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30 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 30 weeks pregnant:
  1. Your baby batting their eyelashes.
  2. Breathlessness.
  3. Heartburn.
  4. Fatigue.
  5. Starting the countdown to due date.
How your life will change this week:
Your baby is so big now that your lungs and diaphragm are getting crowded, and you may find it difficult to catch your breath. Because of the demands your baby is putting on your body, and because of the trouble you have sleeping, it’s totally normal to feel pretty fatigued this week. Don’t feel bad about asking for help if you have to do something strenuous, and put your feet up as much as you can.

Heartburn is a common symptom of late pregnancy, so count your lucky stars if you’re not suffering from it at the moment. The pregnancy hormones in your body that help to relax your pelvic muscles so you can give birth also relax the muscles that lie between your stomach and your oesophagus. This means that digestive juices can head up to your throat, causing uncomfortable heartburn. Try to drink a lot of water, don’t lie down right after you’ve eaten, and stay away from any spicy or fatty food. 

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is still only a little over 39cm. In the weeks to come, the length of your baby probably won’t change much, but their weight will continue to increase. Your baby is probably growing a good head of hair by now, with both the colour and texture already determined. As they develop the ability to regulate their own body temperature, they will shed the downy hair known as lanugo that has covered their skin for so many weeks. Another exciting development is that your baby will probably react to sound and light by now. If you shine a light onto your belly, your baby will follow the glow with their head, or even reach out to touch the lightness.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Decide on your birthing plan.
  • Ensure your bag is ready for the hospital. Every time you remember something you need, you can add it to the bag.
  • Schedule your next few visits with your gynaecologist. You will probably be meeting every two weeks now.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Help to open up your hips by spending at least 30 seconds every day on the floor with the soles of your feet together and your knees apart. Use your elbows to push your knees gently to the floor.

Curious about next week?
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Sister Pippa Hime, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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