30 weeks pregnant – We’re moving to our new home!
Hubby has been accepted for a mortgage which means that we can now make arrangements to move. We’ve been told that the moving date is 7 October, so we have very little time to pack everything up into boxes and arrange for them to be moved. We also have to sort out a cleaner to clean the property as the flat will be subject to valuation and we could really do with all of our deposit being returned back to us.
I called up the NCT and informed them of our move and they were very helpful and found us an alternative place near to the new area straight away. I just need to find a suitable hospital now, so that I can register to give birth. I thought that it would probably be easier to move first then hubby and I can have a look around together.
Mum and dad are so happy that we’re moving just five minutes away from them now, which means they’ll get to see Boxer much more often. I am quite upset that I’m moving so far away from my friends, but it’s for the best. I think, if there is a chance to be around family, especially when I’m having a baby, I should take it.
I had a really strong craving for hot chocolate and ended up drinking two pints, one after the other! Now, I’m a bit worried about the caffeine intake, even though I know hot chocolate has less caffeine in it than tea and coffee. Maybe I was craving the calcium? It tasted good, though. Boxer was happy…
A fun fact – The baby weighs about the same as a head of cabbage!
The science part
Your baby at 30 weeks
- Your baby is now the size of a cabbage!
- Their growth will start to slow down a bit now but they will continue to gain weight until they are born
- Your baby will now respond to light, but their eyesight is still developing so they may only be able to see fuzziness.
- Your amniotic fluid hits its peak this week and from now on it will start to decrease
- Your baby will have surges of energy and move around in strange positions. They will reach their final position, ideally head down, just before birth
- You should be able to work out your baby’s sleep and wake cycles now but make sure to contact your GP/Doctor if you notice reduced movements
- If your baby was born prematurely then they will be taken to a special care unit as their lungs are still immature but they have a great chance at survival
- Your baby’s brain is changing too and looking more like an adult’s
- Your baby’s bone marrow is also starting to produce red blood cells ready for development after birth
- Your baby’s digestive system is almost completely developed now and will be ready for mum’s first feed
Your pregnancy signs and symptoms
- You’re likely starting to get tired due to sleep being disrupted by your lovely baby kicking away and you’re taking regular toilet breaks. Try to rest during the day and eat plenty of nutritious and healthy food to keep your energy levels up
- Are you feeling breathless? It’s because your baby is putting pressure against your lungs, making it uncomfortable for you to breathe deeply. Prop a pillow up at night to help you breathe better during sleep
- You may experience a range of mood swings now – the surge in hormones and lack of sleep will be culprits in this change of mood
Your next steps
- Drink lots of water and go to bed at regular times
- Check what benefits you have during pregnancy – if you are living on a low household income, you may be entitled to a Sure Start grant if this is your first baby.
- The end is in sight so start planning some ‘me’ time after the baby is born because this time will be hugely scarce once your baby greets you in the outside world. Get your hair cut, go for a mani/pedi or just spend time with your friends, as these activities will give you a big boost after birth. Studies also have shown that a good support network decreases your chances of getting postnatal depression too!
Note: These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.
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