Week 30

Wow. Week 30… It seems like this pregnancy has dragged on and on.

According to BirthWatch,

  • The common components of emotional support in labor are: Compassion, responsiveness to emotional needs, maintaining a positive attitude, providing comfort through touch, and the ability to change to fit the laboring woman’s emotional needs. It’s time to think about who you will bring with you in labor for emotional support and who can provide these components of emotional care.
  • You may notice more Braxton-Hicks contractions now. These painless tightenings of the uterine muscle help the muscle grow and strengthen for the work of labor.
  • Exercise is still an important activity. If you’re tired, switch to lighter exercise like walking, stretching and swimming.
  • Getting at least 1000 mg of calcium is especially important now that baby’s bones are hardening. In order for your own bones to stay strong, make sure you’re eating enough calcium-rich foods and getting enough vitamin D. See the March of Dimes website for calcium-rich food recommendations.
  • Try strengthening your pelvic floor by doing Kegel exercises while washing your hands after using the bathroom. See the March of Dimes website to find out how to do pelvic floor strengthening exercises.
  • Have you thought about who you’ll bring with you in labor to help you out? Continuous support by people who care about you can actually shorten the length of your labor and prevent complication.
  • Saying daily affirmations during your pregnancy can help boost mental health and relax anxieties over labor and birth. “On the day I give birth, I will be joined in my work by many other women around the world”.

 And according to BabyGaga,

The light is visible at the end of the tunnel! Your oversized self and amazing growing baby have finally reached the single digits (in terms of weeks till birth)! The fine lanugo hair that has been growing all over their little monkey-like body is going to start falling off this week in preparation for the big day. But don’t be shocked if they’re hairier than you’d anticipated, some babies keep their lanugo until after birth. Still, it’s not any cause to be concerned as it will fall off eventually. No surprises here: your little porker is getting even cuter with increasingly pudgy arms and legs this week thanks to the ever-growing layers of subcutaneous fat. In terms of numbers, your baby should be weighing in at around 3 pounds 12 ounces (or more!) and be nearly 16 inches long.

And how’s mom doing?
On a very serious note: you should make sure to determine both you and your baby’s blood type. It’s extremely important for everyone. In the case that you and your maturing babe’s blood types don’t match there’s a chance you could produce antibodies that could potentially attack and harm a future the drama you’re feeling is largely a result of increased adrenaline thanks indirectly to hormonal swings—not because things really are that dramatic and merit adult temper tantrums fetus. It is rare, but with modern medicine, the problem is easily corrected and little cause for concern if dealt with properly.

As for the ongoing joys of being in your third trimester: your not-so-fun symptoms are just intensifying this week, so it might not hurt to slow down a bit and focus on yourself. If you’re feeling extra fatigued, you’ve probably joined the sleeping shouldn’t be this tough when I’m this tired club, especially if you’re experiencing a lot of back pain and general discomfort. If you’ve been pushing the exercise thing, then this is the time perhaps to cut down on the physical activities and focus more on getting proper sleep (if this means buying a pregnancy pillow, then do it!). Oh and all that moodiness? Just go with the flow emotionally. This doesn’t mean letting the hormones win and becoming a complete psychotic. Instead, feel the feelings, but know that the drama you’re feeling is largely a result of increased adrenaline thanks indirectly to hormonal swings—not because things really are that dramatic and merit adult temper tantrums. The clincher symptom for this week: it’s highly likely your libido has gone on sabbatical. This, as far as we’re concerned, is perfectly natural in your condition.