What to Expect when You’re 30 Weeks Pregnant
By the time you’re 30 weeks pregnant, your baby has settled down into the (hopefully!) correct birth position. This makes it the most uncomfortable period during pregnancy because Baby will be pressing down on your bladder. These last ten weeks can feel like forever but the end is in sight!
Your baby now weighs more than three pounds and will be gaining approximately half a pound a week from now until about week 37 of pregnancy. His or her little brain is very active and you’ll feel responses to light, sound and taste! Keep talking and singing to your baby – he or she already recognizes your voice and it will help with bonding when Baby finally arrives!
Common Symptoms at 30 Weeks Pregnant
The major pregnancy signs symptoms in week 30 of pregnancy are increased fetal movement, heartburn, varicose veins, fatigue and insomnia, constipation and swollen feet and ankles. All of these symptoms are perfectly normal but you should be updating your midwife or doctor on your symptoms regularly and contacting them immediately if there’s anything unusual, painful or worrying.
You may also find that some of the early stages of pregnancy symptoms have returned – feeling like you need to pee all the time, lower back pain and tender breasts. All of these are a result of your baby and your body preparing for the birth process.
This Week’s Pregnancy To-Do List
Make a Symptoms Diary:
Keep a journal of your changes, symptoms and questions you have. You might find that you’re becoming a little forgetful at this stage and the questions you have for your doctor or midwife might slip out of mind (it’s called “pregnancy brain”). Also, the information on pregnancy symptoms that you record will be really useful for your doctor to assess if there are any problems.
Video Your Baby’s Kicks and Movements:
The amount of space your baby has to “swim” around in is now significantly reduced – he or she is now very close to the skin. So you’ll feel (and see!) every kick, hiccup, and movement. It can be very cool to take some pregnancy videos of these movements so that you can show your child when they’re a bit older.
Have a Maternity Photo Shoot:
It can also be fun to make an album of pregnancy week by week pictures. It’s amazing to see just how much you grow and how significant the weekly changes are in the last trimester! Put on some pretty pregnancy clothes and have some fun posing. It’ll be a joy to look back on this time later!
Remember to Relax:
Your mind is probably pretty occupied with pregnancy, labor and the arrival of your baby. But don’t forget to take time out to enjoy time with friends, family, and your partner, and keep doing the things you love – you’re still you!
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