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30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms And How Your Baby Grows Inside You

30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms And How Your Baby Grows Inside You

4 Jan 2017 | 5 min Read

Nidhi Pandey

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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. 

30 Week Fetus Development 

Your baby’s body is almost fully developed but they still need some more time to fully thrive outside your body.

How Big Is A Baby During 30 Weeks Pregnancy?

Your baby is roughly the size of a big muesli bag and measures about 39.9 cm and weighs about 1.3 kg. 

30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

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.

Physical Development

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.

Emotional Development

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.

Your Body At 30 Weeks Pregnancy

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.

30 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures

30 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures
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30 Week Fetus Pictures 

30 Week Fetus Pictures 
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Ultrasounds At 30 Weeks Pregnant: Do You Need It?

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.

Self Care Tips And Checklists For 30 Weeks Pregnancy

Here are some self care tips and checklists for leading the healthiest life possible during your 30 weeks pregnancy. 

  • Put your heels away! Wearing flats and paying attention to your steps can help prevent falls during your third trimester.
  • Consult your doctor about having an episiotomy during labour. Right before delivery, a surgical cut is made in your perineum to increase the size of your baby’s exit.
  • Perform the best pelvic floor strengthening exercises. A stronger pelvic floor can help with pregnancy and postpartum issues, including haemorrhoids and urine incontinence by better supporting your uterus, bladder, and bowels. 
  • Lessen your sugar intake.
  • Set up your baby’s nursery and make a list of baby girl and boy names.
  • Spend time outdoors. Don’t always sit indoors.
  • Take care of your skin by following a consistent pregnancy-safe skincare routine.
  • Make sure to take adequate rest and not indulge in too much of work.
  • Treat yourself. You deserve some “me time”.

FAQs

Is your baby fully developed at 30 weeks?

Yes, your baby is almost fully formed.

Is 30 weeks considered 8 months pregnant?

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.

Can a woman deliver at 30 weeks?

30 weeks is still considered too early to deliver. 

What should you not do at 30 weeks pregnant?

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.

What are the risks of having a baby at 30 weeks?

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.

Takeaway

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. 

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