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30 weeks pregnant

When you are 30 weeks pregnant, symptoms of back pain, lack of balance and swollen ankles can worsen. Tiredness and bad posture can emphasise these problems.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 30

Now you are 30 weeks into your pregnancy, your baby’s brain, nervous system and organs continue to mature with every day they spend in your womb. If they were born now they’d still need specialist care as their lungs are not fully mature to breathe on their own and they lack the body fat to regulate their body temperature.

Now you are 30 weeks pregnant, you may start to feel tired and experience discomforts which weren’t there during the second trimester.

You may find yourself more clumsy than usual as your centre of gravity has changed with your growing bump. Some women find this time harder as they are carrying more weight and experience the not-so-nice pregnancy symptoms such as swollen ankles. If your swollen ankles don’t improve after a rest with your feet up, speak to your midwife. If you have swollen ankles or wrists, and a severe headache, contact your GP straight away as this could be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Back pain is a very common symptom of pregnancy especially at around 30 weeks and generally throughout your third trimester. Discomfort and intense lower back pain is quite common in pregnancy as your muscles and ligaments tire from the extra weight you are carrying. The ligaments in your pelvis also relax and change during pregnancy to prepare your pelvis for the birth, putting pressure on your spine and back muscles. It is this that contributes to the ‘waddle’ you sometimes see women do during the third trimester and may be experiencing yourself.

Back pain is often worse at the end of the day or after long periods of time on your feet and bad posture also aggravates it. Back pain can be improved through exercise, better posture, resting off your feet, low heels or flat shoes instead of high heels, pelvic floor exercises, massage (get your partner to give you some TLC), or even just a well placed pillow when resting and at night.

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There’s no time like the present to get informed about what's to come after birth, so you are not taken by surprise.  You may not have thought about it but it is normal for women who have just given birth to lose some blood afterwards. By reading up on blood loss after birth you can be prepared, and ensure you have the necessary things with you in your hospital bag. 

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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