And a shot of my belly progression from weeks 27 to 30. Can really see it filling out above my navel.
How far along: 30 weeks.
How big is baby: a cabbage.
What is baby doing this week: Your baby now measures a little more than 39cm from crown to toe. Her growth in terms of her length will soon slow down but she will continue to gain weight until she's born. She probably weighs about 1.3kg at this stage.
Your baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. She continues to open and shut her eyes. She can probably see what's going on inside your uterus (womb), tell light from dark and even track a light source. If you shine a light on your stomach, your baby may move her head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow.
Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development. But your baby won't be able to see much when she's born. Newborns can see a distance of only between 20cm and 30cm. Children with normal vision don't reach 20/20 vision (the same as an adult) until the age of about eight. To complete the picture, your baby now has eyebrows and can bat her eyelashes!
About a litre of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby, but that volume decreases as she gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and your baby continue to grow, don't be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can't get enough air. It's just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. At about 34 weeks (or just before birth, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby's head will move down into your pelvis as she gets into the right position for birth. That will make breathing and eating a lot easier.
Total weight gain: 55.4kg, 100g more than last week and 8.6kg since the start of pregnancy.
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity or very stretchy clothes.
Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.
Best moment of the week:
Food cravings/aversions: None.
Fatigue: Taking Ferro Grad-C every weekday. Haven't had any side effects other than, ahem, black poo!
Other: I'm officially 3/4 of the way through this pregnancy!
Had my booking in appointment at the hospital, all went well except for baby was transverse when the OB examined me. She wasn't worried, said it wasn't a concern at this stage, but showed more concern that i was measuring 2cm below the expected i.e. my fundus was 28 cm from my pubic bone instead of 30cm... but i'm barely 5"2 so hardly expected to have an average size baby. I had the same thing with my previous pregnancy. My midwife wasn't concerned when i told her, and as they both agreed that a transverse baby would make the measurement smaller than a longitudinal lie i'm not going to go for a growth scan at this point. In fact i'd be unlikely to go at all unless there was no growth over a few appointments and, more importantly, baby's movements changed.
I've also started producing colostrum :) Not much yet. Started on the right then a few days later the left followed suit.
Movement: Transverse at my OB appointment, still very active. Loads of kicks, mostly to the right of my belly when he's transverse or up into my right rib when he's head down. Occasionally he'll flip to breech for a day and stomp on my bladder, but happily he moves out of that position by night (as i had a footling breech before, i tend to worry unnecessarily about breech - even though it's much safer than transverse at term!)
What i'm looking forward to: our family photoshoot on Thursday!
What i miss: Being able to bend over easily.
Next appt: 15 September.
What else i've done this week: