30 Weeks Pregnant
How Big Is My Baby At 30 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is steadily adding weight and is about the size of a cabbage. The baby is about 15.71 inches long and weighs about 2.91 pounds.
Baby Development At 30 Weeks Pregnant:
- Your baby’s five senses are development and maturing.
- Your baby is practicing breathing by rhythmically moving the diaphragm.
- Lanugo, the fine hair that covered the body, begins to disappear.
- Your baby’s brain begins to regulate the body temperature.
- Your baby’s hands are now fully formed and fingernails are growing.
- The kidneys are fully developed and producing urine.
30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Fatigue: Fatigue and tiredness returns in the third semester due to growing baby and your changing body. This happens despite having a good night’s sleep. Take help of your partner, family, and friends to deal with it.
Aches And Pains: You may feel different aches and pain all around, such as back pain, round ligament pain, and lower abdomen pain. This happens because of stretching of muscles to accommodate your growing baby.
General Discomfort: You may feel lot of general discomfort due to lungs and chest area as your baby grows and remains high up near your ribs.
Clumsiness: You may find yourself off-balance and prone to slipping or falling. This happens due to your loosened joints, extra weight and your shifted centre of gravity. Although clumsiness is a temporary side effect of pregnancy, you need to be extra careful to prevent falling or slipping.
Shortness Of Breath: You may have trouble breathing freely. This happens as your baby grows and your uterus expands, other organs will get compressed to make room for her.
Difficulty Sleeping: Your sleep may be disrupted by body aches, leg cramps, anxiety, and frequent urination.
Heartburn & Indigestion: Heartburn occurs when stomach acids move upwards to the esophagus. This happens due to relaxation of the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Indigestion occurs due to relaxed digestive system caused by pregnancy hormones.
Bloating And Gas: Bloating and gas occur as the progesterone hormone relaxes the gastrointestinal tract, causing slowing of the digestion process.
Swelling: You may notice swelling of your feet and ankles. This happens because of poor blood circulation in your legs. This can also happen due to excess fluid retention in your body. This is normal and there is no cause for worry. Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time and popping your feet up high will help.
Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may feel irregular and less painful contractions as your uterus becomes tight and prepares for labor. These miniature contractions are perfectly normal at this point of your pregnancy. They normally disappear when you change positions. Call your doctor if contractions persist.
Constipation: During pregnancy, hormones slow down the digestive system, leaving you constipated. This is an ongoing symptom you have to live with all the way through the pregnancy. Eating enough fiber, wholemeal breads, cereals, and drinking plenty of water will help.
30 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Take a tour of the hospital or the birthing center where you plan to give birth and get familiar with it.
- Wear breathable loose clothes and a supportive bra to feel comfortable.
- Continue to eat healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meat, cereals, and dairy products.
- Eat small meals or snacks at regular intervals for better digestion and to prevent heartburn.
- Keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Take plenty of rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day.
- Avoid long and strenuous physical activity, exercises involving jerky or sudden movements.
- Don’t take any medication or herb without your doctor’s clearance.
- Look for a good name for your baby.
- Spend time or keep in touch with family, friends, and other loved ones and share your feelings. This will help you to cope with stress and anxiety and stay calm and relaxed.