Welcome to Week 30 (The Seventh Month)
What Is Happening With Baby This Week:
Your little one has not changed in length all that much since week 29 but is still putting on weight and weighs in at around 3 pounds or 1.4 kilos.
Baby is moving around in just over a pint of amniotic fluid, but as space becomes more cramped with Baby’s growth, the amniotic fluid will begin to decrease.
Although there is less room for him to move around, you’ll probably feel some strong jabs, pushes, and squirms as his strength improves.
He now has enough muscle to grasp a finger.
See how this 30 week fetus is moving and exploring his body with his fingers. His eyesight is also improving even though it has a long way to go.
When your baby is born, he will have 20/400 vision which is a far cry from the typical 20/20 adult vision so his vision is blurred.
Although this fetus has his eyes open he cannot see very much.
It’s All A Blur
Your baby continues to put on fat and is becoming plumper and less wrinkled. Much of the lanugo — the soft, downy hair covering your baby’s body — is beginning to disappear now because both fat and the brain are now regulating your baby’s body temperature.
You may notice a few leftover strands of lanugo on your newborn’s back and shoulders after birth.
Another big change at 30 weeks is that your baby’s bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells.
Prior to this, tissue groups and the spleen took care of producing the blood cells.
This is an important step for your baby, because it means he or she is better able to thrive on his or her own once born and with a lot of love from Mom of course.
Perhaps the most important development at this stage is Baby’s brain. There are as many neural circuits in your baby’s brain now as there will be when he is born.
The brain up until now has been smooth, but is now taking on the more characteristic appearance with folds and grooves to provide room for future expansion as she prepares for life outside the womb.
To help facilitate as much brain development as possible try consuming healthy fats such as these three fatty acids…Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA),
Ei co sa penta e noic acid (EPA), Doco sa hexa enoic acid (DHA).
DHA is important for the health of mom and baby.
DHA is the most common omega-3 in the brain and eyes. It helps to support a baby’s brain and eye development and function.
You should get at least 200 milligrams of DHA every day. Many women already take a prenatal vitamin that includes DHA.
For dietary sources here are a few suggestions.
DHA and EPA omega-3s can be found in fatty fish, algae oil, fish oil and certain fortified foods such as milk, juice, bread and yogurt.
Pregnant moms need to be careful about the kinds of fish they eat.
Some fish are high in mercury, which can harm an unborn baby.
Other fish are safe when eaten in recommended amounts.
ALA, another important fatty acid can be found in walnuts and vegetable oils like canola, soybean and olive oil.
Expecting moms can safely eat up to a total of 12 ounces per week of salmon, herring, sardines or fresh-water trout.
These wild fish are good sources of DHA (and EPA) and can help pregnant women get enough of what they need. We suggest you limit tuna to a serving or two a week.
Because we know little about the effect of flaxseed and flaxseed oil on an unborn fetus during pregnancy in humans,
we suggest that you avoid flaxseed during pregnancy altogether.
Animal studies have shown that flaxseed can have possible harmful effects. Flax may cause hormonal effects and could be harmful to pregnancy.
If you are considering a prenatal vitamin please contact your health-care provider before hand to ensure you are indeed making the right choice for you.
What’s Happening With You This Week:
Center of Gravity
Are you feeling a bit clumsier these days? You have your ever-expanding abdomen to thank for that.
Be cautious with your movements, and refrain from any activity that may require balance.
As your uterus and baby increase in size, the added weight around your belly causes your center of gravity to shift.
Also during this time many women notice that their navel or belly button protrudes and can even be noticeable outside of clothing.
The enlarging uterus and abdominal pressure, and the added weight gain causes this and should recede after birth.
On top of the clumsiness (as well as the various multiple symptoms that have persisted from day one), you are probably feeling like you are in the first trimester all over again plagued by fatigue, physical discomfort, and mood swings.
If you feel extreme tiredness try go to bed early with a good book. Even if you are not asleep you’ll still be relaxing which is important at this stage .
A warm milky drink at bedtime will help you sleep because warming milk releasing tryptophan a naturally occurring amino acid that makes you sleepy.
More Mood Swings:
Try not to let the mood swings get you down, but if you begin to feel completely unmotivated or unusually sad, tell your practitioner.
Approximately ten percent of women struggle with some form of depression during pregnancy and there are people out there that can help.
Apprehension is practically unavoidable for those expecting. There are the obvious reasons—upcoming birth, trying to get everything prepared, fear of the unknown—, and then there are day-to-day events that may add to the anxiety meter such as unwanted comments.
Now that you are looking more pregnant, people may feel the need to mention your physical appearance or offer advice.
Try to remind yourself that they mean well, but don’t be afraid to assert your feelings.
On the other hand, when someone compliments you, use it as a reminder of how truly wonderful pregnancy is.
As all of the anxiety accumulates and mixes with those rampant hormones, the consequence may be some rather unusual—and perhaps scary—dreams. Having strange, vivid dreams—if you are actually able to sleep—is a perfectly normal part of the third trimester.
• To help alleviate some of the anxiety, take a test-drive to the hospital to ensure how much time you will need as well as which route is best for the big day.
• Keep practicing kegel exercises (pelvic floor muscle contractions) to prepare for birth and recovery.
• If you haven’t enrolled into a childbirth class now is the time. These classes are designed to help you prepare for labour and birth.
And lastly I want to add that everything we share with you is meant to help you along the way and it is never our intention to make pregnant women feel they have failed in some way if they do not follow advice to the last letter. Remember this is your personal journey….we are here with information and suggestions only.
Week 30 Basics:
• Shift in your center of gravity
• Symptoms continue to become more and more pronounced
• Mood swings are intensifying
• Anxiety may become stronger as the end approaches
• Unusual dreams might occur
• Get plenty of DHA for baby’s developing brain
• Weighs in at about 3 pounds (1.4 kilos).
• Amniotic fluid will begin to decrease
• Strength and eyesight are improving
• Brain is rapidly developing