30 Weeks Pregnant
30 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 30 weeks pregnant, your baby bump starts to become a conversation starter. You’ll be noticeably pregnant, and your belly will be getting bigger by the day.
On the inside, your baby is getting stronger, leaner, and fitter, as it prepares to enter the outside world for the first time – only 10 weeks from now.
You’ve come a long way, but it’s natural to have questions still. How big is my baby at week 30? What should my 30-weeks-pregnant belly look like? How should I feel? All these questions are answered in this article. Read on for more.
30 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms
The pregnancy symptoms at week 30 could be quite taxing on your body. You will feel them as hard as when you first had experienced the symptoms in the early weeks of pregnancy. The third trimester is tough for mothers-to-be, but there is comfort in the knowledge that you’re nearly at the finish line. Here are the most common signs of pregnancy at week 30.
A very common pregnancy symptom at week 30 is nasal congestion, or rhinitis. The increased blood flow and pregnancy hormones lead to swelling in the mucous membranes, which can make you feel congested and stuffy.
- Mood Swings
At 30 weeks pregnant, your moods could be changing from one moment to the next with no warning at all. Fluctuating hormones, pregnancy-related confusion, insomnia, and weight gain can all contribute to this. If you’re mood swings become too overbearing, seek advice from your doctor.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
If you’re legs start moving against your will, or you have an uncontrollable desire to move them, you’re probably experiencing restless leg syndrome, a strange but fairly common pregnancy symptom at week 30.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / Tingling Hands
In the third trimester, many women experience a tingling sensation in their hands. This is caused by the increased blood flow placing extra stress on the median nerve and can lead to discomfort in the hands.
- Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction
As your baby grows inside your womb, your pelvic muscles relax and weaken. This can lead to pain in the pelvic region and a condition called symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD). Medical practitioners usually recommend doing Kegel exercises to help strengthen these muscles and ease the pain.
Your Body at Week 30
Your body has undergone a multitude of changes since the first week of pregnancy, both on the inside and out. The most noticeable changes at 30 weeks pregnant will be your baby bump and weight gain, which will continue to increase until the day of birth. A healthy weight gain for an average weight woman before pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds. For underweight women and overweight women, a healthy weight gain is 28 to 40 pounds and 15 to 25 pounds, respectively.
Another bodily change, and a common sign of pregnancy at week 30, is increased hair and nail growth. The extra blood volume that accompanies pregnancy means that more nutrients are reaching nails and hair follicles, allowing them to grow at a much faster rate. If you have found yourself cutting your nails more frequently, or having to schedule an extra hair appointment, don’t worry, this is a normal pregnancy symptom.
Having sex at week 30 of pregnancy should not be a problem, as long as there are no current complications and you and your partner keep hygiene levels to a good standard. It is a good idea to finds some comfortable positions, too.
Baby Size at Week 30
The fetus at 30 weeks is the same size as a zucchini. Your baby has made incredible progress considering that it was the same size as an apple in week 15. Now, he or she will weigh in the region of 1.3 to 1.5 kg and will measure between 42 to 44 cm in length.
In the past few weeks, your baby as also experienced some rapid brain development. The surface of the brain has developed convolutions (wrinkles in the brain) in order to store more brain cells. Additionally, more fat cells are appearing throughout the body in order to regulate your baby’s body temperature, and its bone marrow is now producing its own red blood cells.
Week 30 Pregnant Ultrasound
In the third trimester, you will see your obstetrician every other week. A 30-week ultrasound is not normal protocol, but in certain cases, such as abnormalities in the pregnancy being observed, an ultrasound may be scheduled by the medical practitioner.
Your stomach will feel very firm to touch right now, as your uterus continues to expand outwards. You may even feel your baby kicking at times, as it prepares for life outside the womb.
It is quite probably that you will start to feel pregnancy symptoms at week 30. They could even hit you as harshly as during the first semester. Try to get plenty of rest to keep your strength up.
Some of the signs of pregnancy at 30 weeks could leave you feeling nauseated, drowsy and confused. You may also experience back and leg pains due to the extra weight being carried.
Your 30-weeks-old fetus is as big as a zucchini now, so it is bound to have an impact on your appearance. Your stomach will look noticeably pregnant, and most people will be able to tell that you are carrying a baby by now.
Tips for Week 30 of Pregnancy
- Try a Different Sleeping Position
If you usually sleep on your back and are struggling to sleep with the extra weight pressing on your spine and diaphragm, try sleeping on your side. If this doesn’t work use some pillows to prop yourself up slightly. If problems persist, consult your doctor for advice.
- Practice Kegel Exercises
This is particularly important if you are suffering from pain in the pelvic region. Kegel exercises strengthen and stabilise muscles in the pelvic area and can ease any pain you experience as a result of relaxed pelvic muscles.
- Stay Hydrated
Water fuels all bodily processes and it is important at 30 weeks pregnant, just as it is important at all times. If you are forgetting to drink water, try setting an alarm to remind you to have some fluids every hour or so.