Week 30 of Your Pregnancy

November 13, 2009

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What is Happening Inside Your Body?

Week 28 5 months pregnantYour uterus is about 4 inches above your belly button. By the end of your pregnancy you will have gained on average between 25 and 35 pounds.

You may be noticing the development of enlarged veins or varicose veins in your legs. Some women develop spider veins also. Varicose veins are caused by weaknesses in the valves in the veins that carry blood back to your heart.

If you are experiencing varicose veins or swelling in your legs, try to avoid standing for long periods of time. Make sure you are moving frequently. Walking will help improve circulation. Try wearing support panty hose. It can help compress the tissues and improve circulation.

It is also essential to drink plenty of fluids. Drinking a lot of water will help keep you hydrated and prevent your body from retaining so much water. This will help take pressure off of your circulatory system.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is about 14-17 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 30 Weeks?  -  Video

FetusWeek30Web200Great video of a fetus at week 30 (28 weeks since conception) this baby is so cute…
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How is Your Baby Developing?

Your baby is adding fat and putting on weight steadily. From now until the end of your pregnancy, your baby will put on about ½ pound every week.

Your baby has doubled in height in the last six weeks. From this point until delivery it will probably only grow a few inches taller, but will pack on significantly more weight.

Your baby’s brain is still rapidly developing.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Sciatica, pain in the side of the back that runs down the hip and leg, is common during this stage of pregnancy. It is caused by changes in posture as well as pressure from your baby on the sciatic nerve.

This condition can spontaneously disappear if your baby changes positions and alleviates the pressure.

If you are having difficulty with sciatic pain, pregnancy yoga can be helpful. Some women get relief from acupuncture, massage, chiropractic treatments and pregnancy pain relief techniques.

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