Week 30 of Pregnancy: What to Expect

Your little one is nearly three pounds and growing at a fast pace. The eye lids can now open and close. The toenails of your baby are growing. The permanent teeth of the baby have developed and waiting in his gums.

At this time, you will also be able to distinguish between the sleeping and waking time of your baby. Your baby can recognize some familiar voices. Now the lungs of the baby are mature and capable of breathing air.

Your baby is getting big and is taking up more and more space in the uterus. This will decrease the volume of amniotic fluid in the uterus.

After the 30th week of pregnancy you may find it difficult to sleep due to uncomfortable posture. The best position to sleep is on your left side. This ensures an unobstructed blood flow to your organs and extremities. You can also opt for maternity pillows or full body pillows. When the heartburn gets nasty, try sleeping on the recliner chair.

One of the important things that you can do at this time is to exercise regularly. But do not over stretch yourself. Just go for some walk or swim for short distances. This will help you in maintaining your stamina and energy level. This also helps in reducing pregnancy related discomforts.

To fight heartburn, remain seated for at least 30 minutes after every meal. Eating smaller and frequent meals also help in keeping heartburn at bay. You should avoid very spicy, greasy and heavy foods.

Always consult your doctor before taking any over the counter medications for heartburn. Due to increase in the level of progesterone, you may feel very tired and clumsy. You may also have to make frequent trips to the bathroom due to increased pressure on the uterus.

Since your body is working so hard, it is important that you must take a healthy and well balanced diet. Include plenty of proteins, folic acid, calcium and iron in your diet. Stop taking iron supplements if you are suffering from constipation. Try and increase iron in your diet.

Take important notes in childbirth classes. Write down what you feel is important for you to remember.

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