Week 30 Of Your Baby’s Development!
Your baby is the size of a large cabbage
Baby’s development is almost nearly complete now and she has an excellent chance of survival if born prematurely.
Weighing about 3 pounds now and about 16 inches in length she is getting larger (now similar to the size of a cabbage). She may not grow anymore lengthwise, but weight-wise, she still has a good way to go.
Baby’s brain is developing fast now, developing ridges and grooves. Her digestion system is almost fully in place and her eyes can actually track light, meaning that you can ‘play’ with baby by moving a lit flashlight over your belly and seeing if she reacts. Her lungs are almost fully functional too which is good news if on the off chance she is born a bit early, because she can probably breathe fine on her own with just a little assistance from the doctors.
Remember that fine, fuzzy hair growth (lanugo) that started covering baby’s skin many weeks ago to help keep her warm? Well, it’s now starting to shed away, leaving smooth skin behind.
Week 30 Of Being Prepared!
Even the most casual mom-to-be needs some essential baby items organised before baby arrives, and this includes a car seat or infant capsule/carrier to transport them home from the hospital.
If you’re looking for something to easily add extra comfort and warmth to your baby carrier, or an inexpensive gift idea suggestion for your upcoming baby shower, take a look at the Cozy Cover Premium Infant Car Seat Carrier, a best seller amongst moms for over 25 years. Available in 4 colors.
Week 30 Of Your Health, Mind & Body Changes
Your baby is putting on the pounds that will make him chubby and cute but since you are carrying all of this weight for now, you are going to be feeling it quite a bit. On the bright side, you know that you can soon hold and cuddle your little bub in your arms and that’s a great visual to hold on to!
Stretch marks and itchy skin may be making it difficult for you to keep your hands away from your skin but all you may need is a good, natural, pregnancy safe moisturizer or body oil to help relieve this. You can slather it on as much as you like.
Try this: make the most of your quiet time now and relieve itchy skin at the same time by taking a warm bath, with some pregnancy safe skin oil dispersed in the water. Your skin will be super soft afterwards and you’ll be super relaxed.
Physical activity might begin to become less desirable as the weight of the uterus on your diaphragm may cause breathlessness, however some women find they get a bit of relief when baby moves lower down and ‘engages’ closer to delivery.
Week 30 Of Your Next Steps!
- It goes without saying to get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and drink lots of water (yes, even though the frequent peeing is annoying!).
- Keep active as per your physician’s orders and for as long as you feel able – its important to listen to your body. If you can, avoid standing or sitting continuously for too long.
- If you haven’t started your childbirth classes yet, you’ve still got time so that what you learn is fresh in your mind. Pain relief options and questions around vaginal tearing, episiotomies and caesareans are all at the top of the most common questions list when it comes to birth. Asking as many questions either at your birthing class or to your midwife or obstetrician, can really help alleviate any worries or concerns you may have.
- Remember to get enough time to pamper yourself right now because once baby arrives, you are going to be booked solid!
” I may have treated myself to a pregnancy massage (or two). It was so worth it. Because trust me, the mom guilts stop you from doing anything like this after baby is born. ” Ashley