You are finally in your third trimester and a few weeks away from holding your baby in your arms. The days are fun and exciting, but they also bring a wide range of worries about the baby’s growth and well-being. This week, your baby focuses on weight gain as they prepare for their delivery.
Your mental health might be a little on edge, so seek help if you think you’d need it. There’s nothing wrong with getting some reassurance and professional help.
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What Changes will my Body Undergo?
Your baby bump is way bigger than you expected it to be. And, while you get yourself around, you are all set and ready to meet your baby soon and return to your pre-pregnancy life. However, these last few weeks are crucial for your baby’s health, growth and development, so don’t take this and the coming weeks for granted.
Tiredness and sudden mood swings are very prevalent this week. But, don’t worry if you get irritable for the slightest inconvenience. It is common and part of your pregnancy term.
Your sleep cycles might not be the most regular, so try to sneak in a nap anytime that you need it. Also, sleep in a comfortable position without putting further strain on your back and limbs. You might also find yourself visiting the restroom a lot more than before.
What changes will my baby undergo?
Week 30 is when the baby starts to focus on gaining weight solely. Their vital body organs are all formed and currently maturing.
Another unique trait during this week is the hiccups your baby is experiencing. They involve the rhythmic movement of the respiratory muscles in the baby. Studies suggest that these hiccups are crucial for your baby’s brain development and functioning.
Although still pre-term, your baby can survive outside the womb by this week. After that, however, they’d have to stay in the NICU to support their growth and development after their birth.
What kind of symptoms will I experience?
The symptoms by week 30 are pretty similar to what you have been experiencing in the past few weeks. So, there’s not much change from the common symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble getting quality and sound sleep
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Mood swings
- Back pain
Since pre-term delivery is a possibility from this week, keep an eye on the baby’s movement and any unwarranted symptoms. If something feels out of place, consult your doctor immediately.
What should I prepare for this week?
Week 30 and the third trimester are incredibly rough on the mother’s physical and mental well-being. Besides the self-care tips, ask your partner to support you with reassurance during these weeks.
Here’s what you can do to manage the symptoms:
- Eat a healthy and nutrient-rich diet
- Sleep in comfortable positions throughout the day. Prioritize napping too.
- Go out and get some fresh air and indulge in some activity throughout the day
- Talk to a professional therapist if you need.
- Discuss birthing plans and plan everything with your partner.
- If you are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, restrain from using laptops or digital devices excessively.
- Indulge in some stretching exercises and yoga.
- Spend some quality time with your partner.