What to Expect During Week 31 to 37 When Expecting a Baby

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What to Expect During Week 31 to 37 When Expecting

To begin with, I’ve shared the story of how I found out I was pregnant, what to expect during the first trimester of pregnancy, what to expect during week 13 to 18 of pregnancy, what to expect during week 19 to 23 of pregnancy, and what to expect during week 24 to 30 of pregnancy. Without any further adieu, let’s get started with what you can expect during week 31 to 37 when expecting.

Week 31

In my opinion, attending the pregnancy classes available at the hospital was a must. First, we attended the breastfeeding class that was informative and useful. In the end, I learned enough information that I felt confident about breastfeeding Baby C when she arrived. Without a doubt, I happen to be like being in control. As a result, I created a worksheet of everything I need for the baby. I have to say the list was extremely helpful in allowing us to budget and purchase only what was necessary. Thankfully, I did not have to budget with our maternity photoshoot. In all honesty, I am thrilled with the result of our photos.

Moving forward, the belly has definitely grown more! Unfortunately, that also came with stretch marks in the lower abdomen. Although, I tried to prevent stretch marks by using a combination of products I was not successful. By now, the baby kicks are noticeable enough to capture on video. I am certain feeling her move inside of me is something I will miss once she is born.

Cravings: Anything that comes in front of me!

What to Expect During Week 31 of Pregnancy
Week 32

According to Baby Center, the baby is approximately the size of a jicama. First of all, the baby shower was planned for Saturday. As you can imagine the week was hectic from start to end. Thankfully, my family was supportive and helpful throughout the week. I can’t thank my mother enough for the beautiful baby shower she threw me. Unfortunately, I landed in the emergency room on Wednesday due to consistent contractions. I was diagnosed with a severe urinary tract infection and a cervix prone to dilation. As a result, I was on “bed rest” for the following weeks in order to continue with a healthy pregnancy.

What to Expect During Week 32 of Pregnancy

By now, the last thing on my mind was exercise. In all honesty, I could hardly walk from the kitchen to the restroom. Therefore, I stopped walking and doing any sort of workout. From time to time, I continued having the commonly known Braxton Hicks contractions. Often times, I would stay up throughout the night due to the discomfort and pain. Also, I was scheduled for an ultrasound to measure the size of the baby. Since, I gained an excessive amount of weight the doctor wanted to see how much Baby C was measuring.

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According to Baby Center, the baby is the size of a cantaloupe. Although, I had a belly much bigger than the size of a cantaloupe. With that being said, it became extremely hard to be able to sleep thru the night. Therefore, I was more exhausted throughout the day. As a result, I had restless legs that needed to be massage daily to help relieve the pain. On the other hand, we washed all the baby clothes that would we use for Baby C in the first couple of months. After the baby shower, I started to nest full force as I wanted to be prepared for her arrival. It is incredible how it sort of happen overnight!

What to Expect During Week 34 of Pregnancy


To begin with, I had never seen my own feet so incredibly swollen to the point that it was embarrassing. Without a doubt, I started to feel much more exhausted that I needed naps throughout the day. Although, I was taking naps and resting more I still felt pain and discomfort in my legs and feet. As a result, I had multiple massages both on my legs and feet throughout the day. Also, the intense itch everyone talks about started. Let me just say it is nearly impossible to not scratch due to the discomfort it creates. I tried using more lotion, body butter, and oils to help but nothing relieve the urge to itch. In all honesty, itching felt even better than an orgasm.

With that being said, I felt Baby C would be making an appearance in the next two weeks or so. In all honesty, I had a feeling throughout pregnancy that Baby C would arrive two weeks before my due date. As a result, I decided to start packing the diaper and hospital bag. The way I could be prepared for the moment she decided to come into the world. By this time she was overly active creating such unique shapes in my stomach. As you can imagine, I’ve been to exhausted to have a picture taken every week. As a result, I missed a picture for Week 33 and 35.

Cravings: Anything and everything!!!


According to Baby Center, the baby is approximately the size of a romaine lettuce. However, Baby C was definitely measuring bigger. I don’t even know where to start since I was feeling even more exhausted than before. Also, I was walking slower than slow. By now, I had swollen feet, ankles, and hands that I felt pain everywhere! In addition, the nausea started making an appearance again. The hottest heatwave of the summer started and was expected to last a few weeks just when I started to develop more intense hot flashes. Not to mention, staying up throughout the night due to contractions. However, they all seemed to stopped within two to three hours. As a result, of all the symptoms I was sleepy beyond belief but unable to sleep comfortably. Therefore, I decided to stop working and go on maternity leave as I waited patiently for Baby C to come into the world.

Cravings: I could eat all day!

What to Expect During Week 36 of Pregnancy

Week 37

On Wednesday I reached the 37 week mark and on Thursday I started to feel pain in my back since early in the morning. By the afternoon I knew the pain wasn’t going to stop as it kept increasing. As a result, we headed to the hospital by eleven at night to ensure everything was okay. Needless to say, around midnight the doctor informed us we would be welcoming our baby in the next couple of hours.

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  1. September 14, 2018 / 10:30 AM

    Oh man, I remember these days. I could eat all day then too! I always felt hungry. And then tired.

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:25 PM

      In all honesty, food tastes so much better during pregnancy.

  2. September 14, 2018 / 10:38 AM

    Wow, thanks for the advice. I will definitely keep these expectations and tips in mind when expecting wt week 31-37. Thanks for sharing.

  3. September 14, 2018 / 12:50 PM

    The end of pregnancy is the hardest as you are uncomfortable. The baby always took up so much room that I could not eat much.

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:25 PM

      Yes, it is unbearable during the third trimester.

  4. September 14, 2018 / 2:59 PM

    This is such a great post for Mum’s to be! I can imagine it can be a bit out of your comfort zone when you are experiencing all these things for the first time!

  5. September 14, 2018 / 8:26 PM

    These days women get pregnant at older age, some even expecting at 40’s. Glad you have share your precious experience with others. Not going to be easy one but I can be sure it is a memorable time.

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:26 PM

      Pregnancy can happen at almost any age now. In my perspective, it happened at the ideal time.

  6. Sundeep
    September 15, 2018 / 2:06 AM

    Heard from every pregnant women that there is lots of itching started specially on foot. It’s not uncommon to feel hungry all the time in pregnancy. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  7. September 15, 2018 / 7:27 AM

    Oh you are in the final stretch! What an exciting time for your family! I miss being pregnant…

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:26 PM

      In all honesty, I didn’t image missing pregnancy but I do.

  8. September 15, 2018 / 12:10 PM

    You definitely are a trooper. Sorry that you get sick on the week of your baby shower. But glad you got through it. And you looked real cute too.

  9. September 15, 2018 / 1:25 PM

    Thanks for sharing your pregnancy experience. Educating yourself by going to classes is definitely something to consider.

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:26 PM

      By now, I have to admit those classes weren’t helpful at all. You learn as you go…

  10. September 16, 2018 / 8:27 AM

    This is such a cool way to mark down all of your days as you are going through things. I know it would be difficult to sleep as you move further along. And with all of the movement of the baby, that has to be interesting as well. Thank you for sharing.

  11. September 16, 2018 / 11:09 AM

    I wish I would have read this when I was pregnant. I just kind of winged it.

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:27 PM

      I’m thankful for the internet because I was able to read other experiences.

  12. Ruth I.
    September 16, 2018 / 12:30 PM

    I haven’t experienced it yet but I always wonder how it will feel like. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  13. September 16, 2018 / 2:53 PM

    This is a few informative post especially for those of us yet to experience this

  14. Kiwi
    September 17, 2018 / 9:10 AM

    I cant wait to be a mom, but I have to wait. You are almost there!

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:27 PM

      Yes, it’s such a blessing.

  15. Becca Wilson
    September 17, 2018 / 4:23 PM

    These can be some of the most intense weeks of the entire pregnancy. This is such a great post for mamas that are going through it for the first time!

    • Betzy Cuellar
      November 4, 2018 / 5:27 PM

      In my opinion, the last week is the hardest.

  16. September 18, 2018 / 9:09 PM

    Enjoy ur pregnancy.. the bonding is superb… Smooth delivery soon ya… hope to c ur bb soon..

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