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Your 31st Week

Even if you have a birth plan in mind, be prepared to be flexible.

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31 week fetus in uterus The baby spends much of his time asleep.Some 25 percent of babies are laying bottom first at this stage.At 31 weeks the average crown to heel length is 15.2 inThe legs may be crossed or even curled up on top of the headThe blood in the umbilical cord contains stem cells

You may have firm thoughts about what you consider to be the ideal birth experience. However, keep an open mind because many factors can influence where and how your baby is born. There's nothing unusual in a woman changing her mind, even after her labor has actually started. Your health-care team will expect you to ask a lot of questions about childbirth, so take advantage of their experience and expertise.

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