Your pregnancy at 30 weeks
What's happening with mum
It is common around this time for many pregnant women to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This is characterised by a numbness or tingling in the wrists, thumb and fingers and is caused by pressure due to excess weight and swelling compressing the nerves. This condition can be uncomfortable and painful especially at night.
If symptoms are extreme you should ask your midwife or doctor for a wrist splint which will help ease the pressure. Carpal tunnel which appears only during pregnancy usually disappears again after the birth of your baby.
What's happening with baby
Baby now weighs almost 3 lbs and is approximately 15.8 inches in length. From now on he wont get much longer but his weight will increase by around 1/4 to 1/2 lb each week.
Although baby may seem to be a lot more active, he is in fact sleeping a lot more now. He has begun to form specific wake and sleep patterns in preparation for when he is born.
As his brain begins to develop, the smooth surface will become folded and rutted. These wrinkles increase the size of the surface area, allowing brain tissue to grow and expand throughout their life.