WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

40 cm | 2 lb 8 oz

Week 30

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Week 30 Pregnancy

At 30 weeks your baby measures roughly 40cm long and weighs around 2lb 8oz. Although they’re spending 80% of their time asleep and dreaming, when they’re awake they’re turning regularly and can be in either the head down or breech position. At 32 weeks around three out of four babies will have turned to the head-down position that’s considered ‘ready’ for labour, with the remaining quarter catching up soon – only 3-4% of babies are born breech (feet or bottom first).
During the final few weeks your baby’s brain development accelerates; nerve fibres grow rapidly to allow brain impulses to travel faster and to help your baby learn more quickly when they enter the outside world.
Urinary infections can be common during the latter part of your pregnancy – especially cystitis which feels like a burning sensation when you urinate. Drinking cranberry juice is a simple and effective remedy that many women swear by. Drinking plenty of water and going to the toilet as often as you feel the need to, rather than waiting until you are desperate, will also help to flush out any infection. If you’re worried, speak to your doctor.
If you have any questions about your pregnancy, or want to know more about any aspect of the birth, our Careline team is here to help you find the answers. Call us on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.