30 Weeks Pregnant


At 30 week pregnancy you feeling a little clumsy and tired. This is perfectly normal due to the weight gain, hormonal changes and your expanding abdomen causing a shift in your centre of gravity. You may be feeling uncomfortable as you gain weight and as pregnancy related pains continue to plague your daily life. Continue practicing good posture to help you gain control over your lower back pains.

AT this time your dreams might be getting even weirder. That could be the result of hormones, but it could also be anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. For example, do a test drive to see exactly how long it takes you to get to the hospital. Then maybe you’ll stop having nightmares about giving birth in your car. Here are other common 30 weeks pregnant symptoms:

  1. Heartburn If you’re feeling the burn, pay attention to which foods may be causing it. (Often, that’s greasy, heavy, spicy, or acidic food.) Avoid them as much as you can, especially before bedtime, since this annoying 30 weeks pregnant symptom can make sleep hard to come by.
  2. Trouble sleeping You’re tossing and turning because you can’t get comfortable—and because your mind is racing. It’s such a vicious cycle that leads to another issue: fatigue.
  3. Swelling A little puffiness is to be expected, and will typically go down if you put your feet up for a while. Just know that sudden or severe swelling can be a sign of a problem, so keep an eye out for that.
  4. General discomfort Thanks to your big belly, your back aches, your hips ache, and your feet… well, they ache too!
  5. Shortness of breath Those lungs just keep getting more crowded, right? Baby is still up high near your rib cage during pregnancy at 30 weeks, but should drop down into your pelvis a little later in your pregnancy—maybe as soon as week 33 or 34. You’ll know when he or she does because you’ll be able to take a deep breath again. Ah!

Development of Baby

At 30 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a zucchini. The fetus length is about  15.7 inches (40 cm) and weight is about 2.9 pounds (1.3 kilogram). 30-week fetus continues to grow about half a pound and half an inch each week.

Although her eyesight is not great yet, there is huge progress at this stage that will enable a response to changes in light. When your baby is born, her eyes will be shut for most of the day to develop the quality of vision further.

There is also approximately 475ml of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby in the womb. This will lessen as your baby continues to grow.

Your 30-week fetus’ skin is now getting smoother, but his or her brain is getting wrinklier …. that is to make way for all that essential brain tissue. Your baby at 30 weeks is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

If you are 30 weeks pregnant with twins, your twins probably have been growing at the same rate as any other babies in utero. But sometime between now and week 32, they might slow down a bit.

During pregnancy at 30 weeks, baby’s position is still head up. Your 30-week fetus is floating comfortably in about 1½ pints of amniotic fluid. It may seem cramped in there, but he or she still has room to move around. Over the upcoming weeks, your belly will grow even further past your rib cage to accommodate baby, but he or she will still get a little more crowded as you approach your due date.

Advice

Hormonal changes cause mood swings at this time. You may feel irritable, slightly unpredictable and emotional. If you are feeling agitated, anxious or very depressed it is advisable to speak to your healthcare practitioner.

Depression is common during pregnancy. About 25% of new mothers feel depression or anxiety disorders.

Do not worry about extra weight gain. The extra pounds you’ve put on will act as reserves to help you breastfeed baby. There’s no need to agonize over them or to rush to take them off; it’s taken you nine months to put the weight on, and it will take at least that long to take it off. Do keep your eye on the scale, however, because sudden or drastic weight gain could be the sign of a serious pregnancy complication called preeclampsia, so you should notify your doctor right away if the number on your scale jumps higher than it usually does week-to-week.

If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, you probably won’t have a 30 weeks pregnant ultrasound.

Around week 30 of pregnancy with twins, your OB may order a biophysical profile to be taken of your babies. This is a combo of a 30-week ultrasound and a non-stress test (NST). For the NST, you’ll have sensors put on your belly to detect and measure your contractions and the babies’ heart rates. The test is designed to check how a baby’s heart rate responds when he or she moves. If everything seems okay with the NST and the ultrasound, your doctor will rule out fetal distress to assure your twosome is doing just fine.

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