At thirty weeks pregnant, your baby’s more proportional than ever, your dreams are getting weird and there are many other bodily changes taking places for both mum and baby. Find out more about what else is happening to you and your baby at 30 weeks.
How big is my baby at 30 weeks?
This week, your baby’s the size of a cabbage, weighing in at three pounds and measuring nearly 16 inches long. She’ll keep gaining weight, at a rate of half a pound a week for the next seven weeks.
What’s my baby doing at 30 weeks pregnant?
By now your baby’s body parts will start to look more proportional. The only exception is their head, which will still be quite large compared to the rest of their body.
Their fingernails will be fully developed and will continue to grow in the womb, meaning that when they are born, they could be quite long and need cutting to prevent them from scratching herself.
Your baby is currently surrounded by a pint and a half of amniotic fluid, but as they get bigger and take up more room in your uterus, that volume will shrink. As they grow. the space in your womb gets more cramped, so you may feel fewer hard kicks than you used to a few weeks ago.
Their brain is changing too, not just growing, but changing in appearance, too. Once smooth, the vital organ is now maturing and developing those grooves and indentations you’d normally recognise in a brain. These changes will allow more brain tissue to develop.
Thanks to your baby’s developing brain and new fat cells regulating their body temperature your baby’s lanugo (the soft hair covering their body) will start to disappear, too.
There’s another change, too: your baby’s bone marrow has taken over from the tissue groups and spleen in producing red blood cells, another important step towards independence once they are born.
10 common symptoms to look out for at 30 weeks pregnant:
10. Feeling blue
A tenth of pregnant women battle depression in pregnancy
, and while it’s normal to worry about labour or becoming a parent, if you feel down a lot of the time, or feel agitated, anxious, nervous or irritable, talk to your doctor before those blue feelings become all-consuming.
What is my body doing at 30 weeks pregnant?
It’s not the kind of thing you want to be overheard talking about on the bus to work, but during pregnancy, the amount of discharge produced can increase. It should still look and smell the same as before. If it changes and becomes thick, smelly, profuse or changes colour, see your doctor to check if you have thrush or an infection. It’s important you get this checked out as some infections can increase the risk of premature labour.
Prevention methods? Wear breathable cotton underwear and avoid strong soaps or feminine washes as they disrupt the natural pH and growth of healthy bacteria in the vagina.
There might be some more unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, too, especially the ones you thought you’d left behind in early pregnancy, such as needing to pee constantly, tender breasts and heartburn.
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