Pregnancy week 30: Your week by week pregnancy guide
Your baby's growth will slow down soon, but for now, it's his brain that's rapidly growing. As for you, mum, heartburn may be plaguing you. Find out what you can do to prevent it.
At pregnancy week 30, your baby’s lungs and digestive tract are nearly mature. As for your own health, continue to rest and take it easy as you travel through your last trimester.
How Big is Your Baby?
Your baby is as big as a big pomelo, measuring 27 cm and weighing 1.36 kg. Your little one might be growing at a slower pace, but he or she will surely continue to gain more weight in the coming weeks.
Your Baby’s Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you’ll learn that:
- Your baby’s brain and new fat cells regulate his body temperature.
- His/her lanugo (the soft, downy hair covering your baby’s body) is beginning to disappear.
- His/her bone marrow has taken over the production of red blood cells at your pregnancy week 30.
- The surface of your baby’s brain, which was smooth until now, will start developing those characteristic grooves and indentations.
- His/her lungs and digestive tract are nearly mature at pregnancy week 30.
- The mood swings and morning sickness you experienced in the beginning of the pregnancy may return now, thanks to the combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes.
- Heartburn can become a real pain. It can affect you at any time of day but can be particularly uncomfortable at night.
- Because of the hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax. Your joints are looser which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off.
- This relaxation of your ligaments can cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in new shoes in a bigger size.
- Continue practising good posture to help you gain control over your lower back pains.
- Continue to rest and take it easy as you travel through your last trimester. This will help with all pregnancy symptoms, pains, and hormonal imbalances.
- To help combat heartburn during pregnancy:
- Sit upright while eating and for a couple of hours afterwards.
- Eat at least two hours before bedtime so that your body has time to digest the food.
- Prop yourself up against a pillow while sleeping and avoid lying down flat on the bed.
- Thinking of an herbal bath during confinement? Head to Chinese medical halls or use this easy recipe.
- Visit your doctor for regular check-ups, ultrasounds, and blood tests.
Your next week: 31 weeks pregnant
Your previous week: 29 weeks pregnant
Do you have questions on this week by week pregnancy guide? What are your current concerns, mums? Leave us a comment below!