At 30 weeks pregnant, you are in the middle of your third trimester or in the 8th month of your pregnancy. So you
have only 9 or 10 more weeks to go before the delivery or child birth. Since you are in the final stages of pregnancy, you will become very restless and start feeling that the wait seems endless. This is the time when you must relax and rest. Find some time with your partner or spouse and plan and discuss the forthcoming events of delivery, childbirth and baby care. Try finishing projects which you’ve been planning since long. After the baby comes, you will be very busy feeding, changing diapers, and so on.
You have gained lot of weight and are gaining much more at the rate of about 1 pound per week. You may start feeling that you are becoming slow and clumsy. At 30 weeks pregnant, you might be feeling quite tired and exhausted, so rest and relaxation are of great importance now.
You can increase your body stamina and energy levels by indulging in light exercise. The exercises should be done gradually. It is advisable that one does not overdo anything. Daily walks, breathing exercises, light workouts, stretching and swimming for short distances will make you feel better and help in coping with pregnancy related issues and problems. This is the best time to prepare your body for the upcoming event of labor. The baby is putting on weight at this stage and growing quite steadily.
Your Symptoms: Back pain, heartburn, and constipation are common.
Baby’s Development: Most of the baby’s blood cells are now made by the bone marrow.
Baby’s Size: 37.6 cm, 1 kg.
To Do: Your baby will need a doctor when he is born. Interview pediatricians and/or family practice doctors and find someone you are comfortable with.
At 30 weeks pregnant, the baby’s approximate weight is about 1.5 kg or 3 pounds and approximate length from head to toe is about 14 to 17 inches or 36 to 38 cms. The baby becomes quite sensitive to its surroundings. The baby starts having definite sleep and waking patterns and the expectant mother is able to identify them. The baby’s and mothers sleep cycles need not necessarily match. The baby has become so big by now that it is occupying nearly the entire uterine cavity. The baby moves and plays quite vigorously now. When the baby is not moving, it will generally be in a sitting position with the head facing upward. Now is the time when the baby starts positioning itself for exit by easing and resting the head on mother’s pelvic bones.
The baby’s brain is developing very fast during this period. The brain trains the eyes for opening and lungs for breathing. The baby is able to see the happenings in the uterus and can differentiate light and darkness. The baby is capable of tracking a light source. The baby reacts to outer lights. The baby has fully grown eyelashes and eyebrows at this stage. She is adding on fat and gaining weight. Lengthwise, the baby’s growth may slow down now. Baby has fully developed and functional digestive tract and lungs during the 30 weeks pregnant stage.
Changes With Your Body
Both the mother and baby are continuing to grow steadily during this week. You might start feeling uncomfortable due to the weight increase and expanded stomach. The tiredness and fatigue also increase considerably at this stage. You may not be getting enough comfortable sleep at night. The expectant mother might be experiencing strain on the lower back. This is because the body’s center of gravity is changing. She can reduce this strain by good posture maintenance. The progesterone levels in the body are increasing and this makes the pregnant woman feel exhausted.
There is an additional secretion of pregnancy hormones which help loosen up the body joints. For many women, the third trimester could be a trying period due to increased emotional changes and mood swings. The pregnant woman may have a difficult time in changing positions during the night due to the distended belly. They must make use of body pillows for comfortable resting positions. Recliners can also be used for having short naps. For some women, a semi upright pose seems to be most comfortable position for sleeping.
At the 30 weeks pregnant, the Braxton Hicks contractions are experienced by many women. The volume of the amniotic fluid starts decreasing as the baby starts getting bigger. The expectant mothers might start feeling breathless around 30 weeks of pregnancy. This is due to the pressing of the uterus against the diaphragm. The feeling is only temporary and eating and breathing will become easier by the 34th week when the baby’s head moves downward. Urination frequency increases considerably by this time due to the increased pressure on the lower part of the body. Some women may have high sugar levels or high blood pressure.
What to Expect
You are bound to feel quite worn out by the 30th week of pregnancy. Discomfort arises from moodiness, disrupted sleep, excessive weight, breathlessness, and so on. You can relieve and reduce the severity of all these pregnancy related conditions by keeping a healthy and positive outlook. Try and talk about your problems with your family physician who may prescribe medication if the problem is serious. Talking with your family, friends and partner will also help you to a great extent in handling the problems. Plan out the forthcoming events of childbirth and baby care and organize your life accordingly. This will help in calming you and keeping you relaxed.
You must take adequate rest during this stage to overcome the fatigue and exhaustion. Use body pillows, recliners for good comfortable sleep. Indulge in light form of pregnancy exercises like daily walks, stretching, breathing and yoga to cope up with stress, anxieties, as well as minor aches and pains. Maintain good standards of personal hygiene and cleanliness to avoid urinary tract or other infections. Visit your physician on a regular basis and keep a track of your health as well as baby’s development. Be positive and get prepared for the forthcoming delivery. Soon, you will experience the pleasure and joy of motherhood!