During this time, the baby has only about a pint and a half of amniotic fluid. That amount will continue to lower as his or her body grows and takes up more room. At this point in the pregnancy, there are a lot of changes going on in the baby that are mostly designed to prepare him or her for birth. These changes in both baby and mother are detailed below.
Did you know that a baby is born with 20/400 vision? This means that a baby can only make out objects when they are just inches from his/her face.
Height of the baby: 15.7 inches
Weight of the baby: 3 pounds
What Happens to The Baby?
At this point in the pregnancy, the baby is doing a lot of growing and not much else. The baby’s eyesight is developing, but even after birth, the baby’s eyes will be closed for most of the day. When the baby’s eyes are open, take advantage of it by playing with him or her.
What Happens to The Mother?
The expectant mother might be feeling a bit more off balance these days, but this is perfectly normal during pregnancy. After all, she is carrying around another person in her belly, and that extra weight focused in one location shifts her center of gravity. Pregnancy hormones in her body have also loosened up her ligaments, which can also contribute to her balance issues. At 30th week of pregnancy, mothers are likely to feel a lot more tired especially if sleep has become an issue.
Tips for Expectant Mothers at 30 Weeks of Pregnancy
- Be prepared to experience emotional ups and downs again as your due date looms closer. Pregnancy hormones can combine with the uncomfortable symptoms you are currently experiencing, causing your emotions to run rampant again.
- Worrying about your labor and delivery is natural, and you should not be concerned unless your feelings of depression and anxiety increase* or cannot be relieved. If you think you might be experiencing prenatal depression, see a doctor.
- Prepare for motherhood by reading parenting books or taking parenting classes. These are great opportunities for you to bond with your partner as well, so be sure your partner is included.
- Start looking for a pediatrician early. If you will have a midwife for your labor and delivery, consider asking her for suggestions of pediatricians. If you are not using a midwife, ask your doctor or the hospital staff for suggestions. You might also consider interviewing a few of the suggested pediatricians.
Additional information: What is a Doula?
A doula is a woman trained to help an expecting mother during the labor and delivery process. Some doulas also provide help to the family after the baby is born. It should be mentioned that doula are usually not medically trained and are otherwise considered as labor coaches. Doulas help the expecting mother and her partner or family in many different ways. She might provide physical help and even emotional support*. Although a doula usually does not have any medical training, she is certainly trained in providing physical and emotional support* to the mother. The main duty of a doula is to make certain that the expecting mother is safe and having a memorable birthing experience. If you are considering hiring a doula, you should start looking now.
The common doula-client relationship should begin several months before the baby is due, and now is the perfect time to start looking. A doula will usually make herself available at any time to the expecting mother for questions or expressing concerns, and definitely takes an active role in the creation of the birth plan.