4 Jan 2017 | 5 min Read
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During the 30th week of pregnancy, your baby will be 40.64 cm long and weighs almost 1 kg! Your amniotic fluid levels are considered adequate as of now but it will reduce towards the end of pregnancy. This fluid is important since it cushions your little one from jerks and other injuries.
Let’s learn more interesting details about the pregnancy symptoms that you will experience this week, and your baby’s growth and development.
Your baby’s body is almost fully developed but they still need some more time to fully thrive outside your body.
Your baby is roughly the size of a big muesli bag and measures about 39.9 cm and weighs about 1.3 kg.
Experiencing leg cramps in the middle of the night from this week onwards is fairly common. This is a result of lack of blood circulation which is due to your growing belly and thickening off blood. You can take care of this by ensuring adequate intake of fluids and drinks.
It is also very common to experience breathlessness, loss in appetite and feel uncomfortable in the ribs as your uterus presses against the stomach.
As your pregnancy progresses, it’s time you focus on your prenatal health and perform certain exercises like Kegels to improve flexibility and reduce body aches and pains. These exercises will help you prevent urinary incontinence, which occurs due to your uterus growing and putting additional pressure on your bladder. Kegels also help you tone your vaginal muscles and make for an easier second stage of labour, which is the pushing stage. These exercises will also help your vaginal muscles recover more easily, post childbirth.
You might now feel much bigger with your tummy growing upwards and outwards. In this week, you will also feel that your abdomen is almost at the rib cage, which might make deep breathing difficult.
You might also start experiencing some discomfort with your heavy stomach, for example a simple turning of sides might require quite an effort! But then again, you are going through all this for your baby, so smile and take it as it comes.
Your prenatal anxiety about labour will now increase, as your due date draws closer. For most women, it is really just the fear of the unknown that scares them.
It helps to read up about labour and birthing on trusted websites and books. We at BabyChakra work to be one such. You can discuss things with fellow mums-to-be or experienced mums but then make sure you don’t compare your case with theirs because no two women are alike, so no two births can be the same.
The anxiety might make you irritable. At times, these mood swings can also be due to hormonal changes, as your body gears up for birth.
Fatigue, trouble sleeping, back pain, changes in the size or structure of your feet are among the signs of 30 weeks of pregnancy or pregnancy month 7.
During week 30, it’s not necessary to get an ultrasound, although some doctors may suggest it to check your baby’s growth and development.
Here are some self care tips and checklists for leading the healthiest life possible during your 30 weeks pregnancy.
Yes, your baby is almost fully formed.
No, it is considered 7 months pregnant.
What you should be doing at 30 weeks pregnant?
Keep taking your prenatal vitamins, eating wholesome foods, and drinking lots of water. Exercise a little and do those Kegel exercises. Spend some time with your friends and family.
30 weeks is still considered too early to deliver.
Avoid consuming caffeinated beverages including sodas, tea, and coffee. After eating, avoid stooping or lying down. After you eat, go for a quick walk. Avoid eating two hours prior to going to bed if you experience heartburn at night.
Premature birth may lead to the following complications such as vision probelms, hearing problems, dental problems, cerebral palsy, behavioral and psychological problems, and chronic health issues.
Be careful while walking as your centre of gravity is now shifting and you might find yourself a little tipsy on your feet. You will be better off wearing comfortable shoes with firm straps to minimize chances of a fall.