The anxiety towards labor may begin to crawl through your mind now at pregnancy week 30. You may also experience intermittent Braxton Hicks which signs that your body is preparing for the upcoming D-day. At this time, you shouldnt get more than four contractions in an hour. If at all it happens, contact your OB for you may be going into labor prematurely.
Last Updated: 22 October 2020
What’s happening to your baby?
Your baby at 30 weeks now is as big as a huge cabbage. He is moving inside your belly in all directions he can and trying to explore his newly-developed sensation of touch. His brain has been expanding and continues to expand further.
Have you ever wondered how a little brain can accommodate an enormously increasing growth? If you remember seeing an image of a brain, it has extensive grooves and ridges, making numerous convolutions all over. The outer surface of your little one’s brain has started to make convolutions now, helping the process of adding many more nerve cells to the brain. And these are what going to bear all your baby’s essential life systems, thinking, creativity and imagination.
A few babies, by now might turn over with their heads downward into the pelvic inlet, towards the cervix, a process called as fetal engagement. However, most babies are known to get engaged two weeks before birth. Well, it’s so much up to your baby of what he wants to do.
One of the important developments this week is that your baby’s bone marrow is starting to take up the job of producing red blood cells. All along in the second trimester, his liver was the primary source of red blood cells but now bone marrow is fully into its functioning form of red blood cells production.
What’s happening to your body? Are you feeling breathless?
Hold on, you are carrying something close to a watermelon now and it can add stress to your regular breathing. The enormous space your baby occupies is exerting pressure on your diaphragm, the elastic muscle just below your lungs. You may feel you are taking in deep breaths. This is also due to the action of the pregnancy hormone, progesterone. As a matter of fact, some women during the third trimester can have enlarged nose because of intense breathing. By all means, deep breathing can be helpful in reaching more oxygen to your baby. If it becomes stressful, try to maintain a position which expands your chest. If you experience sudden and rapid breathlessness, call your OB immediately.
Are your boobs leaking?
If you are a first-time mom, leaky boobs can be uncomfortable. It doesn’t happen to many until the baby arrives. However, some pregnant moms can experience breast milk dripping down their nipples even during pregnancy. It isn’t uncommon and not a thing to worry. The hormone, Prolactin, is doing its job; that is it! This hormone can also make you doze off often. If you have the privilege, don’t miss to take those sweet naps now. Perhaps, if you are at work and leaking breasts bother, use breast pads.
Struggling for a comfortable position to sleep?
You may be tossing and turning around when you hit bed. Apart from leg pain and frequent urination, the weight of your uterus may make you unsure of how to rest yourself. While you may want to sleep on your back at least for a while, it is not recommended as it may cause a pressure on the blood vessels to your womb. Lying on your side, more specifically to your left, is the best position for this phase of your pregnancy. You can take help of a support for your back or place pillows between your legs.
Tips and advice for Pregnancy Week 30 Signs of Premature Labor
Your body and mind are now slowly progressing towards birth. You may have begun to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. You may be dreaming (or perhaps worrying) about labor pain or the birthing process. While all of it is natural, you must also be aware of premature labor signs. A labor which happens anytime before 37 weeks is considered premature labor.
Watch out for the following signs and contact your doctor immediately if you should get one:
ü If you experience water discharge through your vagina, it could be the amniotic fluid leaking from a broken sac. Some women may initially assume its urine leakage. The way to differentiate is when your water breaks, it flows down without the control of your vaginal muscles (like what happens when you pee). Also, it wouldn’t smell urine.
ü If you experience contractions (even painless) once in ten minutes or closer, you might be getting in to premature labor.
ü If there occurs a sudden pressure on your abdomen which doesn’t seem to recede even after taking rest for a while or drinking water, it can alarm labor.