By the thirtieth week, you might have noted that the baby has already taken to a regular sleep-wake pattern. Once you get the cycle, it will be easy to communicate with the baby and know about his/her health. It is also important to follow these movements so that you can notify the doctor in case the movement slows or stops.
By the thirtieth week, the baby has grown a lot and now weighs about 3 pounds and 15.7 inches long. If the baby was to be born prematurely in this week, chances of survival would be 96%. Note that most of the organs are developed and keep maturing in the coming weeks.
The nose bridge continues developing and is now apparent compared to the previous weeks. The nose tip still looks inverted and will become proportional as the face continues to lengthen. In the coming weeks, the nose tip will tilt sharply downwards so that the baby can finally get an appealing face.
In the brain, the nerve cells keep developing and nearing maturity. The neurons start dividing into 6 main areas that control various functions including memory, motion, vision, thought, and movement coordination. While these are advanced controls, they start working even before the baby is born.
By the thirtieth week, you are only about 10 weeks to the end of the pregnancy! How prepared are you for childbirth? By the close of the week, the uterus is about 4 inches above the navel and bending over is no doubt becoming difficult day by day. Your weight has increased and reached 23 to 24 pounds.
By now, the third trimester signs such as swollen feet, back pain, and Braxton hick contractions are becoming very common. Other symptoms in the week include;
Leaking breasts: This is usually very annoying for some people. From now going forward, the breasts may start leaking pre-milking colostrum that helps you prepare for breastfeeding. If you find the leaking milk too bothersome, make sure to use some nursing pads to protect the clothes.
Sleeping difficulty: From the 30th week, sleeping difficulties will become part of the norm until the baby is born. The growing baby bump makes it difficult to get the right position. Indeed, even when it looks like you have gotten a good position, urination will keep waking you up. Besides, dreams such as you holding the baby’s hands, going shopping, and even holiday becomes even more vivid. To fall asleep, consider trying relaxation techniques, reading novels, or playing some soothing music.
Mood changes: Because of the growing belly, elevated pregnancy hormones, discomfort and occasional pains, you should expect a lot of mood swings throughout the third trimester. For moms who are worried whether they will become good mothers, the moods can become very emotional. Make sure to share all your feelings with your partner to get relief.
The thirtieth week is an ideal time for you to start thinking of or draw a birth plan. In the US, about 12.8% of pregnant mothers deliver prematurely. Of this 12.8%, about 10% of them deliver between the 28th week and 31st weeks. It is, therefore, prudent to ensure that you have a good birth plan.
Note that though you are drawing the plan, it is impossible to control all the contingencies during labor and delivery. Some complications can happen the last minute and alter everything. Among the things that you should consider when preparing a birth plan include;
Once you have put down a birthing plan, discuss it with your preferred doctor. Always remember that while that is your wish, many are the things that the doctor will not follow but be guided by professional practice. For example, there are standard procedures for handling a new born baby that must be adhered to whether you have an alternative view or not. Again, this is just a plan and not a contract! Be free with your doctor to change anything before the due date.