30 Weeks Pregnant

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30 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:18 am

Your Body at 30 Weeks of Pregnancy

Your antenatal visits in the third trimester will increase from monthly visits to every second week until the 36th week of pregnancy. After the 36th week you should be visiting your doctor or midwife for antenatal checkups at weekly intervals. During these visits your weight is checked, by this time you should be gaining around 0.5 Kg each week. Excessive weight gain may be a sign of fluid retention ad developing hypertensive disease of pregnancy or diabetes. Inadequate weight gain may indicate intra-uterine growth retardation.

Your doctor or midwife will also check your blood pressure as well as a urine sample for sugar and protein. She may also palpate your abdomen to check the baby’s size and position, and will also check the baby’s size and position, and will also check the baby’s heartbeat by listening to it through a stethoscope shaped like a trumpet. Finally, she will check your hands, feet and ankles for swelling (known as oedema).

Your Baby at 30 Weeks of Pregnancy

Your baby now measures around 37.5 cm and weighs around 1.5 Kg. The lungs and digestive system are approaching maturity and from now on your baby’s weight gain will exceed its growth in length.

The brain is starting to take on a wrinkled appearance because of its rapid growth. This is normal and is also necessary as this complicated structure allows for an increased number of brain cells, making your baby’s brain capable of integrating the high level of neurological function that will be required for normal life.

During the next month your baby will actively absorb and start to store nutrients that your body provides. These nutrients include; calcium for skeletal development, iron for red blood cell production and protein for general growth.
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