Our Pregnancy: Week 31!

We get to check another week off on the calendar!! 31 weeks down, 7 more days until week 32 and the end of January as well! I can't believe it.... the days have been passing quickly lately. Yesterday was our OB appointment and it was just a quick in and out - vitals were all good (though I have managed to gain back all the weight I lost when I first went on bedrest!!) No protein in my urine, BP was good too. My contractions had increased the day before to about double what they had been and I was having some cervical pain/twinging so they decided to do another cervical check. Dr. Jo said I'm about 50% effaced and still just a fingertip dilated, so thankfully the additional contractions haven't caused additional dilation.

Dr. Jo sort of irked me a little bit when we started talking c-section again. She is SO pro c-section. She will only be supportive of a trial of labor if both girls are head down, but I can tell we still have the option to try one even if Baby B isn't vertex but she is definitely not supportive of it. She kept saying how risky it was to Baby B and how "Jenn woudn't want that risk to the baby" and how some even opt for a c-section even if both babies are head down... What it comes down to for me is I don't care how we end up delivering - yes I want the chance to try a vaginal delivery but if it's NOT safe for me and/or the babies of COURSE a c-section will be the natural decision but I just want our doctor to be on the same page and not try to force us into a c-section before we even know how things will look the day of delivery - whenever that may be! Jenn and I texted for awhile afterwards (she wasn't able to make it to the appointment) and she and I are very much on the same page, and she will be a great advocate for whatever is right for babies health and my health when the time comes - I have FULL confidence in that. That is what matters most - our "team" is in tact! :) We have another OB appointment in 2 weeks then go to weekly after that!! There are going to be a lot of appointments going on once we hit week 33.

Here is a link on babycenter of a twin delivery via c-section!

Here is what's going on this week!

Week Thirty One: Baby detects light

You are 31 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 29 weeks)
  • 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.
Your 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 (1.6kg), and crown to rump length is 11 inches (28cm). Its total length is 16.5 inches (42cm).

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.

You will probably find that though you have been feeling pretty energetic throughout your second trimester, you are beginning to slow down now. Pay attention to your body's signals and rest when you need to.

Here are belly pics from today! At 31 weeks measuring 47 inches around the middle...! (Ignore the clashing red/pink - I am in "lounge clothing mode"!!)


  1. Wow, I've never heard of a doc who is pro c-section. I hope you get to do what you want to do and you and baby stay healthy along the way. Love your belly shots!

  2. I just went to an appointment today and was told that if Baby A is vaginal, Baby B can be delivered breech because the space (is it the vaginal canal? I don't know exactly) is already stretched out completely. So you know your stuff. Keep us posted on the head down journey. Also, the doc said there is some support for swimming to help the babies turn head down, but it's not really proven. Still, if you like to swim, it might not hurt.

  3. Just found your blog - I am excited to read back through your journey(ies)! I am currently 24 wks in my first surrogacy. Good luck to you on the remainder of the pregnancy!

  4. I've been keeping up with your journey since before transfer - I'm so happy you hit another milestone and SO happy your IM is on the same page with you in regards to a vaginal delivery! Don't let them tell you both babies have to be head down! LOL.
    I just delivered identical twin boys at 38 weeks, 2 days vaginally in December..
    Baby A was always head down the entire pregnancy, but Baby B flipped constantly between head down, breech and transverse right up to the day before I delivered. He was transverse when I went into the OR to attempt a vaginal delivery of both boys - As soon as Baby A was delivered, Baby B flipped to head down. He gave me a hard time and a full hour passed between their births BUT no c-section!
    You can do it! If you want to talk at all about the delivery, etc, feel free to email me at: ovenonloan@yahoo.com
    Good luck! Keep up the amazing work baking those sweet baby girls! <3

  5. i congrats you for getting pregnancy, Thanks a lot for sharing,children are the gifted by god Pregnancy Week by Week


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