Pregnancy Week 30


At week 30 it means approximately 10 extra weeks for the baby to arrive. But before then, highlighted here is exactly what happens in week 30 of pregnancy.

At this stage your baby is approximately 15.6 inches long and averagely weighs 2.5 to 3 pounds. The baby measures around 11 inches starting from the topmost part of the head to the rump. In comparison with the last six weeks, the baby will have doubled its height, but starting from this period until it is delivered the baby will gain a few extra inches in terms of length.
It is sorrounded by 1.5 pints of amniotic fluid, but this volume will reduce as the baby gets bigger and occupy more space in the uterus. The baby’s brain continues it’s development at relatively a quick pace. The baby’s sight is more mature now as it now can manage to differentiate between light and darkness. Babies at pregnancy week 30 can even follow a source of light using their eyes, though after birth the baby spends most of its time with eyes closed. This however is a normal phenomena as newborns just have an ability to focusing objects situated a few inches from their eyes.
At this stage you may experience some of the early pregnancy symptoms ranging from the urge to urinate all the time as the baby’s head presses the bladder; tender breasts as a result of the body being in readiness for milk production, pregnancy heartburn and fatigue. Fatigue may be as a result of having difficulties sleeping at night. Pregnancy can induce insomnia and this symptom can be felt at pregnancy week 30. At this stage you can also experience mood swings. Heartburn results originates from indigestion which is as a result of pregnancy hormones secreted that make the pelvic muscles relax hence separation of the oesophagus from the stomach. This means food can move from your stomach to the chest or throat hence the burning sensation.
Other common symptoms include changes in movements of the foetus as now the baby will be moving on a daily basis occasionally with a kick or punch and sometimes with a stretch. Bloating and gas is also another expected symptom at this stage. The expansion of the uterus exerts pressure on the rectum which in turn weakens muscle control which leads to passing of gas. You can also experience constipation at this period. In addition your body might develop stretch marks to accommodate the growing body and belly.
At 30 weeks pregnant, you may find yourself getting increasingly breathless since the growing of the uterus crowds up the diaphragm making breathing a difficulty. However this will ease at the latter stages of the pregnancy as the baby will have moved lower to the pelvis. Since weight is concentrated at your belly, a change in your center of gravity may also arise. At this period, special care of your belly is required. An increase in the belly causes an undesirable stretching due to weakening of abdominal muscles by the growing foetus. This stretch marks can be avoided by applying regularly vegetable oils and special gels or creams. You should be careful with your movements making sure you don’t lean or make sharp turns.
This is a period where specialists with a lot of due care monitor all the indicators of the pregnant woman. The doctor on a regular basis will check on the blood pressure of the pregnant woman, the belly circumference in determination of the positioning of the foetus and the height of the uterus, and also constant listening of the heartbeat of the child. Ultrasound helps monitor the baby development. With ultrasound, useful information about the state of the placenta and amniotic fluid can be obtained. It can also aid in identifying birth defects if any. With ultrasound determination of the blood flow rate in the baby’s vessels and the uterus can be made.
Women should embark on resting more oftenly. However care should be taken not to sleep on your belly. Pregnancy checklist at week 30 should include preparation of the baby’s nursery. This can be achieved by organizing a baby bath, pram, cot and even clothing for the baby. In addition a pregnancy pillow can be purchased. A pregnancy pillow will help you in instances of troubled sleeping. While it can’t aid solve all reasons of sleeplessness induced by pregnancy, it can get you into a position comfortable. Also you can consider making a birthing plan. It is at 30 weeks pregnant where you should come up with your birthing plan. However how though it may be, it will be the best wag to iron out important details of your labor before the actual labor pains start. Every details of your plan may not come out as anticipated but it is advisable to come up with one though.