Pregnancy week 30

Your baby weighs around 3lb (1.36kg), is about 37cm long from head to toe and very active so mums may feel lots of kicking. Your baby is starting to learn new skills like sucking and swallowing because there is lots of brain development happening.

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 practise what you’ve learned in ante-natal class, and know that they are a sign that your body is getting ready for labour.

Have you discussed birth plans? Some people like to write out a detailed plan, covering various eventualities, but others don’t bother with them, believing you have to take things as they come, because you can’t plan for a super-fast dilation, for example, if you are on a train in the Channel Tunnel.

Joking aside, a birth plan may just include specifics like “no epidural” or “after the birth I want to feed my baby right away, so if I pass out, wake me up”. There are always some things that are very important to you that you would like to see happen.

One of dad-to-be’s jobs now, beside massaging painful back pains, should be gently rubbing in some simple moisturiser into the skin, which can be itchy as it tightens.

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