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Your growing bundle of joy looks a lot like a baby at 30 weeks. There is a lot going on inside and out right now so hang in there.

Let’s take a closer look at the things happening to you and your baby this week.

How big is my baby at 30 weeks? 

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By 30 weeks pregnant, your baby will measure around 28cm from bottom to head and weigh almost 3lbs. That’s about the size of a cabbage!

What’s my baby doing at 30 weeks pregnant?

Your baby should now be almost fully proportional in size. Its head will still be quite oversized in comparison to the rest of the body and most babies will have moved into the head-down position this week, in preparation for labour.

The fluid surrounding your baby in the womb (amniotic) will start to reduce as your baby continues to grow. This may result in you feeling more of their movements, especially their kicking!

Week 30 of your pregnancy will also see your baby lose the hair that’s been keeping them protected and warm. This hair is known as lanugo. It is a fury coating that will start to disappear this week because your baby’s fat cells will start regulating their own body temperature.

You might notice that your stomach feels a little bit tighter this week. This is perfectly normal. It happens because your little one is spending more time curled up in the classic baby “foetal position”. Their head will be pushed forwards, resting their chin on their chest with their knees bent. Space is getting tight in mums stomach now!

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Changes in my body at 30 weeks pregnant?

Lots of mums report an increase in discharge in week 30 of pregnancy. This is perfectly normal but if it becomes thick and smelly see your GP to make sure it isn’t an infection. Some infections can prompt premature labour so don’t waste any time in contacting your GP to book an appointment.

Braxton-Hicks (false contractions) are often a common occurrence at 30 weeks pregnant. This is because your muscles are preparing for birth. False contractions can appear after physical activity, sex (whoo hoo!), or if you haven’t taken on enough fluid and become dehydrated.

It is important to keep an eye on the timing of your contractions. If you have more than 3/4 contractions in one hour, or your contractions are becoming a little more regular (or longer), contact your GP or midwife. This will allow you to rule out the possibility of premature labour.

Sleeping can become more and more difficult for many pregnant women at 30 weeks pregnant. This is because your bump gets in the way, or because you have pain in your pelvis and/or lower back. Many women also suffer heartburn, breathlessness and water retention. Remember to seek out help if you are concerned with any of these pregnancy symptoms.

Your baby’s bones are becoming stronger and stronger this week, which means that your calcium requirement is higher. You now need around 1200 mg/day. To make sure you get enough, make sure you incorporate various sources of calcium in the food you are eating throughout the day.

What you should be doing this week?

It might not be at the top of your to-do list right now, but keeping active while pregnant is important. Staying fit can help you to have a shorter, less stressful labour. As a general rule, it’s recommended that pregnant women do 130 minutes of exercise across the week.

If you need inspiration you could try aqua yoga, walking, pilates, & fencing (joking). If you are having a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy, then you should think about remaining active right up until the birth of the baby. 

There are lots of safe activities you can be doing at 30 weeks pregnant. Just be sure to talk to your midwife or doctor before trying something new.

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