30 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

30 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Well, the countdown is officially ON! Ten weeks to go! You’re 30 weeks pregnant, feeling big and getting bigger and strangers are probably coming out of no where to talk pregnancy with you… “Any day now, right?”

“No, stranger. I have a little less than a quarter of a year left, thank you.”

Then there’s the clever and oh-so-original “Are you sure there’s not two in there?” Face palm.

Side note: Has anyone else noticed that men love to talk to pregnant women? Like… 9/10 of the interactions I have about my bump with strangers are with men. And not in a creepy way… like they are genuinely excited for me and want me to know they have kids too, but weird.

30 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

If you had a recent ultrasound and noticed that your baby was not head down- don’t stress! A high percentage of babies are still not head down- or cephalic- at this time. By the 37th week of pregnancy, only 3-5% of babies are still breech. Your baby has plenty of time to turn, but if, what we call spontaneous version, does not happen, your doctor will be able to identify this on upcoming exams and ultrasounds. He/she will then go through options for a persistent breech presentation at term.

30 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

I don’t know about you, but for me, this milestone is BIG… like BIG! We are officially in the 30’s! That means that there are only 10 [to 12] weeks left on this crazy journey!! The end is, most definitely, in sight!

This past week was the first week of the new year and I’m getting ALL KINDS of organized and baby ready over here! I don’t know if the new year excitement that comes with taking down those Christmas decorations has got me prepping my home like crazy or if nesting has begun. All I know is that I am spending WAY too much time on Amazon and Etsy ordering things I’ll need for labor, delivery, postpartum and the baby. Personalized socks that say “Ahhh, push it” on the soles for the hospital? Duh. No brainer.

[Added later: I actually chickened out on this purchase, but they sat in my shopping cart for a few weeks.]

What are you feeling?

Only so much space in there…

This is it… this is the beginning of the stretch of time where you and baby say back in forth “this belly ain’t big enough for the both of us.” [God bless you, mothers of multiples!] It’s all kinds of stretchy and pointy and OUT. It’s just OUT THERE. I seriously can’t imagine getting bigger than this… oh wait… I’ll grow an inch every 2-3 weeks from here on out? NO WAY.

Gassy Momma

Once again… I’m sorry I’m not sorry! See the point above… better out than in because there’s not much room in there…

Seriously… no one prepped me for how… gassy pregnancy would be! Well, it is. Consider this your prep!

Sleepin’ ain’t easy

Now that this belly requires a little more effort, rolling over in bed… or even getting comfortable… isn’t super easy! So sleeping doesn’t have that same appeal anymore when it’s hard to get comfortable enough to fall into a deep slumber!

Pregnancy insomnia is a thing, y’all, and it will increase the closer you get to your due date/the bigger you get. Even though it’s a great way to prepare for what life will be like with an infant, it can be very frustrating. Try to get as much rest as possible. You’re growing a cantaloupe, for goodness sake! You need your beauty rest!

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Pediatrician

A pediatrician is a doctor for babies and children. Once your little babe is born, they’ll be visiting the doctor often for routine checkups, vaccinations and if they’re sick. Choosing the right pediatrician for your family is important because you’ll be spending a lot of time with them soon. You’ll also be trusting them and their advice with the health of your most treasured possession, so there’s some planning you’ll want to do ahead of time.

Pregnancy Milestone – Picking a Pediatrician

When picking a pediatrician, your first step is to determine which pediatricians in your area take your insurance. From there, find out which have privileges at the hospital you’re planning on delivering at. Then, you’ll want to start doing some research on the names you find. for this step, proximity played a role and I put out on my neighborhood’s Facebook group a post asking for pediatrician recommendations. It was good to hear from parents in our area who they’ve had great experiences with. Another consideration that we made was that we wanted a doctor who was in a smaller practice with just one or two other doctors. I wasn’t particularly interested in going to a big office with several doctors that each had a ton of patients. I wanted a doc that was ours, with a backup available if we need to see someone quickly and he/she was out, that our family could grow with. Lastly, something to consider is “what are our options if I need to call the doctor or the nurse and it’s after hours?” Our doctor has an amazing children’s nurse’s helpline that his patients have access to that I have called many, many, many times.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to your top two or three, call up to the office and schedule a meeting with the doctor.

Most pediatricians will take an interview with pregnant, first-time parents. This is an important step because you’ll get to meet the doctor and see if his/her personality is a fit for yours. The first doctor that we  interviewed was a perfect fit for us – laid back, raised 6 kids of his own, very to-the-point when mom or dad is overreacting, but still focused on finding a solution to the problem. We were lucky that our search stopped there and have been very happy with our choice.

Once you’ve made your decision, let the doctor know and then all you have to do is list their information on the paperwork when you go to the hospital to deliver! That’s it! They’ll make a couple of rounds to visit you and baby once your little love is born!

How to Survive this week:

Now’s the time to get serious about prepping your home for baby! Are you having a baby shower? These next few weeks are a good time to have one so you can make sure you have everything you need ready to go! You’re in the home stretch and it should be feeling real [also gassy].

In the meantime, try to dodge the random belly rubs and awkward conversations as much as you can. I, personally don’t mind them that much, as I know they’ll eventually go away in a different season… much like catcalls, which I DEFINITELY am not receiving in this current season of… walrushood.

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 3rd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
What’s in My Hospital Bag // What to Add to Your Hospital Bag // Prepping your Child for a New Baby
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Our Baby Boy’s Nursery // Our Baby Girl’s Nursery
How I Organized our Nursery // B’s Birth Story // A’s Birth Story // My Pregnancy Dream Team
Maternity Photos – Why I Chose to Do Them // Nesting the Natural Way // Our Newborn Photos

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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