At 30 weeks pregnant, your baby is rapidly growing and gaining weight. They are now around 17.7 inches long and weigh 5 pounds. Baby’s skin is becoming softer and smoother and they continue to add layers of fat that will help keep them warm once they are born.
Your baby’s organs are continuing to mature and their nervous system is rapidly developing. You may be able to see their eyelids opening and closing and may even feel their hiccups. The bones in their skull are still quite flexible and can move in response to outside stimuli.
You may be feeling more tired and uncomfortable due to the extra weight and may be experiencing more aches and pains in your back and legs. Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes and taking frequent breaks throughout the day can help manage any pain or discomfort.
It’s important to keep up with regular prenatal appointments as they’re the best time to talk to your care provider about how you’re feeling or any concerns you have about the pregnancy. You may also want to start discussing your birth plan and preparing for labour and delivery.
As always, be sure to take good care of yourself, drink plenty of fluids, and eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Take time throughout the day to rest and relax, lean into support from family and friends and connect with other expectant mothers for tips, advice, and encouragement. You’re almost there!