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Week 30: How Much Bigger Can You Get?

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

Now that your baby weighs about 3 pounds (1.3 kg) and measures about 17 inches (43 cm) in length, you're beginning to feel like your tummy will pop if she keeps growing!



Your little cherub is starting to look more like a chubby little cherub, growing plumper and cuter every day. Her hair is growing thicker on the scalp, and those lashes are lengthening. The hands and feet are now fully formed and baby's head and body are closer to normal proportions. Overall, your baby is beginning to look similar to how she will look at birth--just tinier. To prepare for her big entrance, your baby is now starting to control her own body temperature!

Your Body This Week

You may begin to feel some significant discomfort now. Weighing more than ever, you may even wonder how much bigger you could possibly get! But your tummy will continue to grow, much faster now than in the previous months, and you'll continue to gain, about one pound (0.5 kg) a week, for at least the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Mother (Nature) Knows Best

Swollen ankles, constipation and nausea. Ah, the joys of pregnancy! When you're expecting, many of the standard over-the-counter remedies are off limits. The good news is that plenty of home remedies are safe to use during pregnancy. Try some of these kitchen pantry cures the next time you're feeling under the weather. These cures are safe for children, too, though consult your pediatrician to be sure. (Don't substitute home remedies for medical attention. Before treating any health condition, consult your health care professional.) Check out these 9 natural remedies that can help ease your pregnancy ailments.

Fight Fatigue

As fatigue sets in, it's difficult to think about anything else. Sometimes it's hard to simply carry on with your everyday activities. To get your gusto back, it's essential to be as consistent as possible with your exercise routine. Even 10-15 minutes a day--if done consistently--can mean the difference between jumping out of bed in the morning, or simply dragging yourself into a standing position. Whatever you do, though, Rule #1 is still this: Listen to your body. Rest, relaxation and sleep are more important than ever, and fatigue may actually be a signal from your body that you need to slow down. Find more tips for battling fatigue.
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