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Pregnancy Week 30

Baby's Heart via Ultrasound

Mother:

Your posture is still very important to your comfort. Maintaining a good posture is a good way to decrease the strain on your body as your center of gravity continues to change.

One of the things that you can do to help maintain your energy levels and to increase your stamina for the birth is to exercise. It is important not to over do it, especially if you have not been exercising prior to this week. Try taking walks or swimming short distances. Getting out and stretching will help you have feel better and reduce the numbers of pregnancy related complaints.

Baby:

Baby is very aware of the surroundings. We tend to think of the uterus as a dark place, but it can be light and dark depending on the mother's environment. You may be able to distinguish sleep and wake cycles in your baby. Although it usually seems as if the baby wants to sleep while you are awake and vice versa at night.

If you are having Braxton Hicks Contractions use them to practice what you've learned in childbirth class, and know that they are a sign that your body is getting ready for labor.

Baby weighs a whopping 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms)! S/he measures about 14.8 inches (37.5 cms) in length.

Dad/Partner:

Take notes in childbirth class. Write down what you think is most important for you to remember. Don't suffer from information overload. If you practice three positions for labor each night, remember the one she liked the most. This "cheat sheet" will help you when it's time for labor!

Readers Share - Mother-in-law at the Birth:

There is a lot of pressure these days to invite your mother-in-law to your birth. For some families this works really well, for others, not so much. Does it matter if you're having a home birth or a hospital birth? Do you feel pressure to invite her for the birth? Is that pressure from your mother-in-law or your partner? Or even society? How did you talk to her, no matter what you wanted from her at the time of birth?

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Twin Tips:

Up until this point the growth rate of your babies has been about the same of a singleton baby. Now their growth rate will slow. This is why the early weight gain and proper diet was so important. The majority of quadruplets will be born by now.

Suggested Reading:

Easing Labor Pain by Adrienne Liebermann
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More Pregnancy Weeks:

There will be slight differences in everyone's growth and fetal development. Any problems should be reported to your practitioner.

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