You’re 30 weeks pregnant!
That means there are only about ten or so weeks to go before your due date.
At this point, though, you might feel like that’s still ages away – especially when you remember your due date is a guesstimate.
30 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
Only 3-5% of babies are born on their due date.
But don’t worry, most babies are born within a week either side of their due date.
It can be hard to deal with all the comments you’re likely to get from this point until the end of your pregnancy.
Some people will assume you’re ready to give birth.
Others will think you still have a long way to go.
It can be difficult to hear everyone’s opinions on the size of your belly and the potential size of your baby.
If you’re bothered by comments about your belly size, read 7 Reasons Why Belly Size Doesn’t Always Equate To Baby Size.
Now’s the time to focus on getting together everything you need for your birth and when baby arrives.
Packing your birth bag and having things organised can also help you feel more ready on an emotional level.
Taking care of all the practical stuff allows you to focus on growing your baby and preparing yourself for the peak experience of birth.
You might also think about buying some nursing or maternity bras for this last trimester.
They will last until you’ve had your baby and throughout your early breastfeeding days.
It’s a good idea to have a professional to fit you, so you are comfortable now and have room to grow if necessary.
Read Nursing Bras – When Should I Get A Nursing Bra? for more information.
30 Weeks Pregnant: Mood Swings
Those pesky pregnancy symptoms from earlier on are back.
You might be surprised to notice more mood swings these days.
It’s pretty normal to feel a little more emotional at this time in your pregnancy.
You might be worried about the birth, or even wondering whether you’ll cope with parenthood.
Talk to your care provider if you feel overwhelmed by these thoughts.
Prenatal depression affects about 10% of women during pregnancy.
Your doctor or midwife can help if you’re experiencing depression during pregnancy.
30 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body
Many pregnant women start to experience pain in the rib cage in the last trimester.
This happens when the top of your expanding uterus puts pressure on your ribs.
Your baby can also stretch up and put extra pressure on your ribcage.
It can really reduce your lung capacity too, which might cause shortness of breath.
If this happens to you, check out Rib Pain During Pregnancy – 9 Tips To Relieve Sore Ribs for suggestions on how to ease this discomfort.
Heartburn could be especially bothersome between now and your baby’s birth.
That’s because the same hormone that helps your muscles to relax, to allow your baby to fit through your pelvis, also relaxes the muscles of your oesophagus.
This allows stomach acid and food to creep back up, causing that burning sensation. Find out what remedies can provide relief from heartburn during pregnancy.
Heartburn is more likely to happen when you are lying down. Avoiding eating too close to bedtime.
If you aren’t able to get comfortable in bed, you might also be having trouble sleeping.
You’re more likely to feel tired at the end of the day, so it’s very important to make sure you get as much rest as possible.
A warm bath or a massage might help.
Also try different sleeping positions, to maximise your comfort at night.
30 Weeks Pregnant: Baby Position
Your baby is likely to have completely settled into a head down position by 30 weeks pregnant.
Usually, your midwife won’t bother to check your baby’s position until 30 weeks. This is because some babies eventually get into that position a little later than others.
Your care provider will be able to tell you where your baby is lying, by feeling where your baby’s head, back and bottom are.
If your baby isn’t head down yet, there’s no need to panic.
You still have time for that to happen.
Check out our article on optimal fetal positioning for tips on how you can help your baby find a good position for birth.
30 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby
The surface of your baby’s brain has been smooth until now.
At this stage, it’s developing those wrinkles we all associate with the way our brains look.
These wrinkles allow more space for brain tissue.
Because of her brain development, your baby can regulate her own body heat better now.
At 30 weeks gestation, your baby is also able to tell the difference between light and darkness.
She will start to shed the hair (lanugo) that has been covering her skin to keep her warm.
When your baby is born she might still have some lanugo left on her back and shoulders.
Your baby’s hands are completely formed now. If you could see inside, you might see her grasping a foot or the umbilical cord.
Her fingernails are also growing.They can cause scratches after birth.
Trimming your newborn baby’s nails can seem very daunting.
You can avoid doing this by using onesies with pullover mittens, if the weather is cold enough.
Or you can use an emery board to file the nails gently so they aren’t sharp.
Your baby’s bone marrow is making red blood cells now.
At 30 weeks pregnant, your baby’s weight is about 1.6 kg and she is about 38-42 cm long – the size of a cucumber.
She will gain about 200 grams each week from now on.