30th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes


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You have already covered the major part of a wonderful journey – and now it’s just a few more weeks before the biggest love of your life would be entering this world. But you need to believe in one thing : you are going to cuddle your baby in your arms, and it is going to be beautiful!

Your baby makes everything right, including the low esteem, tight clothes, fatigue, mood swings, desperation and weight gain. Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist was not exaggerating when she said, “Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one”. In this post, we give you a complete overview of the changes both you and your baby undergoes in the week 30.

Changes In Your Body During 30th Week Of Pregnancy:

If you cannot wait for your due date to arrive, do not feel guilty. This is a common feeling that every woman in her last stages of pregnancy experiences. It does not mean you do not want to nourish your baby in your womb anymore; it is just the drastic physical and emotional changes you are unable to cope with. Hang in there, and it will all be over soon. You will not even remember the pregnancy or childbirth experience once you lay your eyes on the beautiful angel that is your own reflection!

  • The most apparent change is weight gain, but you do not see any dramatic changes every week anymore. You may gain nearly 450 grams of weight every week, since your baby is having a growth spurt before making her grand entrance into the world.
  • You need to be on a balanced and nutritious diet, since your baby will require a lot more nutrients now.
  • Do not forget to rule out Group B Strep infection (a type of bacterial infection) in your vagina or rectum. Though this is fairly harmless to you, it can lead to serious infection in your baby after birth. Most hospitals administer antibiotics to women who have tested positive for group B strep when they are in labor to keep the baby safe.
  • If you tire easily do not panic. This is a common symptom in the last trimester of your pregnancy, especially if you are having tough time sleeping. Try adopting a position which makes you comfortable, no matter how weird it looks.
  • It is not just the size of your belly that disturbs your sleep; weird dreams can contribute to sleeplessness as well. Some scientists believe that disturbed sleep during pregnancy prepares the mother to wake at odd hours after childbirth to attend her baby after delivery.

[ Read : Sleeping Position During Pregnancy Third Trimester ]

  • Your sugar levels may shoot up during pregnancy. There is no need to panic, since gestational diabetes can be tackled deftly with proper diet and healthy lifestyle. It does not continue to affect your life after childbirth.
  • Anemia is another condition you may have to watch out for. Low count of hemoglobin can lead to iron deficiency as well, since it is the protein in these red blood cells that contain iron. Deficiency of iron can lead to developmental problems in your baby. Hence, consult your healthcare provider who may recommend iron rich diet or iron supplement for you.

[ Read : Iron Requirement During Pregnancy ]

  • If your body aches, listen to those warning signals and take it easy until your baby is born. Your comfort and baby’s health should top your list of priority. Everything else can be sidelined.
  • As your baby grows, it fights for space with your bladder and other internal organs. Since the baby is squeezing your bladder, you will feel full more often. Visits to the loo can be tiresome; moreover, when you see that you had to pee just a little it may annoy you. Take it easy; empty your bladder completely before walking out. This may help you gain some time before another visit and also help prevent UTIs.
  • Be ready for mood swings and emotional shift any time during the third trimester. All of a sudden you may start doubting your parenting skills and wonder if you and your partner are really ready for the baby. The emotional pangs can happen during your second pregnancy as well. You may wonder whether you should have waited a little, or will you be able to do justice to both your children and many other such thoughts. Just accept this as a normal occurrence of emotional shift due to hormonal changes during your pregnancy.
  • You may find yourself reaching for the tissues more often than before, since you are having more intense emotional responses now. Your pregnancy makes you emotionally fragile. It is nature’s way of making you ready to nurture and love your baby unconditionally.
  • You may read your favorite book without even realizing you are turning pages, since you find it difficult to focus on any task at hand. Your mind has decided to wander away whenever it feels like; whether you like it or not. Try to bribe, cajole or motivate yourself to do important tasks at hand. But if you cannot then forgive yourself. You are not alone in losing battle against being focused during the third trimester of pregnancy.
  • Do not hesitate to share your experiences, fears and pains with your partner. At this stage, your partner may have become used to listening to pregnancy tales and may not respond with excitement at everything you say, but that does not mean he has stopped caring for you and for his baby.

[ Read : Nutritional Requirements During Pregnancy ]

30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms At A Glance:

The honeymoon period of your pregnancy which you enjoyed in the second trimester is over. But on the brighter side you are much closer to having your bundle of joy in your arms then you were in the first trimester. The ugly symptoms raise their head once again, but you are motivated as you are inching closer to the D-day.

Here are the symptoms you may observe around week 30:

  • Frequent urination
  • Swelling in feet and hands
  • Back pain
  • Acid reflux with burning sensation
  • Hemorrhoids and fissures
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Varicose veins
  • Weight gain
  • Wobbly gait
  • More prominent Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Breast development
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Vaginal discharge

[ Read : Frequent Urination During Pregnancy ]

Changes In Your Baby:

Start singing lullabies now. Your baby will actually respond to your soothing voice and go to sleep. It is a good way to make her familiar with some lullabies you wish to sing to her after her birth. Don’t expect her to fall asleep immediately though. She is also busy practicing other skills like sucking, changing her facial expression and thrashing her limbs around.

  • Your baby is developing fast and almost preparing for her grand entry in the outside world. Just some tweaking here and there remains to be completed now.
  • The most striking development we observe at this stage is that of the nervous system which is functioning adeptly at regulating her body functions, whereas the nerve fibers are now covered by myelin, thus allowing her impulses to travel more rapidly.
  • The brain is changing its smooth appearance and developing creases and ridges that would last her a life time.
  • She continues to gain weight as her fatty layers appear under her skin. The fat tissue will iron out the final wrinkles in her skin, though some babies smooth out after birth.
  • The lanugo still lingers around on her skin, though it is clearly diminishing with each passing week.
  • She continues her breathing exercises. If the baby is in the right position during your scan, you can see her moving diaphragm. The breathing exercises may cause hiccups in your baby, giving you a fluttering or ticklish feeling in your womb.

[ Read : Why Do Babies Get Hiccups In Womb ]

  • If you keep track, you will know when your baby sleeps and when she is awake. She clearly makes enough drama to let you know that she is awake and kicking around, though she has little space left in the uterus for free movement.
  • The sense organs, heart, digestive system, excretory organs, muscles and lungs begin to respond to the ANS (autonomic nervous system) and function independently.
  • She has almost reached her full length (nearly 40 cm) at 30 weeks of pregnancy, though she will continue to gain weight until her birth.
  • She continues to open and close her eyes as though she finds the interior of your uterus very interesting. Your baby clearly responds to light now. During the scan, you can observe your baby trying to reach out and catch a light beam shining on your womb. How amazing is it? Exposing your tummy to safe light can be a good stimulation for your baby’s eyes.
  • Her eyes are beautiful with cute eyelashes and eyebrows decorating them.
  • Since there is not enough room in the uterus anymore, the quantity of the amniotic fluid starts decreasing.
  • Your uterus is already high enough to push into your diaphragm and make you breathless quite often. You may have to struggle to fill your lungs until week 34, when typically the baby will take the birth position moving head down. Once the baby sets in a position for birth, you can breathe a sigh a relief without struggling much.

[ Read : Breathing Problem During Pregnancy ]

  • If someone could give her a finger, she can grasp it strongly.
  • Her fingernails are growing and now they reach almost the end of her fingertips. She may need some trimming of nails in the first few days after birth to prevent her from scratching her own face.

Size Of Your Baby:

Your baby is the size of a cabbage head or cucumber, measuring 15.2 to 16.7 inches (39 to 42cm) and weighing 2.5 to 3.8 lb (1.15 to 1.70 kilograms).

Care and Tips for Week 30 Pregnancy:

If you want to treat yourself or indulge in some pampering, do not wait anymore! Soon your baby will become the center of your universe.

  • Get your hair styled and set with a cut that needs little maintenance. With all the changes taking place in your body, a new hairstyle is not going to make big difference. Also, you may not be able to pay much attention to grooming your hair once your baby is around.
  • Go for a pedicure and manicure to keep those nails healthy. Not being able to reach your toes should be a good enough excuse to take advantage of!
  • Write, call and talk to your friends, family and loved ones now. Once the baby arrives, all the talk is going to revolve around her if you ever even get to call them. This is the time when you need to catch up with everyone.
  • Do not miss any appointments with your doctor. It is important to stay updated with the happenings in your body and your baby.
  • Continue the Lamaze or other coaching classes you have joined for your pregnancy.
  • Eat healthy and exercise every day.
  • Rest whenever you feel fatigued. Everything can wait for a pregnant woman, especially if she is in her third trimester.

[ Read : Pedicure During Pregnancy ]

Fun Activity For The 30th Week Pregnancy:

Even if you have never been interested in knitting or crochet in your life, this is the time to give it a try. Since you are not game for bigger activities which require your focus and physical strength, this would be a great way to spend time. As a result, you will cherish the handmade muffler or cap for your baby that you knitted yourself!

Tips For Dad To Be:

Here is something special you can offer to do for your partner since she has tough time bending over. Offer to shave her legs or apply nail polish to her toes. That would be an amazing bonding moment for both of you.

You may have been tired of listening to the pregnancy woes by now, but know that it is much easier listening to them than going through them. Keep your patience and give your undivided attention to your partner when she is talking or complaining to you. This is when you show her how unconditionally you love her!

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