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31 weeks pregnant continues you on your personal march toward your baby’s birth. Given that 80% of all pregnant women give birth two weeks either side of their due date, this means you could be closer to your birth than you think.

At this point, your belly is much bigger to the point that you’re beginning to feel like a washing machine off balance and not yet a beached whale. The posts for 31 weeks pregnant in Baby Center and What To Expect explain all the issues you may be facing as well as your baby’s development. However, neither of these websites continually explain what skills you should be developing week-after-week of these last weeks. 

Birthing Better families want to add at 31 weeks pregnant:

  • Birthing Better families feel more empowered

This is why Birthing Better families stand out along with all the Birthing Better online courses. We give you a skills-based plan from 24 weeks pregnant all the way through to your baby’s birth. Little- by-little you and your partner gain confidence, feel more competent, become more focused on the task of giving birth as well as growing the intimacy of your teamwork. This is so powerful.

Build your family by becoming skilled. Listen now.

If you’ve been learning Birthing Better skills since 24 weeks, you are now much more capable and know it. You already feel empowered and positive. If you’re just discovering these skills you have plenty of time to become skilled.

These are the resources in LESSON EIGHT 

WATCH and READWe are always in some posture or position. Your baby has to adjust to every change you make. This is why it’s so very important that you learn how your baby may respond to each position and posture. Giving birth is a working relationship between you and your baby. Choose the best positions for your baby. Many of the birth positions shown on the wall charts may not keep you ‘open’. Others might compromise your baby’s ability to come down and out.

  • Video: Body Positions – 11:51
  • Video: Body Positions 2 – 11:50
  • PDF: Body Positions and Postures – 22 pages

You might think you know everything about birthing positions but trust us, you don’t! Why is that? Because like the misuse of the Pelvic Floor exercises that should never be done in the last 24 weeks pregnant, most of the positions you see on wall charts don’t work for many women because they know nothing about their own body. Once you’ve learned the Bony Pelvic and Soft Pelvic skills in LESSONS SIX AND SEVEN, you will know what positions YOUR baby will like. In other words, positions should be chosen by how your baby responds (you’ll learn these skills in another lesson) rather than the ones you like. 

Birthing Better skills were developed by moms and dads in the early 1970s in the US and used by many thousands globally in all types of birth. Birthing Better online birthing classes are housed in Common Knowledge Trust.

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