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31 weeks pregnant

by Richard Kozinski

Time for preparations! At the beginning of a pregnancy majority of women are focused on flat's renovation or a baby's layette. Now you should prepare items which you and your baby would need in hospital. It's worth thinking about the preparations and shopping as soon as possible, since then every activity would require much more effort.

Your Baby

The nervous system has developed to such extent that you baby can react to stimuli thanks to five senses, vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

The diameter of the umbilical cord is now around 1 cm. Its length may reach even 60 cm. It contains of two umbilical arteries and an umbilical vein. The umbilical vein supplies the foetus with oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood from the placenta. In turn, the foetal heart pumps deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood through the umbilical arteries to the placenta.

Guidelines for Mother

The most common syndromes which you have been experienced so far, will have been present by the end of a pregnancy. One of them is need to urinate very frequently, as the uterus is squeezing the urinary bladder. You shouldn't postpone your visits in a toilet, since it may cause the urinary tract infection.

Many women complain of sciatica. The main symptom is pain caused by compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve. You can have lower back pain, buttock pain and weakness or numbness in legs and feet. The pain usually radiate from buttock to knees.

It's high time you collected all documents you will be probably asked for in hospital. You should prepare ID card, maternity notes, results of laboratory tests and other important papers.

Some hospitals prepare a list of things you should have with you when you come to hospital. The lists include: dressing gown, slippers, socks, a hairband, pillows, toiletries, breastfeeding bras, breast pads, maternity pads, a nightdress or pyjamas, towels and for your baby, an infant car seat, nappies, clothes.

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