Fetal growth continues in the 30th week of pregnancy. Baby weighs three pounds or more and continues to gain weight daily. Bones have developed and bone marrow has started producing red blood cells. The white covering over the skin, lanugo, is starting to fade away in preparation for birth. Hearing has developed to the point that the fetus recognizes certain voices. Both mom and dad can talk to baby, sing and laugh. These sounds do not have to be directly at the belly for baby to hear.
As the abdominal area, the fetus and the uterus continue to expand, weight may pull the spine forward. This can cause the pregnant woman to feel lower back aches and pains. In addition, when lying down for a nap, pregnant women often prefer to lie on one side or the other, though even on the back is safe if she feels like it.
Heartburn may also be a big issue when lying down. Some pregnant women feel more comfortable sleeping in a sitting position from week 30 to 40.
From now until the end of the pregnancy, women pregnant with multiples will be under close supervision by the doctor. Most are no longer working and may be on some form of bed rest to assure babies stay in womb as long as possible. Preeclampsia is more common with multiples, so women need to be educated about the warning signs.
Support is the number one thing dad can give between weeks 30 and 40. Pregnant women will be writing birth plans, attending bi-weekly doctor’s appointments and choosing how to feed baby. Though dads are a part of these choices, the ball is essentially in mom’s court.
Every pregnancy is different. It is a fallacy that all pregnancies will start and end the same way. Some women walk through like up until the 40th week and give birth right on time. Other women suffer from a long list of aches and pains with delivery not happening until week 42. Pregnant women should never compare themselves to other women and other experiences. The baby is unique and so is the pregnancy.
Rest is crucial from week 30 until delivery. Not only is the body working overtime, but soon pregnant women will be up every two hours (or less) feeding a newborn baby. Resting before baby is born may seem like a moot point, especially if the expecting woman is feeling energetic. This energy may be short-lived so do not overexert yourself at this point in gestation.