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Week 30
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 28 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Fetal Development:
Our little one is nearly three pounds already and growing like a weed.

The early lanugo is disappearing, the eyelids open and close, and the toenails are growing. The bone marrow is now responsible for red blood cell production.

Maternal Changes:
The best sleeping position for a pregnant woman is on her left side. Your aorta and vena cava are slightly to the right of the center of your back, so laying/sleeping on your left side as much as possible ensures an unobstructed blood flow to your organs and extremities. You may be having some trouble sleeping now. Try one of the many maternity pillows or full-body pillows on the market. Sleeping in a recliner chair might also help, especially when the heartburn gets nasty.
Seventh Month
Multiples: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of pre-eclampsia which is more common in multiple pregnancies than in singleton pregnancies. If you experience severe headache; seeing "spots" or "flashing lights" while at rest; sudden increase in swelling especially of the face; abdominal pain; and nausea, vomiting and feeling sick, contact your doctor immediately.

Feeding Your Baby:
About half of the babies born today in the United States are breastfed which means half are bottle fed. What will you do? For some moms, this is a simple decision; for others, it's very difficult. And it could be that you'll change your mind after baby is born. The best thing to do now is learn about both, do some soul-searching and research.

It isn't the purpose of this guide to debate breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. We do, however, strongly encourage moms to give breastfeeding a try. Even if you switch to formula later, you will have given your baby a terrific start with your breastmilk.

StorkNet's breastfeeding resources:

  • Breastfeeding Cubby
  • Ask a Lactation Consultant
  • Breastfeeding Support
StorkNet's bottle feeding resources:
  • Bottle Feeding Cubby
  • Bottle Feeding Support

Ideas for Dad:
The decision on how to feed your baby is mostly up to Mom. However, it's very important for Dad to be supportive of the method chosen. Discuss your feelings with Mom and learn together about the pros and cons. Then lend your full support and encouragement for whatever she decides. If Mom is intending to breastfeed, don't feel left out! Visit our Dads and Breastfeeding info.

Inspirational Thoughts:
Children are the purpose of life. We were once children and someone took care of us. Now it is our turn to care. ~Cree elder

Reading:

The Pregnant Woman's Comfort Guide: Safe, Quick and Easy Relief from the Discomforts of Pregnancy & Postpartum by Sherry L. M. Jimenez, published by Avery Publishing, 1992

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