30 WEEKS PREGNANT
Find that fatigue is knocking on your way more frequently these days? This is very common in the third trimester, especially if you have trouble falling asleep.
On the plus side, the baby bump will make a good conversation starter especially if you run into old friends (good riddance to awkward silences), and not to mention the endless congratulations that you’ll be receiving.
Oh! And another good news Mummies-to-be! The pregnancy glow is a real thing! If you find yourself getting compliments on your pregnancy glow, take them because, like the name suggests, the glow only belongs to pregnant mummies!
At this stage, you’ll find people giving up their seats to you on the MRT. Don’t be shy and take it! If the train is crowded when you enter and you happen to be standing near the doors, do manoeuvre through the mass of people to the seats and request politely if no one gives up their seat for you.
Week 30 of your pregnancy will find you slightly off balance because your heavy belly has caused a shift in your centre of gravity. Imagine on a moving bus or train? You and baby’s safety is of utmost importance.
Also, you’ll find yourself gaining substantial weight at this point but remember that it’s a much needed gain as those extra kilograms gives you reserves for breastfeeding your baby. However do watch out for a sudden weight gain as it could be a serious pregnancy complication called preeclampsia.
30 weeks pregnant is how many months? 30 weeks pregnant is seven months and two weeks pregnant.
30 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 30 weeks? Your baby is the size of a large bitter gourd , which is about 40cm.
The current weight of your baby is about 1.32kilograms.
30 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
30 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
As your baby grows and the weight of your belly takes its toll on you, you might find yourself feeling not up to the mark.
Being 30 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptom that your body might be experiencing:
- Feeling breathless. Your baby is growing and your uterus is expanding. This happens as the little one is pushing against your lungs and diaphragm, causing you to be out of breath when you exert yourself.
- Feeling off balance. As your belly gets bigger, your center of gravity changes. Also your joints are loose due to hormonal changes, so you might find yourself slightly off center.
- Acid Reflux. Due to the pregnancy hormones, progesterone, slowing your digestive system, your food stays in your stomach longer and this creates more acid. You may suffer from acid reflux as a result. Remember to watch what you eat, especially foods that may trigger the problem.
- Lack of sleep. As your body changes, you may find yourself getting uncomfortable in almost any position. A concoction of backaches, a perpetually full bladder, swollen belly and anxiety can cause you to face a lack of sleep.
- Swelling. You may experience swelling in your body, which is a very common pregnancy symptom. However, if you experience severe swelling, that could be a problem so inform your doctor if that happens.
You might feel breathless after exerting yourself. This is due to your growing baby pushing against your lungs. Do take things slow and easy especially as you get closer to your due date.
30 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
At this stage you might be experiencing many instances of Braxton Hicks contractions, which is a way your body warms up for the actual delivery. Braxton Hicks often happens when you are tired, dehydrated, or after you have exercised and even after sex.
If you experience four or more contractions in an hour, contact your doctor because it could be a sign of preterm labour. When you get the contractions, remember to relax and sit or lie down.
At this stage you should have put on anywhere between 8kg to 11.5kg, and the fundal height (distance between the pubic bone and the top of the uterus) should be also approximately 30cm.
As your belly is pretty sizeable, simple task such as tying your shoe laces may present a challenge. Remember to buy slip-ons or comfortable shoes to avoid this problem.
HOW IS MY BABY AT 30 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At 30 weeks, your baby still has his or her head up. The little one is comfortably floating around in about 0.7litres of amniotic fluid, but the volume would decrease as the baby gets bigger and takes up more space in your womb. And because the baby is getting bigger, the kicks may feel harder than just a few weeks ago.
Your baby’s skin is getting smoother and the eyesight is continuing to develop. Even after your baby is born, he or she will keep the eyes closed for the majority of the time. At the point of birth, your baby will have 20/400 vision, being able to make out items a few inches from his or her face.
The baby’s brain is now rapidly developing and getting wrinklier (like an adult human brain), and because of that, the lanugo (soft hair covering the body) will slowly start to disappear.
Your baby is also now strong enough to be able to grab a finger, the fingernails are now almost developed and will continue growing. Some babies are born with long fingernails, so they will have to be cut to prevent the baby from scratching him or herself.
Your baby’s bone marrow is now functioning and is producing red blood cells, taking over the duty from the tissue groups and spleen.
Interesting thing to note, your baby’s sleep patterns show signs of rapid eye movement, which is the dreaming stage of sleep, so this means your baby is now capable of having weird dreams!
WHAT TO DO AT 30 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Attend childbirth classes
- Get ready items for the baby’s arrival