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Pregnancy Week 30

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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby's eyes can now move from side to side, and will follow light, and might even try to respond by touch to a light source. Toenails are growing. The fuzzy hair covering the body, the lanugo, is beginning to disappear as the brain and the layer of fat that's being put on now help control baby's body temperature. The bone marrow has taken over the production of the red blood cells. The bones are fully formed but still soft and flexible, but baby is beginning to build up stores of calcium and iron, making it more important that you continue to eat a healthy diet.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 30

Remember those crazy mood swings of the early weeks of pregnancy? Most likely, those mood swings are back now. This is due to the hormones and physical changes occurring in your body, but also the very real concerns about the future, the life changes and stresses that accompany a pregnancy as the due date comes into focus more each day. To compensate, make sure you are eating and sleeping well, that you try to learn relaxation techniques, have some fun, and especially have good communication with your partner. Be on the lookout for more serious symptoms that might indicate depression. Those include things such as changes in eating and sleeping patterns, lack of focus or interest in things, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, persistent sadness and extreme fatigue. If these symptoms are showing up more and not going away, you need to seek professional help. Discuss it with your doctor. Depression, real depression, does not simply go away on its own. It's an illness requiring treatment.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Your doctor will be watching out for symptoms of pre-eclampsia now in your pregnancy. Things to watch, blood pressure rising, protein in your urine, reporting headaches or floaters in your field of vision, perhaps dizziness, also swelling and a general unwell feeling. Pre-eclampsia may only cause mild gains in blood pressure, so vigilance is required since it can be fatal to both mom and baby. Other symptoms might include other visual disturbances, decreased urine output, upper abdominal pain, nausea and or vomiting, and swelling particularly of hands and face. Sometimes pre-eclampsia comes up gradually, but other times it can be sudden. If you are experiencing these symptoms, go to your doctor without delay as it can be very serious if left untreated. The treatment for pre-eclampsia at this stage of pregnancy will be to give birth. Risk factors include being older, first pregnancies, history of it, gestational diabetes or other complications in the pregnancy and history of high blood pressure.

Preparing for Baby

If you have decided that you want to breastfeed your baby, you might want to find a lactation consultant. Talk to your doctor for recommendations. You might find one that works through your hospital, or one that is a peer counselor through La Leche, or one that has special certifications. Breastfeeding is a natural activity, but that doesn't mean it comes naturally to all babies and mothers. Many new moms need help and support, especially if a special issue comes up while nursing. A lactation consultant can help you through the normal ups and downs, as well as give you information for any special nursing situation you encounter. Plus just having a special support person can make all the difference particularly in those first few weeks of nursing when everything is new.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Your breasts have probably become strangers to you at this point. They've changed in more ways than you imagined, and they are not done yet. However, having a properly fitted bra is extremely important. If you are going to breastfeed, you may want to start shopping for a good nursing bra now. Do internet searches, talk to members of the local La Leche group and other moms for their recommendations. Try on the bra and make sure it is supportive, easy to deal with and adjust (your shape will continue to shift), and comfortable. You'll want at least two but preferably three bras. You might want one to sleep in that's extra comfy but still supportive.

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April T Sep 29, 2014 09:11:05 AM ET

I'm 30 weeks pregnant, and my mood swings suck. this is my third child, and i'm annoyed with this pregnancy. the mood swings are bad, but later i will be fine. hugs

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kel Jun 22, 2014 06:06:30 PM ET

I'm 30 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child, i'm having a lot of pains in my back and a couple contraction pains. but, my belly gone really soft and low i feel fat more then pregnant and baby movement has decreased. i'm scared if i go into labor now baby might be poorly or not live. i feel like i'm wasting docs time if i go hospital.

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angel mother of 3almost 4 Oct 7, 2013 01:45:51 PM ET

I'm 30 weeks 3 days i feel tired and sick all the time i was in the hospital for a week recently because of kidney problems now i'm fine and not in pain anymore i'm having a baby boy already have 2 girls and one boy. i enjoy his kicks and hiccups i just hate the vomiting and feeling sick all the time this week i can't keep anything down ugh it makes me feel weak because of all the vomiting. cant wait till this is over. due date is dec 13

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Tay Sep 8, 2013 02:20:48 PM ET

I am nearly 30 weeks, feel drained, but really excited to meet my baby son soon, cant wait!

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!!!! Sep 5, 2013 06:58:57 PM ET

I'm 30 weeks today, i'm pregnant with a very lively boy! the baby happened through an assault, i'm stuck between keeping him and giving him to a loving family. everyday i wake up and wonder what am i going to do, and i always come up with a blank answer. it's so hard when you fell in love with someone you haven't met and the day you meet you have to decide whether to let go or hold on. i do enjoy his squirming, moving, punching the inside of my belly, the stretches and those weird hiccups! no one else i know reads these so i wanted to say what i wanted to say. it sure feels lonely going through what i'm going through. :(

Charlie Oct 8, 2013 03:43:23 PM ET

Praying for your decision

Courtney Oct 28, 2013 09:17:07 AM ET

Praying for you. once you hold that baby in your arms it's a different story. be strong.

Guest Nov 12, 2013 04:56:41 PM ET

It seems like your heart might have already made your decision. trust your instincts not just your common sence. praying for you right now.

Guest Jun 8, 2014 09:34:32 PM ET

My daughter was conceived the same way. she'll be 7 in july. i instantly fell in love with her the moment i saw her and held her the first time. she's going to be a big sister in aug and she is so excited. i hope you can make the right decision for you and your baby. god bless you.

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maryam Aug 22, 2013 11:38:25 AM ET

Am 30wks gone d last tym the midwife say my stomach is to small, but am okey since my little angel kicks, this my first hoping and praying to god for a safe delivery. though nervous i must confess

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forever1990young Aug 6, 2013 01:33:44 PM ET

30 weeks pregnant today and i still have 8 more lbs to gain before i even get back to my pre pregnancy weight. i initially lost 16 lbs. and have only gained 8 back in the last 2.5 months

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denise a Aug 4, 2013 07:50:22 PM ET

I'm 30 weeks pregrant and i'm gaining weight like there is no tomorrow and this is my second baby and its a boy. hopefully these ten weeks pass by quick .

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denise Jul 13, 2013 03:19:48 AM ET

30 weeks pregnant today i've gained. ...read carefully. .3 lbs obgyn said i was fine though that i shouldn't gain as much in the begging but i'm worried still

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momo_coco Jun 30, 2013 11:04:55 PM ET

I'm 30 weeks exactly today and i feel awesome. my ob/gyn suggests working out for 1 hour daily so for the past 3 months i've been trying to but it is hard. i'm only successful for three-four days of working out per week. i've only gained 19 pounds and i stick to a pretty decent diet; high protein, iron, and fiber. i don't work and that is stressing me out! i hate not being occupied but as i get bigger i know it's for the best. baby boy is highly active and i've heard nothing bad from the doc, just to watch my weight. hubby and i are very excited for the arrival of our first child. :)

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