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Week 30 serves as the 2nd week of the 3rd trimester. Only 10 more weeks to go before the journey is finally over. Many of the pregnancy symptoms she felt in her early weeks will come back such as frequent urination, tender breasts, heartburns, and over – fatigue.
The mother in week 30
By week 30, an expectant mother will be having a hard time to find a comfortable sleeping position. On the contrary, her dreams get more vivid whenever she actually sleeps. Add to that, here are the symptoms which can be experience by this week:
Week 30 symptoms
Pregnancy – induced heartburns
Pregnancy – induced heartburns is when the esophageal valve failed to block the gastric juices from seeping back up the throat.
Add to that, the expansion of the uterus which puts some pressure on a mother’s stomach also triggers the symptom.Pregnancy week by week
Shortness of breath
An expectant mom experiences shortness of breath because the growing baby presses the diaphragm.
Dry and itchy skin
The skin tends to become dry and itchy due to the rapid and extreme stretch during pregnancy.
Increased fetal movements
The unborn baby’s activity level increases during the 3rd trimester since her bones and fat deposits are fully formed. A soon – to – be mom can expect fetal movement every day.
Colon congestion (commonly known as constipation) during pregnancy is caused by progesterone. This hormone relaxes the gastrointestinal muscles which causes the digestive movement to slow down.
On the bright side, the nutrients have more time to be absorbed in the bloodstream which allows more of it to reach the baby.
Edema (swollen feet, ankles, and hands)
Did you know that about 76% of pregnant women suffer from edema? This symptom usually begins around week 22 – 27 and will likely last until the baby is born. Furthermore, edema stems from the following causes:
- Increased fluid volume to nurture both the mother and the baby’s needs
- Accumulates the tissues which increases blood flow
- Pressure of the growing uterus on the pelvic veins and vena cava (major vein on the right side of the body that returns blood from the lower limbs to the heart)
Over – fatigue
An expectant mother feels over – fatigue since her body is working hard to nurture the fetal development. Add to that, the heavy weight of her burgeoning belly makes her feel tired easily.
Braxton Hicks contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are the tight feeling around the belly due to uterine muscle tension.
Fetal development in week 30
Maturation takes place at this stage since the baby – in – waiting is almost fully developed. Having said that, here are the fetal developments at week 30:
- The baby – in – waiting stretches for about 15.2 – 16.7 inches and he tips the scales roughly at 2.5 – 3.8 pounds (he will be adding weight at a rate of ½ pound each week for the next 7 weeks). His head and body are already in proportion. The size and physique he will actually look like once he is born. In line with this, all that weight will give him a hard time to move due to having less space inside the womb. A mother – to – be is expected to notice the slowdown on his movements. If she is not feeling any occasional jabs or kicks, she must consult a health care provider to check if the baby is still alive.
- The surface of the unborn baby’s brain begins to get wrinkled. Those wrinkles are called convolutions which are the formation of brain tissues that hold the brain cells. This serves as a necessary change for his intellectual development.
- Now that his new brain and fat cells are regulating his body temperature, the lanugo (soft and fuzzy hair which covers his entire body) is beginning to shed. However in some cases, especially for premature babies, few leftover strands of lanugo may still be seen on his back and shoulders at the time of child delivery.
- At week 30, his bone marrow begins to produce red blood cells (RBCs)
- The unborn baby’s hands and feet are now fully formed. By the same token, he is already strong enough by week 30 to grasp a finger.
- His fingernails begin to form and take shape on his nail beds.
Pregnancy tips for week 30
Now that the soon – to – be mother has entered the 3rd trimester, there is only few weeks left to maintain a healthy pregnancy and the baby finally arrives.
Things to do during the 30th week of pregnancy
Cord blood banking
A cord blood is the remains of the umbilical cord and placenta. Cord blood banking is a painless procedure which collects blood and stem cells right after the baby is born.
This contains stem cells which cures various blood diseases and immune – system disorders such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Heart disease
- Sickle – cell anemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Gaucher’s disease
- Hurler syndrome
- Wiskot – Aldrich symptom
Furthermore, this is how cord blood banking is performed:
- Blood from the umbilical cord is removed and collected right after child delivery
- The cord blood is then banked (stored) for future purposes
- The process lasts for at least 5 minutes
Recommended sexual positions for the 3rd trimester
Being active in sex while pregnant is totally safe and aids in a faster and easier labor. However, a man must refrain from major thrusting to not infect or interrupt the cervix. Here are the recommended sexual positions during the 3rd trimester:
- Spoon – lie on the side in a curled position with the spouse entering from behind her
- Side by side – lie side by side with the spouse facing one another with his leg slipped over hers (her leg straight to the side or bent at the knee). Let him enter from a comfortable angle
- Woman on top – woman sits on top of her spouse and takes in full control of the thrust and pace
- Edge of the bed – lie on the edge of the bed with the feet dangling on the floor. The spouse stands on the floor, holds her legs and enters her
- Rear – entry – commonly known as dog style, a woman supports herself using her arms and knees as the spouse enters from behind
- Oral sex – if a soon – to – be mom feels to uncomfortable with her body to have sex, consider oral sex or mutual masturbation. Just make sure that the spouse blow air into the vagina
Participate in childbirth classes
Participating in childbirth classes is necessary especially for first – time mothers. Childbirth education provides information about pregnancy, child labor, post – partum issues. Furthermore, here are the different types of childbirth classes:
- Lamaze – this is the most popular childbirth method which lasts for at least 12 hours overall. Lamaze teaches natural strategies like rhythmic breathing, hydrotherapy, pre – natal massage. It also provides information about what to expect during and after delivery, possible complications, and the proper way to communicate with the hospital staff, breastfeeding tips, and how to interact with the baby (good for first – time mothers). On the contrary, this class is pro – pain meds
- Bradley – did you know that about 90% of Bradley participants deliver without the use of any medication? This type of class lasts for 12 – weeks and encourages natural childbirth. Bradley technique uplifts self – awareness and trusting the body’s capability of dealing with pain and stress during labor. It also discusses how nutrition and exercise contributes to a healthy delivery
- Alexander – this class aims to restore the original poise and posture of the body which improves balance and coordination. Alexander class also teaches movement techniques to ease muscle cramps and back pain
- Hypnobirthing – this type of childbirth class relies on the power of relaxation. A hypnotherapist (also called as tape) guides the participants of this class.
Sleep and/or lay on the left side
Sleeping and/or lay on the left side of the body aids in the kidney’s function to eliminate waste. Plus, this type of position also prevents edema.
What to avoid in week 30
Wearing high heels
A soon – to – be mom tends to be clumsier due to the loose joints and shifting sense of gravity. Avoid wearing high heels for a while to prevent tripping over.
Vices are dangerous for both the mother and the unborn baby’s well – being. That is why an expectant mom must consider avoiding the following vices such as:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Taking illegal drugs
- Taking sleeping pills
- Drinking beverages with alcohol
Do not eat or drink substance with caffeine content. Caffeine is a form of drug which triggers urination and disrupts the sleeping cycle of both parties. Apart from coffee, here are the following food and drinks which consist of caffeine:
- Energy drinks
- Soft drinks
- Some teas
- Low calorie colas with aspartame and/or saccharine
Record fetal kick counts
An expectant mother must record his fetal kick counts for 2 hours a day starting at week 30. Within that period, he should move for at least 10 times or more. This type of record evaluates the fetus’ well – being.
If a mother has charted 10 movements, this only means that he is safe from stillbirth. If not, do not panic, repeat this activity for another 2 hours. If a mother still cannot feel her baby’s movements, contact the doctor.
A doctor might consult the expectant mother to undergo evaluation or have an ultrasound examination to check the baby’s current condition and position.
Take note that she must only keep track of his fetal during his “awake” period. Recording the fetal kick counts refer to the following:
Even if a soon – to – be mom does not have any concerns about her baby’s health and development, kick counts enables a mom to figure out her unborn baby’s sleep and wake patterns. Most likely, this will also be his schedule after he is born.
Digestive discomfort foods
Do not eat digestive discomfort food to prevent the occurrence of pregnancy – induced heartburns. Here are the following digestive discomfort foods that an expectant mother must avoid:
- Spicy foods
- Fatty or greasy foods
- Fried foods
Long periods of standing and/or sitting
Avoid long periods of standing and/or sitting while pregnant to prevent edema.