You're only 10 weeks away until your baby arrives. The 30th week of your pregnancy will come along with some difficulties and question. Be prepared the face them and learn how to make things much easier and comfortable for you and your baby. As your due date is getting closer, new feelings will start around this time. Let’s take a look and how things are going during the 30th week of your pregnancy.
It is getting crowded there, for sure. Your baby is growing fast and taking up more space.
How big is your baby at 30 weeks pregnant?
At 30 weeks pregnant your baby it's about the size of a cucumber. it weighs around 3 pounds. Although your belly might make you feel like you have watermelon inside, the baby’s height is around 15 inches.
As the baby grows, the amount of amniotic fluid will be reduced. This is a great sign of normal growth.
30 weeks pregnant baby position
At this stage of your pregnancy, your baby has grown to the size of a large head of cabbage. He weighs in at almost three pounds and measures 15.7 inches from head to heel. One of the main developments in this run-in to the big day is the appearance of furrows in the brain as it develops further.
Just as you are preparing for the big day, so is your little one. At 30 weeks, your baby will be in head-down position. He has turned down and is expecting to descend further into your pelvis over the coming few weeks.
Pregnancy week 30 fetal development
The eyes of your baby are starting to distinguish what is surrounding him or her.
The baby can now put the difference between light and dark. When babies are born, they can only focus on objects found right in front of their faces. But still, your baby will continue to be with closed eyes for a good amount of time.
The major organs are developed. Your baby will gain half a pound each week to protect the body systems that are developed. You will notice a reduced amount of movements. This is normal for this period. The baby is having less room to move. Your baby's hearing is improved and you can even see him move as a response to some loud sounds.
Just look down at your belly. You walk the last steps on your way to see your baby. These days you may be feeling extra tired. Try to find a comfortable sleeping position. It is better to go to sleep earlier than usual and sleep in longer in the morning.
Getting enough sleep is really important now. Take a nap during the day. It will improve your energy.
30 weeks pregnant belly
At this stage, your baby will take up a larger portion of your uterus. Your uterus will expand underneath your rib cage to allow more room for your growing baby. You can begin to feel clumsier. As your belly grows, the gravity point shifts a bit. You may feel like you're losing your balance.
30 weeks pregnant symptoms
- Having trouble sleeping. You may notice that you are more tired than usual and having difficulties to fall asleep at night. Experiment with your sleeping positions. If you're having insomnia, consult with your doctor.
- Back pain. Back pain is a really common symptom of pregnancy. Usually, it gets worse in the third trimester. You have around 10 weeks left in your pregnancy and you have gained additional weight.
- Cramps. Your body is under some strain. Your baby is occupying the space. You have all of your muscles, bones, hormones and blood vessels working for two people. All of this can cause cramps. Drink enough fluids and try to get some rest. If it doesn’t stop, call the doctor.
- Mood swings.
- Your feet will change in size or structure. Some women can go up even for a full shoe size during the pregnancy. This is the right time where you must invest in a quality pair of shoes that will offer you comfort until the end of your pregnancy. Forget about the high heel, and take care of your foot.
- Eat starchy food like potatoes and cereals. Vegetables and lean meats must be also added to your diet. These types of foods reduce the risk of getting diarrhea during pregnancy. Avoid foods that are high in sugars. So, if you are experiencing diarrhea for a couple of days, call your doctor.
- Stay active. Walk for 30 minutes, several times a week. You can do dancing or swimming as well. Women that are physically more active during the pregnancy have a shorter labor time.
- Take enough vitamins and minerals. Ask your doctor for the right dosage.
Sex at week 30 of pregnancy
As long as you are not having any complications, there are no concerns about having sex during the 30th week of pregnancy. Keep your hygiene at a good level. Search for some positions that will be comfortable for you.
- Make a birthing plan. Now it is the perfect time to think about the details of the birthing plan. Discuss who you want to be with you in the labor room. Gather more information about the types of anesthesia. Discuss these things with your partner and consult with your doctor as well.
- Learn about relaxation techniques for labor and patterned breathing that will allow you to be more calm and relaxed.
- Set up your nursery room. Remember that the baby is not likely to arrive on the expected due date. Setting up the nursery room on time would be a great relief to you. Do this while your belly hasn’t grown too big. Buy a crib that fulfills the latest safety guidelines. It is important to be sure that you have a safe spot for your baby to sleep after he or she is born.
- Buy a car seat. Assure yourself that you have a safe way to bring home your baby from the hospital. Be prepared on time, and you won’t have that many things going through your head.
What to ask your doctor?
Ask your doctor about the difference between real contractions and Braxton Hicks contractions. You may start having painful contractions and they may be more frequent. Chances are really big that you may be having real contractions. If you are not sure whether you are in labor, and if you are noticing vaginal spotting or fluid leakage, call your doctor right away.