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Week 30

At 30th week, you are just 10 weeks away from delivering the beautiful child. You will face some difficulties and challenges during this week which you should be prepared for making your pregnancy easier and comfortable. You’ll definitely encounter some mixed feelings during this stage as you are getting closer to the due date.

The size of the baby 
The size of the baby at 30th week resembles the head of the cabbage.

Weight/height of the baby
The weight of the baby is around 1.36 kgs or 3 pounds. The height of the baby at 30th week is around 38cms or 15 inches. As the size and weight of the baby increases, the amniotic fluid will reduce in its volume.

About your baby
The size of the baby is increased at this stage and the baby gets stronger at the 30th week. As the due date is closer, the baby starts attaining head-down position for the delivery. The eyes of the baby start distinguishing different objects that surround her or him. The eyes of the baby can now differentiate between dark and light. When the babies are born, they focus on specific objects placed in front of them but most of the time they prefer to stay with closed eyes at all times. The baby has now developed all the essential organs. The baby will now gain a half pound every week in order to offer protection to the body systems. The movements of the baby will now reduce as it has a smaller room. The hearing senses are further improved during this week. The facial lines of the baby are more developed at this stage.

About your body
Your body feels extremely exhausted at the 30th week as you are just a few weeks away from the due date. Try sleeping in a comfortable position to get enough rest. You will feel clumsy at this stage as the uterus moves upwards towards the abdominal cavity creating enough room for the growing baby. You feel as if you are losing balance due to the increased size of the belly.

The expected symptoms during the 30th week of pregnancy include: Sleeping difficulties, Back pain, muscle cramps, mood swings leading to depression and anxiety.

Do & Don’ts 
• Start consuming starchy foods which include cereals and potatoes. Lean meats and vegetables can also be included in the diet which helps in reducing diarrhea during pregnancy.
• Stay active during the entire pregnancy and perform activities like walking, swimming or dancing in order to shorten the labor time.
• Consume minerals and vitamins regularly within the right dosage.

Checklists 
• Prepare a birthing plan that who do you want in the labor room and which type of anesthesia do you want to utilize for delivery of the baby.
• Learn the relaxation technique regarding the breathing patterns that allow you to stay calm and relaxed at the time of labor.
• Prepare the nursery room.
• Purchase a car seat for your baby to assure that the baby stays safe and sound during traveling.

At this stage, you need to know the difference between false and real contractions as you are closer to the due date.

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