Your Pregnancy: Week 30

Pregnancy week by week: You are 30 weeks pregnant


Your Body

Do you keep misplacing your car keys or forgetting appointments? Believe it or not, research confirms pregnancy hormones decrease the volume of your brain cells. This startling fact, combined with lack of sleep and extra stress contribute to memory loss, dubbed “mommy brain.” Rely on to-do lists to keep on top of things and don’t bother with herbal remedies — they’re unsafe when you’re pregnant. The good news is your brain cell count will return to normal after you give birth. The bad news is you probably won’t see an improvement in your foggy mind for a few months when your wee one is, with any luck, sleeping through the night.

Looking in the mirror you may feel like you resemble the Michelin Man at times, what with your oversized belly and swollen and puffy hands, ankles and feet. Edema in pregnancy is the result of your body retaining more water and collecting it in your tissues. It can be more problematic at the end of the day and during warm summer months. Drink lots of water, put up your feet whenever you can, avoid sitting for long stretches, lie on your left side and don't wear socks that are tight at the calves or ankles.

It’s only 10 weeks until D-Day (delivery day) and you, undoubtedly, have been hearing a litany of delivery room war stories from other mothers. This can make your anxiety level spike (wish you could skip labour altogether and your baby take permanent residence in your womb?). They may think they’re doing you a favour, preparing you for what lies ahead but the truth is no one can predict exactly what will happen during your labour and delivery (other than producing a healthy, precious baby). Thank them for sharing but tune them out if you start feeling overwhelmed.

Baby’s World

From her crown to her feet she measures 43 cm. (17 in.) long, about the size of a bunch of broccoli, and weighs about 1.35 kg (3 lb.). Her brain is in charge of actions like breathing and temperature regulation. As she grows, thanks to insulating fat, she has less room to wriggle around and you may find her moving less often and with less force. She can distinguish between light and dark and follow a light source with her eyes.

Fun Fact

When you poke or tap your stomach, baby may respond with a kick in the spot you originally touched.

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