Pregnancy Week 30

July 14, 2009

Round, Moving Objects: A Big Pregnancy Belly

In these final weeks of your pregnancy, you will find that your baby takes up more and more space in your womb. The amniotic fluid levels slowly drop as baby grows. You notice an arm or leg move across your belly, or perhaps a big bump moves from one side of your belly to the other. A big round bump could be the baby's head or bottom, and a longer, flatter surface may be his back. It is fun trying to figure out which part of baby you are "seeing." Your doctor may be able to help you identify the various parts when you go for your prenatal visit. Some parents like to play games with the baby, holding an arm or leg for a second or two, rubbing the bumps and talking to the baby. It is a fun time during the pregnancy as you prepare for your baby's arrival.

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Taking Several Practice Runs At Labor

At 30 weeks pregnant, you will begin to experience more Braxton Hicks contractions than in the past. Braxton Hicks are practice contractions that help your body prepare for labor and delivery. These practice contractions occur in the lower abdomen as it temporarily tightens and releases. Braxton Hicks come and go and, as long as they remain like this, there is no need to worry. However, if you are experiencing real contractions, where the entire belly tightens, your back begins to hurt, and the contractions become painful, then it is imperative you contact your health care provider. You may be having preterm labor. Most often, women at this stage of pregnancy experience a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions and false labor as they do strenuous work or take long walks. Lying down alleviates the contractions within a short time.

That Burning Sensation... Pregnancy Heartburn

Your digestive system slows down at 30 weeks pregnant and heartburn may ensue as your uterus pushes very hard against your stomach. The pressure causes food to back up the esophagus and you end up with heartburn. It is important to eat small meals rather than large ones and to stay away from highly acidic and spicy foods. Spicy tomato sauce is a common culprit when it comes to heartburn. If it becomes a real issue for you, your doctor may we willing to allow a calcium carbonate heartburn reliever. Do not take one before you have consulted with your physician. All medications affect both you and your baby. You do not want to expose your little one unnecessarily to chemicals and medications, for his health's sake.

Cinderella You Aren't--Pregnancy Feet

As your body prepares for delivery, your joints begin to loosen. This could result in your feet going up a size or two. Unfortunately, they don't shrink back again. You may also find that now you have more difficulty finding a place to lie in order to sleep. The discomfort and sheer unmanageability of your body makes sleeping at night difficult. If you have a comfy recliner, taking a nap or two throughout the day may help you feel more rested.

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