30 Weeks


How far along? 30 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: + 23 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yup.
Stretch marks? Yeabsolutely.
Sleep: Some days are better than others.  Last night was a crappy one.
Best moment this week: Having yesterday off work so I could hang out with the kiddos.
Worst moment this week: Having yesterday off so I had no excuse not to clean my house.
Movement: All the time. I love feeling all of his kicks and jabs and somersaults!  He’s definitely settling into a routine as far as sleep/wake.  He likes to kick it between 8:30-9:30 and again around 4:30am.
Food cravings/aversions: Nothing.  But I am noticing that I’m hungry all the time (that’s not new) but get full so much quicker already.  I don’t remember that happening so early with either of the other two.
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: Nada.  But Braxton Hicks contractions were kicking my ass again last night.  4 in one hour was more than enough of a reminder what labor will be like in +/- 10 weeks.
Belly Button in or out? Most definitely in but it’s getting more and more shallow every week.
What I miss: Energy. And wine.
What I am thankful for: That I made it another week successfully through this pregnancy! That we are (mostly) moved into the new place and can start to make it our own. That this baby is healthy.
What I am looking forward to: Finalizing his room.  And I don’t mean the cutsie decor.  It’s our third kid.  I’m just ready to have all of the furniture in the right places.
Milestones: Nothing too exciting this week.  But, we are rapidly approaching the point where my doctor won’t stop labor if it starts on its own.  Yikes.
Symptoms: shedding hair, exhaustion, sore boobs, heartburn, burgeoning belly, sciatic nerve pain.

Technical baby news: Your baby is losing the downy hair all over his body and gaining some thicker hair on his head. In fact, all his body parts are growing quickly, from his toenails to his brain. Your baby is around 3 pounds and almost 11 inches from crown to rump (16 inches from crown to heel), and he will be able to move his eyes and eyelids at pregnancy week 30. Big changes are happening in his bones, too: the skeleton is getting harder and stronger, plus the bone marrow has begun to produce red blood cells (up until this point, his liver was taking care of that task). Are you feeling strong pressure in your ribs or your pelvic floor these days? If so, your baby may have already assumed the head-down position in your uterus to prepare for his upcoming delivery. Little feet tend to get wedged between ribs, and the head can press on the muscles at the base of your pelvis to make you sore and uncomfortable. You can try modifying your position to encourage your baby to change his position, just make sure you don’t lie flat on your back and cut off the blood flow through your vena cava. Are you feeling particularly heavy this week? It’s no surprise that you’re moving a little more slowly and starting to struggle against gravity, since your uterus has grown considerably (the top, or fundus, has made its way under your ribcage) and your legs are swelling with extra body fluids. Add to that the heartburn and indigestion that comes with a compressed stomach and surging hormones and you have a recipe for an uncomfortable day. You’ll need to be more conscious of your habits and more careful in your activities these days to minimize your discomfort and keep up your energy. Be sure to take breaks from long periods of standing (breaks from long periods of sitting, too) and eat less food more frequently until your baby “drops” down into your pelvis in the last weeks of pregnancy, freeing up your stomach for a full meal. If you haven’t been keeping track of your baby’s kicks, now is the time to make up a kick-count sheet to record your little one’s movements. After week 20, counting kicks is the best way for you to monitor your baby’s well-being; when you’ve passed your due date, this becomes a vital measure for baby’s safety. A 30 week old fetus is typically fairly active, so he’ll keep you busy tallying up those kicks — by now, he should be kicking at least 10 times every hour.




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