30 weeks pregnant – Your pregnancy guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 30

Your baby this week – Week 30

In the 30th week of pregnancy, your baby is the size of a small cabbage, and now weighs a little above three pounds (1.3 kgs) and measures about 15.7 inches.

Your baby’s lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed, and continues to perfect the art of closing and opening their eyes. It is now possible for your baby to distinguish between light and dark. If you shine a light at your bump and move it, you may be able to feel the baby’s head move in the direction of the light. But do remember, newborns are not born with perfect eyesight. Children with normal vision don’t reach 20/20 vision till the age of 9.

Your child is now surrounded by about a liter of amniotic fluid but that volume is likely to decrease as the baby grows and has less room in your uterus. With the growth of the baby, expect some shortness of breath as the uterus puts pressure on the diaphragm. 

Some more important developments that take place in your baby in utero:

  • Increase in baby brain size: There is an increase in the wrinkles and the characteristic grooves and indentations to help your baby’s brain store more and more information.  

  • Decrease in the body hair: Your baby’s body is now losing its furry appearance as it is now capable of regulating the body temperature.

  • Production of Red Blood Cells (RBCs): The bone marrow in your baby’s body is now capable of producing its own RBCs. This helps ensure that the baby is able to survive once it is born.

  • Fully formed hands and fingernails: Now that your baby’s hands are fully formed, you may be able to watch your baby grab their feet in the next ultrasound

 

Your pregnancy this week – Week 30

30 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

30 weeks! Only 10 more to go! With the growing baby pressing on your bladder, you are probably facing the constant – and exasperated – need to pee all the time. All this along with tender breasts, fatigue, and pregnancy heartburn.

You have probably gained quite a bit by now, typically 1.4-1.8 kg. Your baby’s demands for nutrients are at their greatest in the pre-final growth spurt. With your legs bearing the brunt of the increased weight, you will notice slight swelling in your feet. It helps to rub some coconut or olive oil on your feet and put them up for some time.

Other pregnancy symptoms include:

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty in falling asleep

  • Shortness of breath

  • Weird and vivid dreams

Enjoy your pregnancy in this home stretch. Don’t take hurtful comments to heart, but do take the compliments seriously and bask in them. Talk to your partner, if you are having weird dreams. Maybe he has them too. If you’ve been exercising so far, you should continue to do so. Yoga during pregnancy is a great way to keep fit and supple. If you are unable to get sleep because of your growing belly, it may be a good time to invest in a pregnancy pillow, which will come in handy in the weeks to come as well.

If you are delivering in the same city you live in, this is probably the best time for you and your partner to start discussing the “Labour Drill” – the procedure to follow in case of emergencies. Who stays at home (in case you have an older child), who comes to the hospital, what to do if your partner is stuck in office when you go in labour.

 

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 30

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