30 Weeks already? Crazy. I have brought a lot more for my hospital bags, and brought first few packs of nappies to try and stock up before baby is here. It is so hard to decide what brand of nappies to go with this time, because we actually found with our son that Pampers were rubbish for newborns, and Huggies were really good, but I am unsure, but I don’t think Huggies are available in the UK anymore?
If anyone in the UK has a recommendation for newborn nappies, please get in touch. I brought 3 packs of Asda’s little angels nappies, which were 3 packs for £10.00 and each pack has 70 in it.
About baby this week:
Your baby now measures a little more than 39cm from crown to toe. His growth in terms of his length will soon slow down but he will continue to gain weight until he’s born. He probably weighs about 1.3kg at this stage.
Your baby’s lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. He continues to open and shut his eyes. He can probably see what’s going on inside your uterus (womb), tell light from dark and even track a light source. If you shine a light on your stomach, your baby may move his head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow.
Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development. But your baby won’t be able to see much when he’s born. Newborns can see a distance of only between 20cm and 30cm. Children with normal vision don’t reach 20/20 vision (the same as an adult) until the age of about eight. To complete the picture, your baby now has eyebrows and can bat his eyelashes!
About a litre of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby, but that volume decreases as he gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and your baby continue to grow, don’t be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can’t get enough air. It’s just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. At about 34 weeks (or just before birth, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby’s head will move down into your pelvis as he gets into the right position for birth. That will make breathing and eating a lot easier.