Pregnant at 30 weeks, your little one can hear a lot from the outside now and you might notice extra kicks in response to loud noises. Your baby measures around 39cm now, top to toe.
On an ultrasound you might be able to see your baby open its eyes. More light will penetrate inside your tummy as your pregnancy progresses and they will begin to adapt to this. Your baby still won’t be able to feel temperature or pain though, as its nerve cells are still maturing.
As a 30 week pregnant mum-to-be, you may start to notice ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions, where your bump goes hard for a minute or two. If you suffer from leg cramps, try wearing support stockings and putting your feet up when you can.
Do you constantly want to clean or decorate? It’s natural for you to want to ‘nest’ and make a perfect home for your baby, but don’t tire yourself out. Make sure you listen to your body and rest when you need to.
You might find that you can’t sleep because you’re uncomfortable, having funny dreams or you keep needing the loo. Try to have a warm bath and milky drink before bed time and adjust your pillows to make yourself more comfortable.
What to think about
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Some women are asked to have ultrasound scans later in pregnancy so babies who aren’t growing as well can be checked on. Take your partner or friend to a 30 weeks pregnant ultrasound for support.
Still thinking about what sort of birth you’d like? There are several options available to you - such as a home, hospital or water birth. Talk to your midwife and ask for more information to help you make your decision.
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If you’re particularly aware of increased vaginal discharge, this is normal - but if it’s yellow or smells offensive seek a doctor for medical advice.