Pregnancy - 30 Weeks Pregnant

Now you’re 30 weeks pregnant, you’re able to see the end of your long journey. With only 10 weeks or so left, it’s time to really start taking care of yourself, whilst at the same time – planning ahead. You’ll be surprised how fast the last few weeks can pass and it’s time to start making sure that you’re prepared for your baby’s impending arrival.

At 30 weeks pregnant, no doubt you’re feeling the strain of the extra weight a fair bit. Even though it is a gradual increase, most women reach a point where they suddenly start to notice it a lot more. Plus the frequent urination seems to feel worse – which normal for almost every woman. By this stage, your uterus is pressing on your diaphragm, as well as putting more pressure on your bladder and you’ll probably find that getting up and taking a trip to the bathroom is also beginning to leave you feeling quite breathless.

Welcome to the later stages of pregnancy! If you’re lucky, you won’t be plagued by heartburn. If not, you have my sympathy. It was a bane for me at times and during one pregnancy, it was considered extreme. There are many ways to alleviate it and if you’re seriously affected by it, make sure you speak to your doctor or midwife.

As with the last few weeks, you’ll be feeling increasingly ungainly – though some women do carry incredibly small. But – it’s more common by the 30 weeks pregnant stage that you’re beginning to feel like an ocean going liner. It won’t help that the progesterone coursing around your body also adds to how tired you may feel. In short, comfort is starts to become a bit of a problem!

30 Weeks Pregnant

One of the easiest ways around this is to dress comfortably, both clothing and footwear wise. Invest in a good quality maternity pillow and install it in your bed (also great for post-birth and breastfeeding). Take any opportunity that you can to kick back and relax. There’s a good reason that most women take pregnancy leave before the 30 weeks pregnant stage – so take advantage of it.

One thing to be aware of is pre-eclampsia, otherwise known as toxemia. You’re health professionals should have informed you as to what it is, the signs and symptoms and so on. If you’re in any doubt – a visit with your doctor/ midwife is advisable. It’s perfectly reasonable to be concerned about lots of things when you’re pregnant and any health professional would rather you were checked out and deemed healthy - than you sat chewing at your nails, fretting.

Your breasts may be leaking a little milk by now and if so, don’t worry over much. They’ll certainly leak more post-birth and this is just a sign that your body is making ready for your babies’ forthcoming appearance. You may also be more aware of Braxton Hicks twinges and again, this is just another sign that your body is preparing for the final stages of your pregnancy.

Fetal Development

30 Weeks Gestation

At 30 weeks pregnant, your baby is now approximately 2/3 pounds in weight and upwards of 15 inches or so in length. His weight increase will continue over the coming weeks, albeit at a slightly slower pace. No doubt you can really feel him now, especially as he’s taking up the space available to him!

He can now control the movement of his eyelids and distinguish a lot better between light and dark. He is also beginning to shed the downy hair that covers his body. This is because the fatty layers increasing around his body have reached a level whereby they can keep him sufficiently warm. He will continue to flex and test his muscles and you may well notice lumps and bumps sticking out of your baby bump from time to time.

30 Weeks Pregnant - In General

As you're now 30 weeks pregnant, I can't say it enough: take care of yourself. before you know it, time will have passed and you'll have your baby in your arms - and be feeling pretty exhausted! better that you put the times you can rest (now) to good use, as you'll sorely miss them in the first few months post-birth.

As ever, any concerns or worries, talk it out with someone. If it's a general pep talk you need, turn to a partner, family member or friend. Anything more, make sure you have the talk with your health professional. And remember - not far to go now!

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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

I could not even begin to imagine the pain of childbirth but I definitely sympathize with pregnant women. When my wife was pregnant both times she still did a lot but I helped out as much as possible and took over some of the more mundane chores so she could rest and relax.

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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Wesley - then you're an angel! I rarely had a stitch of help with any of mine. That's should be one of the more beautiful aspects of being pregnant - that you share it as much as possible, both before and after. Lovely to hear that you were so involved :)

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pageantgirl31413 7 years ago from England

Ah the beauty of being pregnant. I am so happy that's over haha. Anyways, great hub. I relied heavily on these types of posts when I was pregnant with both of mine. It's nice to know what to expect and how to make things easier.

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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

pageantgirl - for sure the best painkiller is the moment they place your baby in your arms :) I'd do it all again, despite the ups and downs, if I wasn't too long in the tooth and too busy enjoying my baby free life. The pregnancy and birth wouldn't put me off in the slightest ... and I had some really crappy times ;)

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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

it's the way some preggy mothers dress that affect me. i see some who wear uncomfortably worn dresses...

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

FD, Well done on this series! Keep it going my friend!

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thelesleyshow 7 years ago from US

Keep it going, this is a great Hub series.

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pageantgirl31413 7 years ago from England

I agree. I absolutely love kids. I wouldn't mind another but the doctors have warned me against having another one :( . It is worth it all the same.

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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

bing - Personal choice I guess. My wordrobe consisted of maternity wear and normal clothing. I managed somehow :)

Candie - woooo lol hey there :) I will be finishing it. Probably round it off with the giving birth bit (the good part in my opinion) and some alternate birthing ideas and plans.

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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

thelesley - I am. Can't stop with ten weeks to go ;)

pagaentgirl - then that's a shame, especially if you'd love another. And it's always worth it - babies are beautiful :)

BC - you want a baby girl then? lol then your wish is granted. This hub-baby will be a girl. Needs a name though :)

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frogdropping 7 years ago Author

Awwww BC - great name. My hub-baby has a name ... Leeanne :)

chelsea060711 5 years ago

hey im 30 weeks pregnant today only 10 more weeks for my little mans arrival we havnt got a name for him any suggestions.. and now begining to feel the strain on my lower back xx

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frogdropping 5 years ago Author

Oh wow congratualtions! I don't know about the name ... it depends on what you like, where you're from and I guess how it will sound with your baby's last name :)

I was going to call my last baby Connor, but he came out a she so that was the end of that one. I know old fashioned names are back in, Jack, Harry, Oliver. William(!), Alfie, Oscar (my daughter loves this one), Theo, Sebastian, Dylan, Noah.

Best of luck for the birth :):)

Cynthia:) 4 years ago

Ugh I'm 32 weeks pregnant and I'm always tired I have a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl so I'm always running around chasing them. My husband is a miner so he works a lot I wish he would help out a little more on his days off. And he's a pain and won't rub my back lol. I like this little post thing it's nice knowing there's others out there:)

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