Your Pregnancy at Week 30

by Your Baby Club

Your baby's brain is developing!

Week 30

your baby this week:

The big bit of growth currently going on inside you, is to do with your baby's brain. It will no longer be smooth, instead it's beginning to take the more distinctive form with grooves and curves to allow for more brain tissue to form.

This lovely new brain your little one is forming will at this point, also be taking control of the temperature regulation they will be thankful for in the outside world. This means they will also be losing the hair which previously did this, known as 'lanugo'. You may find some remainders of this hair on your baby’s back and shoulders when they are born.

your body:

You're probably feeling a little sleep deprived and ready to lump anyone that recommends you "get some sleep now before the baby arrives". What can be just as frustrating, are the vivid dreams that may have made an unwelcome return. Don’t worry, dreaming you give birth to a rabbit in the middle of the supermarket is not a prediction of future events!

You may start to notice that you are itching quite a bit, especially on your tummy. This is due to the skin stretching as your baby grows. Keep it moisturised and stay hydrated to prevent stretch marks. Itching can also be a sign of something more serious - obstetric cholestasis, so if you find that the itching is unbearable, especially on your hands and feet at night, you must let your midwife know.

Around this stage of the pregnancy, you may also notice some of the less appreciated early symptoms of pregnancy re-emerging, with one of the most notable culprits being heartburn. Be sure to keep some pregnancy-safe heartburn remedies handy in case the day comes where this returns for you. When it does, find ways of cutting down on foods that are likely to cause it, for example fried or fatty foods, as well as fizzy drinks. If it gets bad, it's time to pay your GP a visit.

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.

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your tips & to do's:

Forgetful is, as forgetful does. Mind fog is normal during pregnancy, especially so in the third trimester, no matter how organized you once were. This mental nonsense will improve after the birth of your baby. And in the meantime, try to find the humor in your forgetfulness. You should also consider keeping a notepad on-hand or adopt the use of a note-taking app on your cellphone. For the most important of your to-dos, set an alarm on your cellphone.

Also, it's time to come to terms regarding if you'll use pain medication during labor and delivery. Many moms opt for a natural childbirth - natural meaning without the use of any pain medication - and many moms opt for an epidural at the hospital. If you are interested in learning more about the various methods moms use to deliver naturally, research the Alexander Technique, the Bradley Method, Lamaze, waterbirth, and Hypnobirthing. If you are leaning towards hospital medications, such as a local anesthesia or another common medication used to reduce anxiety and ease or lessen the pain of contractions, you should include this in your birth plan.

Have you selected a car seat for your little one? The most common choice for the first car seat is the infant bucket seat. These seats are often sold as part of a traveling system, with a matching stroller. They are widely available and can range in price from around $70 to $300 (price is influenced by color choices, added features, and brand names). Infant bucket seats are rear-facing only, and have a weight limit of 22 to 30 lbs.

Alternatively, you can opt for a convertible car seat. These operate in rear-facing mode until the baby passes its height and weight limits, and then converts to a forward-facing seat. Using a convertible seat from the beginning means only purchasing one car seat, but it also means sacrificing the convenience of being able to move a sleeping baby from car, to stroller, to house, without disturbing your little one's slumber. You also may face difficulties with a convertible seat if you have a preemie, or low-birth weight baby.

Regardless, all car seats are required to meet minimum safety standards; so, no matter which type of seat you choose, it is a great idea to get your car seat and its installation checked by a certified car seat safety tech. Your hospital or local fire department should offer safety checks. To find an inspection location in your area, visit seatcheck.org.

And don't forget to write in your pregnancy journal!

your symptoms

Below is a list of pregnancy symptoms commonly experienced during week 30.

  • Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
  • Stretch marks and/or unwanted hair growt
  • Sweating
  • Heartburn
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
  • Bleeding and/or swollen gums
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Crazy dreams
  • Fetal activity

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