30 Weeks Pregnant

30 Weeks Pregnant

Revathi V Gopal
By Revathi V Gopal
The thirtieth week of pregnancy can be challenging, and, at the same time, you have only a few more weeks left to meet your little one. During this stage of pregnancy, you have to be extremely careful as you might be having a lot of challenges. These concerns can be both physical, psychological, and emotional. However, you have to take proper care to ensure that you remain safe during this time of pregnancy through your labor and beyond.
Other than that, your body will start showing different pregnancy symptoms as well, which is perfectly normal. However, you can always seek professional assistance if you notice any form of complications. Here, we will look into the different things that can happen during the thirtieth week of pregnancy and how you can take care of your well-being.

What Happens During Week Thirty of Your Pregnancy?

Similar to the previous weeks, your body will be undergoing tremendous changes. The hormonal fluctuations will have a drastic impact on you as it was during the first trimester. Here, we will focus on the different changes that happen to you and your little one in the thirtieth week of pregnancy.

Hormonal Changes and Pregnancy Symptoms

During this time, your body will be undergoing a lot of strain. It is because of the changes happening to you internally, especially to your blood vessels, bones, muscles, etc. Due to this, you will notice an increase in cramps and pains. It occurs because your body works for two if you are having a single baby. If it is twins or more, you might feel a change in the intensity of discomfort you have. Other than that, due to weight gain, you might have back pain as a symptom. Your angles and your feet will get swollen and result in pain.

Apart from these concerns you have, you might face heartburn and issues due to indigestion. They are common pregnancy symptoms that affect most women. It happens due to the relaxation of the pelvic muscles, which occurs due to the prevalence of pregnancy hormones.

Here, the muscles relax as a way of preparing your body for delivering your little one. Other than these symptoms, you might be finding it a challenge to sleep as you may not be able to find a comfortable position. It can even pave the way for insomnia for some women while they are pregnant.

Another concern that most women have during their 30th week of pregnancy is fatigue. It is because your baby will be becoming more demanding these days. These are the main changes happening to you while you are on the 30th week of pregnancy.

Bodily Changes

While you are in the 30th week of pregnancy, you will be feeling way more tired than usual. It is because your body is undergoing tremendous changes, and also your little one is rapidly growing. Here, you have to focus on getting enough sleep, which can be a challenge for most of you.

During this time, due to belly growth, you will be feeling clumsy and also tired. The changes in your belly happen because your little one takes up a large portion of the space in your uterus. Besides, your uterus will be even pressing to your lungs, which might make you feel uncomfortable while you sleep.

Other than that, you will notice that your skin will be stretching, which will pave the way for stretch marks. The chances of having stretch marks are higher when you are pregnant, and genetics have a huge role to play in this.

For instance, if your mom had them while she was pregnant with you, then there is a high chance that you might have them as well. They can be in a variety of colors, including purple, brown, pink, red, yellow, etc. These are the main bodily changes that can happen to you while you are 30 weeks pregnant with your little one.

Fetal Development

Your baby will be around 41 cm tall and weighs approximately 1.4 kg. Your little one's weight might even be more than this, depending on their growth. Here, your baby will be feeling warm because your little one will have got more fat in their body than in the previous weeks. Other than that, your baby will shed the protective layer of hair on the skin known as lanugo.

When it comes to the developments happening to internal organs, your baby's bone marrow will be doing the job of producing RBC. RBC or Red Blood Corpuscles play a vital role in your body as it helps in transporting oxygen. It is also helpful in removing waste materials during this process. Besides, your baby's lungs and brains will be attaining their finishing touch. Your baby's brain could control body movements as part of the advancements that happened during this time.

When it comes to your little one's lungs, it will be focusing on breathing. However, there is no air involved in this breathing process. Other than these changes, your baby's brain tissues will expand further, and there will be creases too. They will play a crucial role in the future expansion of the tissues.

Externally, your little one will be forming thicker eyelashes, eyebrows, and even hair. During this time, an ultrasound scan is not essential. However, your doctor might recommend a fetal non-stress test. These are the main developments happening to your baby during this stage of pregnancy.

Things to Take Care During the Thirtieth Week

When you are in the 30th week of pregnancy, you have to focus on your holistic wellness like any other week. From maintaining a healthy diet to taking part in kegel exercises, there are several things to enhance your well-being. Here, we will have a look at them in detail.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

During this time, you have to maintain a healthy diet by including protein and nutrient-rich food items. Here, you must have enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. Other than that, try to have potatoes, vegetables, lean meat, and cereals in your diet. Besides, you must include plenty of fluids in your diet as well. Here, you should drink eight to ten-ounce glasses of water. Along with water, you can also have fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and soups. However, it is best to avoid any drinks or food items with high sugar content in them.

Enhancing Your Physical Well-being

As part of focusing on your physical health, you have to stay active. For that purpose, it is best to try out pregnancy-friendly exercises. You can opt for walks, swimming, and even dancing. Based on your physical activity level, it can be beneficial for reducing your labor time. In general, it is best to work out for 30 mins daily, which you can divide into different sessions too.

Focusing on Your Mental Health

Similar to the previous weeks, you have to focus on your mental health. You can do so by bringing in some changes to your lifestyle. However, you have to remember that it is perfectly alright to feel stressed out and anxious during this stage of pregnancy. The reason for this is that you are approaching the dates for your delivery.

Other than that, mood swings can also have a drastic impact on your well-being. All these issues can take place when you find it a challenge to sleep as well. Lack of sleep can also affect your mental health. Under these conditions, don't hesitate to speak with your medical professional. Besides, during these weeks, there is a high chance of expressing depression.

Speaking with your Doctor

During this time of pregnancy, speaking with your doctor can be highly beneficial. Here, you can ask about episiotomies, which is a surgical procedure. The purpose of performing this process is to increase the opening for your baby's exit by creating a cut in the perineum.

Previously, you might have had Braxton Hicks contractions. However, now, it is time for you to ask your doctor and find how real contractions will feel. These are some questions to ask your medical practitioner while you are in the 30th week of pregnancy.

Other Tips

Here are some other tips that can help you take care of yourself and your baby while pregnant. By following them, you can enhance your well-being and take care of your little one.

  • It will be beneficial for you to include kegel exercises in your routine while you are 30 weeks pregnant.
  • During this time, you can also incorporate relaxation techniques into your routine. They can be meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, etc.
  • It is time for you to make birthing plans with your partner or your loved ones. Through this, you can ensure that you are on track and have no complications.
  • Since it can be challenging for you to sleep, it is best to use pillows. They can assist you in finding comfort while sleeping. Besides, if you have breathing issues while you try to sleep, especially shortness of breath, you can sleep in semi-seated positions.
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