Congratulations on week 30 of your pregnancy! During this beautiful phase of motherhood, this is a milestone you should be proud of.
Your baby is now approximately 39.9cm long, roughly the size of a cabbage. The baby’s eyes can focus now. After birth, they can focus on your face when you’re about 20 to 25cm away. However, tracking moving objects will take them about three more months.
You’ll likely feel more pronounced kicks and wriggles. Keep an eye on these movements as they indicate how well your baby is doing.
Your fatigue and discomfort will increase as you progress through your pregnancy. This is very normal. During pregnancy and hormonal changes, you may experience heartburn and indigestion. Heartburn and acid reflux are often common during pregnancy because of the pressure on your stomach as your baby grows.
You might experience difficulty sleeping and have vivid dreams. These dreams are influenced by hormones and any anxieties about the upcoming birth.
The baby’s eyes can focus now. After birth, they can focus on your face when you’re about 20 to 25cm away. However, tracking moving objects will take them about three more months.
In previous weeks we have recommended strengthening your pelvic floor muscles to prevent any leakage when laughing, sneezing, or coughing. If you haven’t started already, now is a good time to start with short daily exercises that are light and not demanding on your body. The best form of exercise at 30 weeks pregnant is walking.
Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health. Consider taking a daily supplement, especially during the months with less sunlight.
If you’re feeling anxious or low, seek support. Discuss your feelings with professionals or loved ones. If you’re feeling stressed, it’s essential to talk to your midwife or doctor.
After your baby is born, the NHS offers a series of newborn screening tests. These tests are crucial because they can detect certain conditions early on, allowing for timely intervention and treatment if necessary. If you have any concerns or need more information about these screening tests, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your midwife or doctor. They can provide detailed information and address any questions you might have.
This screening process is a proactive measure to ensure the health and well-being of your newborn. It’s always recommended to be informed and make decisions that are best for your child.
Each pregnancy is unique. If you have any questions or concerns, always consult with a healthcare professional. Take advantage of this special time and look forward to the weeks ahead!