At week 30, your baby weighs close to 3 pounds and measures about 15.7 inches. About a half a pint of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but as she grows and takes up more space in your uterus the fluid will decrease. Her eyesight continues to develop further. Even after she’s born her eyes will remain closed a lot but when she does open them she will respond to changes in the light.
Many women notice at this point that they are more tired than usual especially if they have a hard time falling asleep. Try experimenting different sleeping positions. Some women try sleeping with a pregnancy pillow which is very comfortable. Some women find sleeping on a recliner very convenient because it’s easy to switch positions. If you are suffering from insomnia and it continues to get worse you should speak to your doctor.
During pregnancy there are many hormonal changes going on in your body causing your ligaments to be more lax. This can make your joints looser and may result in your balance being a bit off. This can also cause your feet to spread, making you go up a shoe size permanently.
Many women find that the mood swings they experienced earlier return now because of all the hormonal changes and their uncomfortable symptoms. It is normal to have your ups and downs and to be nervous about labor. If you find yourself excessively nervous or irritated you may be 1 out of 10 expectant mothers suffering from depression. You should speak to your doctor about this.
In response to the question, “What are the advantages to having an epidural for pain relief during labor?” – Martha H. from Connecticut
- Epidural anesthesia is considered the most effective and easily adjustable type of pain relief for childbirth.
- Since it’s only local anesthesia you will be alert during labor and birth. And, because you’re not in pain you can relax as your cervix dilates. As a result you probably will have more strength when it comes time to push.
- The anesthesiologist controls the type, strength, and the amount of this medication. This is crucial because as your labor progresses, the doses you have been given may not be enough to cover the pain, or you may suddenly need it to numb a different area.
- It is highly unlikely that medication given by epidural will affect your baby.
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