Week 30 pregnancy symptoms

What symptoms can you expect as you enter your 30th week of pregnancy?

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  • Your pregnant body

    At this stage of pregnancy many women experience mild edema - swelling caused by fluid in your body's tissues. This is a common symptom at 30 weeks so there’s no need for concern if your feet or ankles swell occasionally, particularly when it’s hot or if you have been on your feet for a while.

    However, be aware that there is a risk of pregnant women developing pre-eclampsia, which would require medical attention quickly. If you have swelling over a long period, swelling on your face and hands, have a bad headache, nausea, vomiting or a rise in blood pressure then contact your doctor immediately.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week…

  • What should you be doing this week?

    At this stage, there are loads of classes that you can take. Firstly, you can take childbirth classes that are designed to help you prepare for the labour and birth. The birth process will be explained thoroughly and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have or discuss any concerns in a relaxed and informal setting.

    Meeting in a group such as this can be a supportive experience as everyone will be going through the same thing. These classes also provide a chance for your birth partner to attend and feel more involved with the pregnancy.

    There are more specialized classes as well. Lamaze classes encourage an active birth through movement and breathing techniques. These teach you to have positive reactions to contractions instead of negative ones.

    Bradley-based classes start as soon as you become pregnant and focus on a partner-coached ‘natural’ childbirth which has an emphasis on good diet and antenatal exercise.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 30 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

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