You may be experiencing heartburn and mood changes at 30 weeks pregnant, as your baby is gaining weight.
At 30 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is 15.7 inches long and weighs 2.9 pounds. That’s around the size of a bicycle helmet.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 30 weeks pregnant:
- Your Child
- Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 30 Weeks
- Pregnant Real Mom Bumps
Your Baby’s Development at 30 Weeks
As your baby grows, the amniotic fluid in which they’ve been residing aids in their development, notably their lungs and digestive system as they begin to breathe and swallow (yes, they’re breathing and swallowing fluid!). Check up with them at 30 weeks to see how they’re progressing.
Weight increase: Your baby will gain half a pound every week for the following ten weeks!
Kick counts: As a baby develops, his or her motions may vary. You’re still keeping track of your kick counts, right? Do your kick counts at the same time every day (try to find out when your baby is most active), and note your baby’s movements and how long it took to reach ten. You’ll start to see a trend of what’s usual for your infant. Call your healthcare practitioner if you see reduced movement, or none at all.
Lungs: Your baby’s lungs are strengthening this week in preparation for their first breath.
Ultrasound at 30 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 30 Weeks
As your third trimester progresses, you may notice that some of your first trimester symptoms return. You may also feel a lot hungrier right now, which can make symptoms like heartburn more difficult to manage. Here’s what else you could be feeling this week.
- Heartburn: Heartburn returns in the third trimester when your uterus pushes up on your stomach. (Hello, old friend…) Remember to eat smaller meals, wait an hour after eating, and avoid fatty foods.
- Mood swings: Do you feel like Jekyll and Hyde? Mood swings are normal during pregnancy since you may be concerned about your next life change and your hormones are out of control. Remember to be kind with yourself and avoid taking on too much whenever feasible. Try to do activities that make you happy, such as going for a stroll, spending time with friends, or napping.
- Sleep: Sleeping may be difficult at 30 weeks pregnant. That rush of energy you had during your second trimester may be fading. Pregnancy pillows might be your best friend if you’re having difficulties sleeping. Keep the room dark, avoid using electronics before bed, and try to stick to a normal bedtime.
At 30 Weeks Pregnant, Your Life
Let’s be practical for a moment as your due date approaches. These proactive strategies will assist you both now and after your kid is born.
- Mat leave planning: You’ve already informed your employer that you’re expecting, but now it’s time to sort out the details of your maternity leave. If neither your state nor your company provides paid parental leave, you should assess the benefits and drawbacks of taking unpaid time off. How much time will your boss provide you? How much time do you have?
If you are lucky enough to receive paid family leave through your state, employer, or both, you will need to contact your human resources department or your state’s disability leave program to identify your next steps. Here’s my best guess: There will almost certainly be a lot of paperwork involved. Keep everything you sign in case you need it later, and make a note of any deadline-based paperwork in your calendar.
- Purchase the following equipment: White noise devices aren’t only for infants anymore! When it comes to increasing sleep, these little devices may be really beneficial. Get one now to assist you in catching those all-important third-trimester ZZZs. Once the baby is delivered, you can use it in the nursery or to help you sleep more deeply during any baby-free naps you manage to catch. Here’s one of my favorites.
- Continue to laugh: As if you needed another reason to chuckle! But, honestly, laughing has been linked to stress reduction, muscular relaxation, and enhanced immunity, all of which a pregnant woman should benefit from more in these final weeks. One of the most effective strategies to ensure a nice laugh? A one-night-only stand-up special. What about Noble Ape by Jim Gaffican or Hard Knock Wife by Ali Wong?
- Postpartum preparation: Here’s a little nursing secret: If you decide to do it, once you get the hang of it, it can be a little…monotonous. This is especially true when it comes to pumping. Invest in an e-reader or tablet to keep oneself engaged during those apparently endless hours. You’ll be able to read or watch your favorite show with one hand from wherever in your house, day or night. It also helps to have good wireless headphones.
Your Pregnant Belly at 30 Weeks
At 30 weeks pregnant, the average weight increase is 18 to 25 pounds. If you continue to gain a pound every week, you’ll probably gain another ten pounds by the time you reach your due date.
At this week’s checkup, your healthcare practitioner should measure your fundal height (the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus). It should be between 28 and 32 centimeters. You may see your uterus expanding to the point where your belly reaches over your rib cage.
Real Moms’ 30 Week Baby Bump