30 Weeks Pregnant

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With just another ten weeks left until the baby arrives, there are several things that will happen to you and your baby before. This article will help you understand what to expect when you are 30 weeks pregnant.

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Mommy Matters

At 30 weeks pregnant, you will probably be getting a lot more tired, especially if you are having trouble sleeping. You can try experimenting with different positions for sleeping but if it is a real problem and not getting any better, then you should consult your doctor. You may also be suffering from mood swings and these are not just limited to this stage of the pregnancy. This is hormone related and hormones can also make your joints looser, causing your feet to get bigger. This is usually permanent.

Although labor is a couple of months off, your uterus is preparing for the event by making practice  “Braxton Hicks” contractions —you may start to notice tightening sensations around your abdomen around now or in later weeks. These range from being mild to a stronger cramp like feeling, but their irregularity and the fact they aren’t very painful means this isn’t the real thing.

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The skin is developing a pinker hue as fat builds up underneath and your baby will now be able to regulate his own body temperature.

Although he is increasingly cramped for space, your baby is very flexible and can easily bring his feet up to his head, and even suck on his toes!

At 30 weeks pregnant, the baby will be roughly about sixteen inches long and will weigh in at about two and a half to three pounds. From now on babies gain weight individually. In the previous six weeks, she has doubled in length and will probably only grow another few inches.

The baby may be in a strange position in your womb, called a ‘transverse lie’, but it’s nothing to worry about as there’s still time for her to settle into the head first or cephalic position, ready for delivery. The baby has plenty of room to move and will be floating in about one and a half pints of amniotic fluid.

The brain is still developing rapidly and the eyes can track light. Indeed, some researchers say that exposing your lump to light can stimulate the development of the baby. At 30 weeks pregnant, you can experiment yourself by moving a torch over your belly and see if the baby moves!

Baby Weight and Size

At 30 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 15.71 inches (41.1 cm) long from crown to heel! Her weight is now around 1.5 kg (3 lbs 3 oz), just about the size of a pineapple.

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30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

Make sure that you can are familiar with the Braxton Hicks contractions that you may be experiencing and that you can distinguish between them and the real signs of labor. Not all women experience these but they can start quite early in the pregnancy. They are also known as ‘practice’ contractions. If you have felt them, then you will probably notice that they increase in strength and frequency as the pregnancy goes on. They feel like a tightening of the abdomen and some women liken them to menstrual cramps.

The labor and delivery phases of childbirth are the same for every woman although it will be a unique experience for you. While you are pregnant, your cervix or the opening of the uterus is firmly closed but as the delivery day gets closer it’s possible that you may feel some mild contractions. This is preparing your cervix for the birth.

At 30 weeks pregnant, backache can be a big problem. This is due to both yours and the baby’s gain in weight. If this is the case, try adjusting your posture into a more appropriate position. Having the correct posture can give a lot of relief from a backache. It may be difficult to get it right but it will be worth the effort.

If you are suffering from varicose veins, there are measures you can take to relieve these as well. Again exercise can help prevent and relieve them.

Tips and To Do’s

Preparation for the childbirth procedures

Now you need to know what to expect during childbirth and the different procedures that are used.

  • First, natural childbirth! This can include the Alexander technique, the Bradley Method, Lamaze, water birth and hypnosis.
  • Then there is local anesthetic which includes epidural, pudendal block and spinal block or general anesthetic which is rarely used due to the total loss of consciousness.
  • Sometimes narcotics are used and this is because some women want pain relief which is less invasive and it can also relieve anxiety during childbirth.
  • There are also various relaxation and breathing techniques which are used during labor and childbirth and these can also be used in conjunction with some of the other interventions mentioned.

Issue of itchy skin

A few other things to take note of during the 30th week of pregnancy are that if you have excessively itchy skin on your hands and feet, then this could be a sign of a liver condition known as obstetric cholestasis. Check up with your doctor if this is the case.

Prepare well before the D-day

Again do another final check so that you have everything ready for the hospital and afterward. Especially don’t forget the car seat if you are planning to bring baby home from the hospital by car!

Join childbirth classes

Childbirth classes start around this time. Encourage your partner to attend so he knows what to expect. It’s the perfect chance to start building a support network.

Keep yourself relaxed

The delivery date is in sight and you may like to reward yourself with a few treats before the baby is born. You could start with a new hairstyle, one which will be easy to maintain as you will have plenty to do when the baby arrives! You could also pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure or even treat yourself, or get your partner to treat you, to a spa weekend away and really indulge yourself.

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