Pregnancy Weeks 28 to 30
Congratulations, you have officially entered Trimester 3. Your baby is almost ready to meet you but he or she still has some growing left to do! Here’s what you may expect in the next 3 weeks.
This week, your baby is roughly the size of an eggplant. Your baby will partially open his or her eyes and may be sporting a head full of hair now. The brain will work doubly hard as it continues producing billions of neurons, while other organs in the body continue to make improvements to themselves, preparing for life outside the womb.
Most of the symptoms that you experience in Trimester 3 may already have caused you discomfort for some time, such as breathlessness, frequent urination, heartburn and indigestion. You may also start having Braxton Hicks contractions, which may become more frequent as you near your due date. How do you tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and labour contractions? Dr Tan Thiam Chye, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, explains, “Braxton Hicks contractions are quite painless and not as painful as labour pain. Secondly, they are usually very inconsistent, whereas labour pain is very regular.”
Your baby has grown considerably and is now the size of a butternut squash. The brain continues to develop rapidly, and your baby may be able to detect movements within your body such as your breathing, as well as react to pain. As your baby gets bigger, his or her kicks and punches may start to feel stronger too. Additionally, you may now be able to pick up your baby’s sleep pattern.
Have you been taking in enough nutrients? It is important for you to continue eating a balanced diet as your baby needs all the nutrients he or she can get to fuel the rapid development pf the brain and overall growth. This may also be a good time for you to think about a birth plan, and to discuss it with your doctor if you wish to have one.
At Week 30, your baby is about the size of a cucumber. He or she will start to look more like a newborn, with fully formed eyelashes, eyebrows, thicker hair and less wrinkled skin. Lanugo, the fine hair that has been covering your baby’s body, may begin to fall off. This may also be the week your baby finally opens his or her eyes fully.
You may be feeling even more tired these days as your body continues to prepare for childbirth, and constantly having to get up to pee certainly does not help. If you are finding it hard to fall asleep at night due to your growing belly, you may want to consider getting a pregnancy pillow to help you sleep more comfortably.
Besides taking care of your physical health, remember to look after your mental well-being too. You may find yourself experiencing mood swings more often in Trimester 3, or you may even be feeling anxious about becoming a mother. Remind yourself that it is okay to feel this way, and talk to your doctor, midwife or doula about this.