It’s week thirty, and your blossoming little one is now the size of a large zucchini. Roughly three pounds and measuring 15.7 inches, your thirty-week fetus will continue to rapidly grow at the rate of about ½ pound and ½ an inch per each coming week.
With just ten weeks to go until the big day, you will be filled with a great range of emotions from excitement and anticipation to fear and anxiety at the prospect of going into labor. Additionally, you will be experiencing all of the feelings associated with the myriad pregnancy symptoms you are going through, with many symptoms increasing in frequency and severity as you get nearer to your due date.
In the coming weeks, the volume of amniotic fluid will decrease as your baby grows and takes up an increasing amount of room in the limited available space in your uterus. In terms of your physical experience, the next few weeks will present with a range of symptoms indicating your body is becoming ready for labor and the ultimate birth of your beautiful baby.
To learn more about week thirty of pregnancy and all of its thrilling developments, read on below!
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Your Physical and Emotional Health: 30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
During this time in your term, you will more than likely be feeling exhausted. Your sleep may be impacted by aches, pains, and the phenomenon known as nesting. Anxiety, fear, excitement, and a multitude of other powerful emotions may race through your mind at night, inhibiting your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Clumsiness may also be getting the best of you from the lax state of your ligaments causing looseness of your joints. Further exacerbating the issue is the increased weight you are carrying which significantly throws off your center of gravity, resulting in a marked lack of purposeful movement and overall grace in carrying yourself.
Week thirty also marks a return of the mood swings that were prevalent during earlier times in your pregnancy. As your hormones ebb and flow, you will experience emotional peaks and valleys that can seemingly shift at a moment’s notice.
Additional symptoms common to week 30 are listed below
At-a-Glance Chart of Common Week 30 Pregnancy Symptoms
|Compulsive nesting tendencies||Hemorrhoids|
|Severely impacted sleep||Gas|
|Mood swings; emotional peaks and valleys||Chronic nausea and vomiting|
|Breathlessness||Increased back and pelvic area pain|
|Leg cramps||An increase in Braxton-Hicks contractions|
|Anxiety, nervousness, fear, agitation||Significant increase in frequency of urination|
Your Baby’s Health and Status: 30 Weeks Pregnant Baby
Baby’s brain is not only growing bigger but is also undergoing massive aesthetic changes. Up until this point, the surface of your baby’s brain was very smooth. Now, their brain is beginning to develop a multitude of grooves, creases, and indentations.
The evolving physical changes to the surface of their brain is critical to support the space necessary to accommodate a vastly increased amount of brain tissues, which will ultimately facilitate their intellectual growth.
Also occurring is the slow disappearance of lanugo – the downy, super-soft hair encompassing your little one’s body, as the evolution of their brain and the production of an immense number of fat cells begin to regulate their body temperature.
Perhaps the biggest change happening to your baby during this time of your pregnancy is the critically important process of red blood cell production making the shift to becoming facilitated by bone marrow. Previous to this point, red blood cell production was under the control of the spleen and various tissues within baby’s body.
This transformation shift is crucial, as it enables baby to optimally function and ultimately thrive on their own once she is born.
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge at 30 Weeks Pregnant
- Try not to scratch your itchy belly as it will only worsen the situation. Instead, massage your belly and smooth on soothing lotions, creams, and oils
- The calcium from the foods and beverages you ingest makes its way directly to your baby’s bones, strengthening and fortifying them as they undergo their hardening process. As a result, ensure you are consuming plenty of calcium-rich foods
- Protein is also especially important as it will support the growth of healthy cells throughout your baby’s little body
- Sleeping and resting on your side not only helps you alleviate many of the aches and pains you may be feeling but is also beneficial for your baby as it improves circulation, resulting in the placenta obtaining an increased amount of nutrients
- If your baby exhibits any concerning symptoms in development and overall growth, your doctor may elect to do a thirty-week ultrasound
- While itchy skin during pregnancy is extremely common, it can rarely be the result of a liver condition referred to as obstetric cholestasis. If you experience severe itching, particularly on your feet, fingers, and hands, make an appointment with your doctor immediately
- One in ten women experience severe depression during pregnancy. If you are overwhelmed by sadness and anxiety, make an appointment with your doctor to see what options they can offer you
To-Do List and Reminders at 30 Weeks Pregnant
- Find a good pediatrician. Just as important as having a great doctor or midwife, a pediatrician will be in charge of your baby’s health throughout its early years of life
- Take note of your baby supplies and overall inventory. Make a list of anything you may be missing
- Purchase a car seat for the ride home after giving birth
- Consider taking a child birthing class and practice the valuable techniques that you learn as a way to prepare yourself for the big day
- Stay vigilant in looking out for pre-eclampsia symptoms
- Invest in flat shoes with plenty of support to assist with clumsiness
- Decide you will be in the room with you during labor
- Research options for pain relief during labor
- Ensure that your health insurance is in place and is accepted by the hospital or service you will be using for birth
Obstetric cholestasis: Obstetric Cholestasis, also referred to as Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy is a liver-related condition that affects roughly 1 out of every 140 pregnancies. Involving an impacted flow of bile being transported out of the liver, it can result in the build-up of chemicals, bile salts, and bile acids that can potentially make their way into the bloodstream.
Cool Things to Know About Week 30 in Pregnancy
- Baby’s eyesight is continuing to develop with each passing day. However, still enshrouded within your womb, their eyesight is limited. After birth, his or her eyes will be closed for much of the day. When opened, baby’s eyes will have 20/400 vision, resulting in their ability to only identify objects just a few inches from their line of sight.
- The loosening and relaxation of your joints and ligaments can result in your feet spreading in width permanently. As a result, you may need to purchase shoes that are in a bigger or wider size
- As mature as baby has become, their nerve cells have quite a bit of development ahead of them. As a result, he or she does not yet have the ability to perceive any changes in temperature
Ready to find out what’s next in your pregnancy journey?