What to Expect When You're 30 Weeks Pregnant

Published: 17th July 2008
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Now that you're 30 weeks pregnant, your belly is much bigger than it once was. It may actually be getting in your way when you want to sit down or look at the floor. The extra size may also make it more difficult for you to get up from the sofa and you may find that you have to wiggle your way to the edge before you can stand up. Along with your belly getting bigger, at this stage of your pregnancy, you may get tired more quickly and have to take a nap in the middle of the day. If you are working, you will certainly be going to bed much earlier than you once did.

At this stage of your pregnancy, you have to be careful when standing on a stool or stepladder. In fact it is advisable not to engage in any activity that would require you to do this. This is because as your body starts to get larger, your sense of balance may be a bit off and it is easier for you to fall or twist your ankle. However, it is a good idea to take walks on a frequent basis to keep your bones strong.

By now, you have likely felt strange tightening sensations in your stomach. These are slight contractions that are just a preamble for what is to come. It is your body's way of getting ready for birth and to prepare you for it as well. The contractions are so mild that you may only notice them when you relax. Since the ligaments are also stretching you may have aching pains down the sides of your stomach. Many young mothers often contact their doctors when this happens because they think there is something wrong with the baby. However, there is nothing to worry about and your doctor will tell you that although it is a bit uncomfortable, there is nothing to worry about.

At 30 weeks the baby weighs about 3 pounds and is about 15 inches long. The features of the face are starting to develop and all the fingers and toes are in place. If you have a 3D ultrasound done around this time, you will see the baby moving about and even smiling. As you see the hands and feet moving about, you will understand where those kicks have been coming from that sometimes make parts of your stomach stick out. In ultrasound pictures at this stage, you may even see the baby sucking its thumb. It is also possible to determine for sure the sex of the baby. If you don't want to know if you're going to have a boy or a girl, the technician can make sure that you don't see that part of the pictures.

Morning sickness has passed by the time you are thirty weeks into your pregnancy. However, it has probably been replaced by an urge to eat. At this time you should be careful of what you eat because it could add weight to your body that will be very hard to get off after the baby is born. Stick to healthy foods and follow the food guide to make sure you are getting the right amounts of nutrients the growing baby needs.

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