30 Weeks Pregnant: Love—Talk to Your Baby!“I acknowledge how I’m feeling and share my love with my baby.”
Nurturing yourself during pregnancy (and beyond) isn’t selfish—it’s essential! Your emotional and mental health affects both you and your growing baby. No matter how hectic life feels, schedule weekly dates with yourself (yes, right now—in your calendar) to focus on no one other than you.
Maybe it’s as simple as a much-needed nap, handwriting a letter to a dear friend, or buying yourself flowers and arranging them in your favorite vase. Streaming a prenatal yoga video does wonders for releasing tension and connecting with baby.
Only have five minutes? No problem. Find a private room or corner, take a comfortable seat and bring one hand to heart and one to your baby. Then, try any of the following:
- Inhale as you say to yourself, “Calm.” Exhale, saying, “Peace.” Repeat 5-10 times.
- Sing baby a song. Allow yourself to sway, cry, smile, laugh. How does baby respond?
- Talk to your baby. Share whatever is on your mind, even if it’s fear, while reminding baby of your love. Example: “Baby, I feel afraid, but it has nothing to do with you. I love you so much.”
Spinning Babies Activity of the Week
The Abdominal Release, also called the Diaphragmatic Release, helps the broad ligament relax or untwist, giving baby more room to get into position for labor. This simple, incredibly gentle myofascial technique can be learned by a partner or friend. Practice it weekly for 20 minutes, for the rest of your pregnancy. Learn this relaxing technique here.
The pregnant person will enjoy lying on their back or side. If on their back, they can be slightly propped up by pillows. If this isn’t comfortable, continue working with the Standing Sacral Release learned in Week 28.
Your Baby This Week
Your baby weighs about 2.9 pounds and measures 15.5 to 17 inches long. Not only is your belly getting bigger, baby is growing quickly, too, adding about half a pound and half an inch per week! Baby is likely head up at this point, and still has plenty of room to move around.
You This Week
While baby takes up more space, you might begin to notice some shortness of breath. This is normal. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals to stay comfortable. Once baby drops into the pelvis later in the third trimester, you’ll feel space around your lungs and diaphragm again—sweet relief!
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy: