2018
Next review due: 17 July 2021