At a glance
Stimulate baby’s hearing with your favourite songs and you and your partner’s voices
Eat plenty of vitamin C to protect your cells and veins, and improve iron absorption
It’s perfectly safe to use computers, but walk around every hour to help circulation
Now’s a good time to review your maternity leave plans with your employer
Baby's development at 30 weeks
What was that?! Have you experienced a movement that didn’t feel like the usual kicking?
Your little one might have the hiccups. It can happen if baby swallows too much amniotic fluid. You’ll be able to feel and hear it. There’s no need to worry though, this is how baby practices breathing.
In week 28, we talked about how the foods you eat are helping baby’s sense of taste develop. Well, the sight and sounds senses are starting to come along nicely now too. Your little one can now see very well and responds to sound stimuli. Low frequencies of certain music played repetitively and speech sounds (especially your partner’s voice) are particularly well received. They can trigger movements and an increased heart rate, which will show up on an ultrasound.
In fact, your little one is making lots of progress in physical, social and cognitive development already.
A few weeks ago, baby’s acrobatics were a lovely reminder of the little person living inside your tummy. But these movements may be starting to feel a bit uncomfortable now. That’s because your uterus has grown so much that you can feel when baby is pushing against your ribs. Some mums start to report aches and pains all over right about now too.
Now is the time to focus on getting as much rest as you can, while starting to prepare for baby’s arrival. It’s also a great time to take another look at what you are eating. Fruits and vegetables will give you the vitamin C you need to protect your cells and veins. It also improves iron absorption, which will help you to replenish your red blood cells.
If you have to sit in front of a computer all day at work, you’ve probably wondered if it’s safe for your little one’s development. The radiation from computer screens does not affect you or your baby. Studies have clearly shown that there is no additional risk or any other problems during pregnancy due to screen time. That said, it’s a good idea for you to get up and walk around every hour to help with circulation.
This is also a great time to review your maternity leave plans. According to the Citizens Advice Bureau https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/time-off-work/maternity-leave/, you can choose to start your leave at any time during or after week 29 of your pregnancy. However, your leave will start automatically if you're off work for any reason to do with your pregnancy from the 37th week. Remember to discuss your plans with your employer as the terms can vary.