Your Pregnancy: Week 30
• From head to toe, your baby is about 43 cm (17 in) long and she weighs as much as a honeydew melon — about 1.35 kg (3 lbs).
• Does your baby have a case of the intrauterine hiccups? If you feel regular little tickles or spasms in your belly, it's a good bet she does. During the latter half of pregnancy, some babies get the hiccups a couple of times a day and others never get them all. Don’t worry — hiccups aren't uncomfortable or unpleasant for your baby like they are for adults, even if they last 20 minutes!
• Your baby may also be turning somersaults. During weeks 28 to 32, babies often settle into a routine of rest and activity. However, babies are individuals and while some seem to be active all the time, others seem to be active just in the morning and at night.
Don’t stress on the scale
Feel like you can’t get any bigger? We can’t lie, it’s going to happen. Your uterus is pushing its way up under your ribs right now and chances are, you're gaining about a pound a week at this point in your pregnancy. It's nothing to get stressed about. Remember: the average weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds and about half of this weight comes from your baby, the growth of the uterus, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid. The fact is, your baby is still growing, and she will gain most of her weight during the third trimester.
Checking in with dad
Your partner has probably been riding a bit of an emotional roller coaster throughout your pregnancy, too. Perhaps he's feeling a little left out because so much attention is focused on you, or maybe he's worried about the baby's health or about what kind of a parent he'll be. Whatever the case may be, it's important that he feels involved.
Doing some reading on fatherhood is a good way to raise his confidence levels. He can learn how nature is tweaking his brain and body to ensure he’s the right man for the job, and get advice on becoming a father.
Looking ahead: breastfeeding
It may sound crazy but it's true: Your baby is less likely to need braces or other orthodontic work when she's older if you breastfeed her. Breastfeeding promotes better jaw and dental development than nursing from bottles. In fact, breastfeeding has many benefits:
• fewer respiratory and ear infections
• fewer gastrointestinal infections, less diarrhea, less constipation
• fewer and less severe allergies
• lower incidences of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
• fewer cases of chronic diseases, such as juvenile diabetes
• higher scores on IQ tests
• lower rates of childhood cancers
Now's the time to think about how you will feed your baby. Learn what you can do now to set the stage for breastfeeding success, and find answers to all your questions in our breastfeeding section. Plus, what’s dad’s role in breastfeeding?