30 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Find a good pediatrician for your baby.
- Take a childbirth class, and practice the techniques you learn. If you haven’t already, start preparing your baby’s nursery and gathering the baby gear you’ll need for your baby’s first few months at home.
- If you happen to see your healthcare provider this week, ask for her recommendation about having a birth plan, what to include in yours, and what options are available to you.
When you’re 30 weeks pregnant, your baby is somewhere between 15 and 17 inches long and weighs approximately 3 pounds. At this stage, you may notice your skin getting itchy as it stretches over your baby bump, and you may feel a little winded as well. Your baby’s brain continues to develop, red blood cells begin to form in his bone marrow, and his bones also start to harden. He might even sport a full head of hair by now. There’s a lot more going on this week that you might want to find out about, so read on to learn more.
Your Baby’s Development
Now weighing about 3 pounds (1,400 grams) and measuring about 10.8 inches (27 cm) from crown to rump, your baby continues to gain weight and add layers of fat. This fat makes the baby look less wrinkly and will help provide warmth after birth.
Watch Your Baby GrowTo prepare for breathing after birth, your baby will mimic breathing movements by repeatedly moving the diaphragm. Your baby can even get hiccups, which you may feel as rhythmic twitches in your uterus.
Constipation is a common complaint of pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones slow the digestive process considerably. Exercising regularly and eating high-fiber foods, like vegetables and whole grains, are great ways to keep everything regular.
Pregnancy symptoms at 30 weeks
You’ve probably gained quite a bit of weight this month. Gaining 450g (1lb) a week is quite normal during the last three months. Your baby’s needs for nutrients are at their greatest in her final growth spurt before she’s born.
You may be perfectly happy with your increasing size. After all, if you’re gaining weight healthily, you’re doing a great job of giving your baby the best start in life. But if you’re fed up and feeling huge, here are 50 reasons why it’s great to be pregnant.
You could also give yourself a boost with our third trimester feelgood calendar. A simple treat each week can help in the countdown to your baby’s birth, especially once you’re on maternity leave.
Getting a good night’s sleep can become more difficult again in the third trimester. As your bump grows, getting and staying comfortable is harder.
You may find pressure on your bladder means night-time trips to the loo make an unwelcome return. Dreams can also affect the quality of your sleep, leaving you feeling disturbed or inspired! Ask your partner about his dreams, too.
What you need to know
- Itchy skin can be the sign of a liver-related condition that happens in pregnancy called obstetric cholestasis (OC). OC is rare, but if you’re severely itchy, especially on your hands and feet, see your GP or midwife.
- Get to know your Braxton Hicks contractions. Pay attention to how they feel and how often they happen. It may help you distinguish them from the real signs of labour.
- It may be time to buy a car seat. You’ll need one if you’re having your baby in hospital and travelling home by car or taxi.