30 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you are 30 weeks, you really are on the home stretch and baby will be here before you know it! If you are planning on returning to work after maternity leave, start investigating your childcare options in plenty of time.
Your baby is really filling out now and the previously wrinkled skin is becoming smoother. You may find that he or she moves less vigorously from now on, because there’s less space in your womb.
If you have noticed jerky, almost spasmodic movements, don’t be alarmed – your baby might have the hiccups from gulping amniotic fluid. It’s normal to worry about your baby’s movements, but if you feel the baby isn’t moving much, try taking a cold drink of water or eating something sweet. If you are still concerned about fewer movements, get in touch with your midwife or doctor straight away.
You’ve got a million things to think about and prepare for before your baby arrives, from cots and buggies to nappies and vests – but have you thought about your birth preferences? Birth preferences can help you have the best possible birth and, while it is not a contract or guarantee that everything will happen perfectly, eumom pregnancy & birth expert Tracy Donegan finds them a flexible communication tool.
Pregnancy weight gain
You can expect your weight gain to increase around 1lb per week at this time, approximately 10-12lb (4-5kg) in total between now and the end of your pregnancy. This is entirely normal, as you support your baby’s rapid growth. Not all women are delighted at this, but it’s necessary and eating healthily during your pregnancy is the key to avoiding excessive gains.
If you find yourself hungry, try healthy snacks like dried fruit, hummous and crackers, or small pieces of cheese, to keep your energy levels up.