You are now 30 weeks pregnant (or in your 31st week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
From now on, your baby will gain weight fast. His lungs and digestive tract are nearly mature and he’s probably been able to open and shut his eyes for a while now, so he can see inside you. Read more information on your baby’s development this week
How your life’s changing
You’ve probably gained quite a bit this month — typically 1.4-1.8 kg/3-4 lb. Gaining 450 g/1 lb a week is quite normal during the last three months. Your baby’s demands for nutrients are at their greatest in the final pre-birth growth spurt. You may love or loathe your increasing size — either way, remind yourself of 50 reasons why it’s great to be pregnant.
It’s never too late to stop smoking, as your baby will benefit from an increased oxygen supply within days of you quitting. Try to encourage those close to you who smoke to give up too — not only will this help you to stop smoking but it may help your baby in the longer term. Research has shown that babies are at higher risk of crib death or SIDS if a parent or caregiver smokes around them.
Getting a good night’s sleep can become more difficult again in the third trimester. As your belly grows, getting and staying comfortable is harder and you may find pressure on your bladder means midnight trips to the washroom make an unwelcome but necessary return. Vivid dreams can also affect the quality of your sleep leaving you feeling disturbed or inspired! Don’t forget to ask your partner about his dreams too.
Pregnancy Tip: Preventing varicose veins
“A friend recommended that I use witch hazel for varicose veins. Rubbing some on my legs and putting my feet up for 20 minutes has helped dramatically.” — Heather M.