Mom and Baby at 30 Weeks Pregnant
Can you believe how fast time flies? At pregnancy week 30, your baby weighs almost 3 pounds (on average, 2.9 pounds this week) and he/she may be about 15.7 inches long from head to heel.
According to the March of Dimes, if your baby was born premature this week, he/she has a 96 percent chance of survival. While this sounds promising, it’s best for your baby to stay inside your womb until he/she is full-term.
Hang in there – you have less than ten weeks to go. Now that you’re 30 weeks pregnant, your uterus is about four inches above your belly button. You have probably gained over 20 pounds by now. It’s hard to imagine that seven and a half months ago, your tummy was relatively flat!
As your baby continues to grow and develop inside you, you may notice that he/she pokes you with an arm or a leg sometimes. To pass the time, you may want to spend some time with your partner and play the “guess the body part” game. If you feel a hard round lump, this is most likely your baby’s head or his bottom. A longer flat surface might be your baby’s back. If you really want to identify your baby’s bumps and lumps, ask your healthcare provider at your next prenatal visit.
Since you’re pretty huge now, you may be feeling rather exhausted these days, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping at night. Insomnia during pregnancy is very common, and it affects 80 percent of all pregnant women. You may find it hard to sleep because of leg cramps, frequent need to urinate, and the fact that your bulging belly makes it difficult to get in a comfortable position.
While there is not much you can do for your leg cramps (other than massaging your calf muscles) or your frequent need to urinate, you can purchase a pregnancy pillow to help you sleep at night. These are designed to conform to the unique shape of your pregnant body, and they may offer you a comfortable sleeping position.
At pregnancy week 30, your growing belly, in conjunction with uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms and hormonal changes, can make you cranky. The mood swings that you had earlier in pregnancy may come back in full force this week. Remember to keep the lines of communication open between you and your partner, and this may help make his life easier during these emotional changes.
If you haven’t already, this is a wonderful week to finish decorating your baby’s nursery. This will help pass the time, and it will get you excited about your little one’s arrival.
PREGNANCY 411 – Heartburn During Pregnancy
In the third trimester, you may start to experience a painful, burning sensation in your throat or chest. This is called heartburn and it’s common during the second half of your pregnancy. Heartburn in the third trimester is often caused by your growing uterus and baby pushing against your stomach and intestines, which in turn pushes the stomach acid back up into your esophagus.
While it is uncomfortable, heartburn is generally harmless and it’s not something to worry about. If you find your heartburn is unbearable and you want relief, talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medications. He/she may be able to give you suggestions on safe heartburn relievers to take.
At pregnancy week 30, the best thing you can do is to try to prevent heartburn and minimize your discomfort. You can do this by: