30 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
30 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re 30 weeks pregnant now, and you’re at the stage where your pregnancy is very noticeable to others, which may be your ticket to get some special treatment – such as someone giving up their seat so you can sit. Strangers may also come up to you to comment on your growing belly (mostly nice comments but be prepared for the occasional insensitive or rude comment – some people just don’t have filters!). Strangers may also ask to touch your belly (although, some may not be considerate enough to ask first, so be prepared for that as well!). People just can’t seem to resist those pregnant bellies!
At 30 weeks pregnant, your baby is as big as a zucchini! Your little one should be measuring around 15.7 inches this week and should weigh in at around 2.9 pounds! From now until the end of your pregnancy, your baby will gain about half a pound and grow about half an inch each week!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 30
During your 30th week of pregnancy, you will continue to experience many of the symptoms you’ve been having for the last few weeks now – such as Braxton Hicks contractions. Your anxiety may be on the rise this week also simply because you’re getting so much closer to the big day of your baby’s arrival and you may be having some fears about early labor. Just know at this point, if your baby were to be born early, while he’d be small still, he’d have a great chance of survival!
Here are a few other symptoms you may experience at week 30 of your pregnancy:
- Strange dreams. It’s not unusual during pregnancy to have strange dreams. No one really knows why, but these dreams are chalked up to hormones and all the racing thoughts and concerns pregnant women think about every day. Your mind is on overdrive these days, which can lead to some pretty interesting – and even very weird – dreams that will make others give you the side-eye while you’re sharing the details of your dreams with them. Don’t take it personally!
- Trouble sleeping. Between the crazy dreams and the inability to find a comfortable position to sleep in, along with having to get up multiple times to pee through the night, it’s no wonder you’re losing sleep. This is one reason why you may feel extremely tired throughout the day – and the rest of your pregnancy!
- Heartburn. Heartburn is normal during pregnancy. Try to limit the types of heartburn-inducing foods you’re eating, especially during dinner or right before bed.
- Shortness of breath. The baby is crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to fully expand so you can get a nice, deep breath. Over the next few weeks, your baby will drop a bit lower into your pelvis, which will give your lungs the space they need to properly function, so you’ll finally be able to breathe again!
- Swelling. You’ve probably been dealing with the swelling for a couple of months now at least, but at this stage in your pregnancy, you’ll want to pay extra attention to the severity of the swelling and note if it comes on suddenly or is more gradual because sudden or severe swelling can be dangerous for you and the baby.
- Overall discomfort. Your whole body is going to ache and you’re going to be uncomfortable no matter what you’re doing. This will get worse before it gets better! Take a day and go get a massage – you deserve it!
30 WEEK BABY BUMP
You’re feeling as big as a house right about now, aren’t you? Don’t worry. That’s a fairly common feeling among all pregnant women in the third trimester. At this point, you should have gained somewhere around 18 to 25 pounds if you’re just baking one little baby. If you’re having twins, your weight gain should be a bit more – around 25 to 40 pounds.
When you go to the doctor for your 30-week appointment, he will measure the fundal height of your belly – remember, that’s the distance between your pelvic bone and the top of your uterus. At 30 weeks, the fundal height measurement should be between 28 to 32 centimeters for a singleton pregnancy.
30 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
While you probably won’t have an ultrasound at 30 weeks pregnant, if you were to get a little glimpse of your little one right now, you’d see that his skin is much less wrinkled by now because he’s getting fatter and filling out his skin, making it smoother!
His brain is changing shape this week, too. Up until now, his brain has had a smooth appearance. This is the week when it will begin taking on the grooves and wavy or wrinkled appearance that you see on adult brains.
While your baby is still in a head-up position this week, he will flip around soon so his head is pointing toward your pelvis. The baby’s digestive tract is just about fully formed at this point so he will be ready to feed when he’s born.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 30 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Hopefully by now, you’re finished with all the big major changes you’re making in your home in preparation for your baby’s arrival, but if not – you need to get moving on putting on those finishing touches! Here are a few other things you should be doing at 30 weeks pregnant:
- Make a practice run to the hospital. It’s a great idea to get in your car and drive to the hospital to see how long it will take you to get there. You should especially do this during rush hour traffic, so you’ll know the longest amount of time it’ll take you to get there. This is so you can plan accordingly for when you go into labor, so you don’t misjudge the time it takes and end up giving birth in your car!
- Schedule your 32-week prenatal visit. Some women forget that, at this point, their OB visits are every 2 weeks instead of once a month. Schedule your next appointment now so you don’t forget!
- Sam C's Editorial Team