You’re 30 weeks pregnant!
That means around ten or so weeks to go before your due date!
Though at this point, you may feel like that’s 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.
Don’t worry, most babies are born within a week either side of their due date.
It can be hard dealing with all the comments you’re likely to get from this point of pregnancy.
Some people will assume you’re ready to give birth.
Others will think you’ve got a long way to go.
But it can be hard to hear everyone’s opinions on your belly size and potential size of your baby.
If you’re bothered by comments about your belly size, have a read of 7 Reasons Why Belly Size Doesn’t Always Equate To Baby Size.
Now’s the time to focus on getting everything you need for your birth and when baby arrive.
Getting your birth bag and things together can also help you feel more ready on an emotional level.
Taking care of the practical stuff allows you to just focus on growing your baby and preparing yourself for the peak experience of birth.
You might also want to start thinking about buying some nursing or maternity bras for this last trimester.
These will last until you have your baby and throughout your early breastfeeding days.
It’s a good idea to get a professional to fit you so you are comfortable but have room for you to grow if need be.
Read Nursing Bras – When Should I Get A Nursing Bra? for more information.
30 Weeks Pregnant – Mood Swings
Those pesky pregnancy symptoms from early on are back.
You might be surprised to notice more mood swings these days.
It’s pretty normal to feel a bit more emotional at this time of pregnancy.
You might be worried about birth or even if you’ll cope with parenthood.
Talk to your care provider if you feel overwhelmed by these thoughts.
Prenatal depression effects around 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 around 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 can 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 may be especially bothersome between now and the baby’s birth day.
That’s because the same hormone that helps your muscles to relax so your baby fits 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.
You may also be having trouble sleeping if you aren’t able to get comfortable in bed and heartburn is more likely to happen when you are lying down.
You’re more likely to feel tired at the end of the day, so making sure you get as much rest as possible is paramount.
A warm bath, a massage and avoiding eating too close to bedtime may help.
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 just leave getting into that position a little later than others.
Your care provider will be able to feel where your baby’s head, back and bottom are.
This tells you where your baby is lying.
But if your baby isn’t head down yet, don’t 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.
But now it’s developing those wrinkles we all associate with how our brains look.
These wrinkles allow for more brain tissue.
Because of her brain development, she can regulate her own body heat better now.
Your baby at 30 weeks gestation is also able to tell the difference between light and dark.
She will start to shed the hair (lanugo) that has been covering her skin to keep her warm.
When your baby is born she may have some lanugo left on her back and shoulders.
Your baby’s hands are completely formed now and her fingernails are growing.
If you could see inside, you might see your baby grasping a foot or the umbilical cord.
Those nails will keep growing and can cause scratches after birth.
Trimming your newborn baby’s nails can seem very daunting!
You may choose to avoid having to do this by using onesies with pullover mittens if the weather is cold enough.
Or you can use an emery board to gently file the nails so they’re not sharp.
Your baby’s bone marrow is making red blood cells now.
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.