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Pregnancy Week 30

By Christine Shiffler , edHelperBaby

How Is Your Baby Growing and Developing?
           At 30 weeks the average baby is about 16 inches.  Your baby is growing rapidly about 10 ounces a week.  The lungs are preparing to breathe on their own.  The head is now growing faster than other areas. The baby's activity is changing too.  It is becoming more organized and consistent, with clearly defined moments of rest and wake time for the baby


What Is Happening to Your Body?
           This is both an emotional and a body conscious time.  You may be coping with body pain and this adds to your fatigue.  All of this may be interfering with your sleep.  Swelling of the ankles, feet, and legs are normal.  Drink plenty of water and try to relax.


Parent's Homework
           The Pre-Parent List:  Things to Do Before Your Become A Parent

       Here are some ideas       
  1. Catch up on the news
  2. Visit a hot spot restaurant
  3. Get together with friends
  4. Create intimate moments with your partner
  5. Take a day off
  6. Watch a movie
  7. Sleep, take a nap, sleep

       As parents, together and apart, these are some things you should do before your little bundle of joy arrives.  I strongly urge you to get sleep.  Sleep depravation is a common rite of passage to parenthood.


Personal Experience:
           During my pregnancy everyone told me to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.  I did appreciate the very little time I had left to be alone with my husband.  I valued my own personal time.  I looked at time and everything differently.   It was important to my spouse and to me to always try to be in the moment.  It is a time that requires you to take time especially for yourself.


Traveling These Holidays?
           Although there's no medical reason why you can't travel when you are pregnant, you need to be mindful of your needs and possible dangers to your health.

       Bring snacks with you.  Eating is important these days.  Be careful though, try to stay away from sugared up snacks and lean towards healthier snacks

       Be aware that 20 minutes after your meals, you will need a bathroom.

       Build in extra time for traveling.  You know how hard it is to get out the door. You know you'll have to stop for breaks and the bathroom.  You'll be much less stressed if you accept that it may take more time and just plan for it.       

       Consider these things to avoid if going places over the holidays:
  • Cat litter is not so friendly to pregnant women.  It can be a source of an infection.  The infection is carried in the cat's feces.
  • If anyone is traveling abroad, or planning to attend a live nativity scene, stay away from sheep.  Sheep can also carry bacteria that can cause infection and damage the fetus.  Be careful around any live nativity scenes.
  • There are no medical reasons that you can't fly when you are pregnant.  The majority of airlines won't allow you to fly after 32 weeks, and you will find it difficult to get travel insurance.
  • You don't want to jeopardize the baby's health.  It is also good to be up on relevant information so relax and be aware of your surroundings when traveling.


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