30 Weeks Pregnant
This week your baby is the size of a large head of cabbage. Your baby’s brain is getting bigger this week too.
As your baby grows, on average about a half pound per week for the next seven weeks, you will see your belly growing in size as well. Also, your baby’s brain continues to grow and develop at an amazing rate.
30 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby weighs about 3 pounds right now. There is approximately a pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby. Their space inside the womb will shrink the larger they grow.
In addition to brain development, the eyes are developing too. Your baby will keep them closed for long periods of time, even after birth. Vision takes a while to completely mature. At birth, your baby will have 20/400 vision, in contrast to an adults vision which is 20/20. This means your baby will only be able to see things that are right in front of their eyes.
That soft fine hair, lanugo, is beginning to disappear. However, you may see fine hair leftover on your baby when he or she is born.
One more big development at week 30, your baby’s bone marrow is starting to produce reduce blood cells. This is a major accomplishment because it is a necessary step to your baby’s survival.
How You Are Changing
As your baby continues to grow, you might feel a little breathless as your uterus presses in on your diaphragm. Each week you’ll find it harder to tie your shoes or do other things that require bending over.
Since your center of gravity has shifted, you may have moments of clumsiness. This is also do to hormones loosening your joints and ligaments.
Some women change shoe sizes while pregnant and others change sizes permanently. This is due to those ligaments relaxing and combined with the extra weight you are carrying, causes your feet to spread.
You’re probably tired too, especially if you’re having a difficult time sleeping. This may contribute to you experiencing mood swings.
While every pregnancy experience is slightly different for each woman, the steps of labor and delivery are the same. As you approach your due date, it is normal to worry about giving birth. Some of the common fears associated with giving birth are:
- Will I be able to handle the pain?
- Will I have a bowel movement while pushing?
- Will I tear or will I need an episiotomy?
- Will the nurses or other health care professionals try to get me to use unnecessary medical interventions?
- Will I need to have a c-section?
- What if I don’t make it to the hospital in time?
While these worries are normal, talk to your doctor or midwife if you have depression or are frequently anxious.