30 Weeks Pregnant

30 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is now measuring about 14 ¾ inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.*  There are only 10 weeks left and my baby is growing rapidly from here on out.

30 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

My growing baby is now accounting for a large part of the space inside your uterus. Your body is amazing and will continue to change to accommodate the growth of your baby.  My baby can distinguish between light and dark and can even follow a light source as it moves.  My baby’s eyesight will only be about 20/400 at birth, but this is completely normal.

30 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

Interrupted sleep from a moving baby, being more active, and changes in your baby can all affect your sleep and make you feel more tired.  Getting good rest is necessary and it may be important to take naps.  In oder to get a more restful sleep, you might try different positions, add in a body pillow, or place a pillow between your knees.  Mood swings are common during the first trimester, tend to alleviate during the second trimester, but often raise their heads up during this last trimester.  Don’t worry this is normal.  Your hormones are causing your body to change, in particular, your joints should be getting looser.  This may cause your feet to get bigger.  You shoe size may even change, and this usually does not change back after giving birth.

30 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

With approximatey 10 weeks left you want to make sure that you have some important discussions with your healthcare provider.  One of the most important is whether or not you plan on using any pain relief options and if so which ones you are open too or interested in.  Make sure that you talk to your healthcare provider about your options, ask questions related to risks and benefits.  It may also help to investigate these options through websites, forums and other networks that allow you get all the information that you need to make an educated decision. Here is a brief introduction into pain relief options:

  • Natural childbirth- includes the Alexander Technique, the Bradley Method, Hypnosis, Lamaze, and Water Birth.
  • Local anesthesia- includes pudendal block, spinal block, and an epidural.
  • General anesthesia– not commonly used during labor and delivery due to a complete loss of sensation and consciousness.
  • Narcotics– commonly used in labor for women who are looking for a less invasive form of pain relief. The goal of narcotics is to reduce anxiety and help a woman cope with contractions.
  • Patterned Breathing- refers to the various types of breathing at specific rates and depths to allow the woman to become more calm and relaxed.
  • Relaxation Techniques for Labor– used in addition to any of the above interventions to incorporate all the senses.

30 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Backaches may become more prevalent because of the way your body has changed and with the additional weight.  Getting rest, keeping your feet up, and paying attention to your posture and some helpful tips to alleviate or reduce the back pain that you experience.  Avoid sleeping on your back or your stomach which may further contribute to back pain as well as cause other complications.

30 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

More than likely you can feel your baby moving so now you can join in with your partner in experiencing the joys and amazement of the little miracle inside.  Naps are always good for your partner, but this could also create some time together where the two of you nap at the same time.  This will allow you to lay there with her placing your hand on her stomach and hopefully feel the baby moving.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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