Week 30 Pregnancy: Pelvic Pressure & Symptoms

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week 30 pregnancy pelvic pressure & symptoms

You’ve arrived at week 30 in your pregnancy–28 weeks from conception.  Only 10 weeks left to go!  Let’s talk about baby’s weight gain, pelvic pressure, and other pregnancy symptoms that you might experience at week 30.

Week 30 Pregnancy:  Weight

At week 30 in your pregnancy, baby weighs about 3 pounds.  His total length, crown to heel, is about 15 3/4 inches.

You’re also gaining about 1 pound each week.  Much of that weight is concentrated on the growth of the uterus, baby, placenta, and amniotic fluid.  Your uterus is now about 4 inches above your belly button — 12 inches above the pubis symphysis (2).  Total weight gain by week 30 should be around 19 to 26 pounds.

week 30 pregnancy belly

Week 30 Pregnancy:  Baby’s Development

Your baby is fully developed now, and her body is working to fine-tune the details in preparation for birth!  Developmental changes at week 30 include:

  • Baby gains about a half pound each week from now until birth
  • The surface of baby’s brain is developing wrinkly grooves as the amount of brain tissue increases
  • Baby’s bone marrow is now starting to produce the red blood cells (prior to this, the spleen produced the red blood cells)

week 30 pregnancy development

Week 30 Pregnancy:  Pelvic Pressure

Within 2 to 4 weeks of your due date, the baby will settle deeper into your pelvis to get ready for birth.  This is known as the baby dropping, or lightening.  The weight of the baby often puts extra pressure on the pelvis, bladder, and hips.  You might experience swelling in your legs, uncomfortable pelvic pressure, or the feeling that you have to pee all the time.

While the best way to ease the discomfort of pelvic pressure is to stay off your feet, this is rarely possible for most women.  Pregnancy support belts are a great option to help brace some of baby’s weight.  If you feel throbbing pressure in your perineum (vulva and vaginal area), consider a perineal support belt like the V2 supporter.

week 30 pregnancy pelvic pressure

Week 30 Pregnancy:  Symptoms

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

During pregnancy, women often retain extra fluid.  This can lead to swelling tissues that sometimes press on the nerves.   Carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in 25% of pregnant women, is caused by the compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel in your wrist.  It’s characterized by numbness and tingling in the hand, near the thumb (1, 3).

To decrease symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, try to avoid repetitive movements that require an angle in the wrist, such as typing.  If this doesn’t help, your provider may recommend splinting your wrists.  Fortunately, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually go away after you give birth and your fluid levels go back to normal.

week 30 pregnancy symptoms carpal tunnel

Drop by again next week to learn all about what you can expect at week 31 of your pregnancy!

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References:

(1)  Ladewig, P.A., London, M.L., Davidson, M.R.  (2006).  Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care, 6th edition.  Pearson Prentice Hall.  Upper Saddle River, NJ.

(2) Glade, B.C., Schuler, J.  (2011).  Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 7th edition.  First Da Capo Press.

(3) The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  (2010).  Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month, 5th edition.