30 Weeks: Baby Bump & Pregnancy Update

Since it’s been a few weeks since my last pregnancy update, I thought I’d start this post off with a long-overdue “baby bump” photo. The following before-and-after includes a shot taken towards the beginning of the pregnancy compared to one taken last week:

12 weeks (left) and 29 weeks (right).

It’s funny — when that first picture was taken, I was already starting to feel bloated and frumpy, and now I look at it and think “Wow, how was I that skinny?”

Anyway, I mentioned a variety of new symptoms in my last pregnancy update post, and there haven’t been many new ones to add. If anything, I’ve actually been feeling pretty lucky to (so far) avoid some of the pitfalls that I’ve heard are common during this stage of pregnancy. For instance:

No trouble sleeping — Happily, sleep hasn’t been an issue for me at all so far, even though I’ve heard that it can be difficult to find a comfortable position and such in the third trimester. Most nights I’m out cold within minutes of lying down, and even though I’ll typically wake up once or twice to run to the bathroom, so far it’s been easy to fall right back to sleep afterwards.

No back pain — I’ve mentioned having some stiffness in my hips, and my right knee is sore sometimes just for randomness’ sake, but so far my back hasn’t been bothering me at all. Maybe I’m just not huge enough yet for this to be an issue, though — it’ll be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.

Keeping physically active — I’m not exactly hitting the gym, but I do quite a bit of walking — about two miles on a typical day. Even though it can be tiring, it feels good to be out and about, and I know it’s healthy for me and the baby to get some exercise.

All that being said, the various symptoms I mentioned last time are still around. My feet still have a tendency to get pretty swollen, to the point that I couldn’t even get my flip-flops on last weekend, so I’ve been spending more time lounging around with them propped up on pillows. The heartburn has actually subsided a little, though still fires up occasionally. And my weight gain is up to around 40 pounds as of my last doctor’s appointment, though since I haven’t been lectured about it by any medical professionals, I’m content enough to let it be.

Oh, and I passed a pregnancy milestone today: for the first time, a random stranger on the street came up and touched my belly. From various stories I’ve heard, this seems pretty common, but still… Am I alone in thinking it’s a little weird that people feel it’s appropriate to do that?


  1. It seems to be a cultural thing, and to a lesser extent, an age thing. Old ladies and children can get away with it almost anywhere, and from what I have heard from students (back in the EHS days), it’s commonly done in Hawaii and the Phillipines. Something akin to patting a Hotei/Buddha belly for luck, the cultural reason. In Chicago, I think it’d be a bit forward for anyone other than the youngest (natural curiosity) or the VERY elderly. Any males between 8-80 deserve whatever kind of kick you want to deliver, LOL!

  2. Aww!!! You look beautiful!!! Don’t worry too much about the weight. You’re still young enough to be able to slim back down pretty quickly. Breastfeeding helps with that as well. Yes, I do think it’s a little odd that strangers still come up and pat pregnant women’s bellies. It just seems like an invasion of your personal space to me. Anyway, I’m glad that you are doing so well! We’re getting really excited and can’t wait!

  3. One thing that might help with the swelling, besides putting your feet up more, and wearing compression socks (Dr. Scholl’s for Women Airport socks are best IMHO), is to drink more green tea. It’s slightly diuretic, but unlike cola and coffee, has added antioxidant benefits. Of course, ask your OB about it, in case there’s newer info out there!

  4. You do look beautiful! I think you’re pregnant! And those who pat your tummy will probably want to pat the baby when it’s here, too. I’d be concerned about that. Maybe carry lots of wipes!

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone! Yeah, to me the belly-touching seems like a personal space issue, although it’s really interesting to hear how the matter is viewed in other cultures.

    As for the feet swelling, I’ll definitely check out those socks if it continues to be a big problem and elevating them isn’t sufficient. :)

  6. I’m 40lbs too and I’m loathing it! I so wish I was walking! At this point I’m too exhausted to walk down the neighbors house!! Keep up the good work!!

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