30 weeks of gestation: how are the baby’s movements?

At 30 weeks of gestation, mom and baby are already in the 7th month.

In this phase, it is normal for the pregnant woman to feel more tired than usual, especially due to the weight of her belly.

Her size can also start to bother you, causing back pain and preventing your mom from doing some activities like driving or squatting completely.

On the other hand, it is a great time to organize some things for the baby’s arrival: setting up a layette, planning and tidying up the room are good examples of activities that can be done.

The skin on the belly, which is stretching, may start to itch. In such cases, it is recommended that instead of scratching, the woman massages with moisturizers or oils.

Humor also deserves attention. Because of hormones and anxiety , it is normal for some women to feel more sad during this final stretch.

In some situations, the symptoms of postpartum depression begin to manifest a few weeks before delivery. So, if the sadness or discouragement is persistent, it is important to talk to the obstetrician.

What is the ideal weight for 30 weeks of gestation

On average, the 30-week-old baby weighs between 1.5 kg and 1.8 kg, measuring approximately 36 cm. It tends to grow, gaining weight and stature every day.

For this, the mother’s food is very important.

The iron ingested from now on will strengthen the baby and remain with him until 6 months of age, when he will be able to start feeding on other things, besides breast milk.

Calcium and other vitamins (A, B, C, D and K) will help to strengthen the immune system, cardiorespiratory and other parts of the body such as bones, muscles and neurons.

Thus, the mother’s diet, rich and with varieties of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, contributes to the health of the little one inside and subsequently outside the belly.

The ideal is for the mother to gain about 500g per week, since the baby is growing and gaining weight.

Read more: Foods rich in iron: diet for pregnant women and for anemia

How is the fetus at 30 weeks?

For 30 weeks inside the mother’s belly, the baby has almost all the systems and organs formed. If delivery occurs at this stage, there are not so many health risks and termination of the baby’s formation, although you may still need to stay in hospital incubators to develop the immune and respiratory systems.

The nails are already formed and should grow until the moment of delivery. It is common for some babies to have to cut their nails while still in the maternity ward to prevent them from getting hurt.

In the 7th month, his skin is pink and smooth, since the thin layer of hair that covered him (lanugo) fell. But the strands of certain regions (eyelashes and hair) can remain.

Now, the baby probably already starts to turn around to fit in the mother’s pelvis and, thus, expect delivery in that position.

Read more: Is it normal to experience colic in pregnancy? Until when do they occur?

Baby’s movements: is it normal to feel the belly shaking?

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Yes , it is normal and even advisable for pregnant women to try to feel the baby’s movements, as this agitation is a sign that everything is fine and he continues to develop healthily.

Frequent tremors are characteristic of a normal pregnancy, as they are caused by the baby’s hiccups.

When the belly shakes again, the pregnant woman may observe movements that tend to be rhythmic and more subtle than an elbow or kick.

The tremors caused by hiccups are light movements, without severe pain, fever or bleeding. If these symptoms appear with the tremors, seek medical attention.

These baby’s hiccups are a good indication that the respiratory system is developing and maturing as expected.

Popular beliefs for stopping hiccups (getting scared, holding your breath, taking three sips of water, etc.), even if they work for the mother, may not work for the baby.

The best way to deal with these tremors is to sit or lie down in a comfortable position, relax and wait for them to pass. Usually, such discomfort lasts only a few minutes.

The baby tends to be more agitated and have more hiccups after meals, especially if mom ate something with sugar, which provides energy for him.

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