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Your Baby at 30 Weeks Pregnant

Baby’s growth and size

Weighing right around 3 pounds this week and measuring about 16 inches in length, packing is really starting to pack in on during these last few weeks.

What’s new developmentally? 

Baby is really starting to fill out and put on some weight and will continue to do so over the next 10 weeks. Baby’s skin cells are producing melanin, which gives skin its color. 

Most melanin production actually occurs after birth with skin tone being fully developed around the 6-month mark. 

Your baby’s brain is growing at a super-fast pace these days. It was once smooth but is now developing the grooves and indentations that resemble an adult brain. 

Another big development taking place around this time is the production of red blood cells. Baby’s bone marrow has completely taken over the production, which is a big step towards thriving outside the womb.

Fun facts about your week 30 baby

  • Baby’s hair is starting to thicken – some babies are even born with a full head of hair
  • Baby can now differentiate between light and dark
  • Baby will be packing on about half a pound per week for the next 7-10 weeks


Week 30 of Pregnancy 

Week 30 pregnancy symptoms


More Week 30 Info

30 weeks pregnant ultrasound

Many of those pesky first trimester symptoms are paying you another visit right around now. Now that baby and your uterus are both bigger, there’s a good chance they are putting more pressure on your bladder. 

This means that you’re probably making more trips to the bathroom, and you can unfortunately expect that to continue over the next several weeks. It can be easy to forget this but be sure you are taking care of yourself. As your belly gets bigger and you get closer to your due date, you might be feeling all kinds of emotions. 

Try and find a couple relaxation techniques that work for you. If you haven’t found one that works for you yet, consider meditation, prenatal yoga, listening to music, going on a walk, or a prenatal massage. 

Pregnancy is exhausting and taxing on the body, you should seize any opportunity you can to rest and not feel the least bit bad about it.

30 weeks pregnant symptoms not to ignore

There are a few things you should notify your OB provider about if they happen. I know I mentioned that mild swelling of your feet and ankles is normal in pregnancy, but there are times that swelling can be a cause for concern. 

One thing you might be at risk for at 30 weeks, and really any point during pregnancy, is preeclampsia. If your swelling is severe or if it is accompanied by a headache that won’t go away, vision changes, sudden weight gain, stomach, shoulder, or lower back pain, sudden nausea, or shortness of breath or chest pain, it could be something more serious going on and you need to be evaluated. 

Other symptoms not to ignore include a decrease or change in fetal movement, any kind of vaginal bleeding, if you think your water might have broken, or an intuition that something might be off. 

The last thing we want you to do is sit around your house and worry when you can easily be evaluated and have a peace of mind.

Diastasis recti 30 weeks pregnant

Diastasis recti is a fairly common condition in both pregnant and postpartum women. Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles during and after pregnancy. 

As your uterus expands during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are stretched and the line of tissue that runs down the middle thins and eventually pulls apart. The weight of your uterus and baby during pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on your abdomen. 

This pressure stretches the abdominal muscles and pushes them out. Most common in the third trimester, diastasis recti usually goes undetected until the postpartum period. 

It can be difficult to diagnose it during pregnancy because it’s often hidden by your uterus, but there is a self-test you can do to try and detect whether or not you have it going on. 

For more information about diastasis recti, how to perform the self-test, and treatment, be sure to check out my post below.

30 weeks pregnant very thirsty

Have you been feeling extra thirsty lately? There’s a good chance you’re not just imagining it. You are hydrating for two so you definitely want to make sure your water intake is sufficient. 

The recommendation is to drink as much water needed to keep your urine a pale yellow or clear in color. This typically comes out to be somewhere around 10 ish glasses a day. Depending on the climate where you live and the season, you might even need more than that. 

Your body needs extra fluid during pregnancy to support baby’s development. If you find yourself feeling really thirsty, here are some tips that can help: 

  • Invest in a big cup and keep it with you and filled at all times
  • Try flavored water if the taste of plain water is doing it for you, consider fruit – most fruits have a lot of water in them
  • Make sure the water is the right temperature for you – some like it freezing cold with ice and others prefer more room temperature

For more information about water consumption during pregnancy check out this post.

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30 Weeks Pregnant Belly


Tips for 30 Weeks Pregnant

  • Continue working on your baby registry and nursery
  • Invest in a belly support band – my personal favorite 
  • Keep using that pregnancy pillow – I have a couple on my Amazon Storefront to help you narrow your search
  • Take your babymoons if you plan on taking one
  • Baby shower logistics if you plan on having one
  • It’s never too early to start looking into childcare options – trust me on this one, mama, preschools and daycares fill up fast 
  • Treat yourself to a prenatal massage or pedicure this week – you and your mental health deserve it! 
  • Talk to your manager or HR department about maternity leave 
  • Contact your insurance company about maternity leave and FMLA
  • Start thinking about whether a doula might be right for you 
  • Sign up for a birth class – there are SO MANY out there but I actually have online natural, epidural, and C-section courses that you can take all from the comfort of your own home, so check them out here
  • Sign up for my free second trimester prep pack to receive my second trimester checklist, baby registry checklist, and old wives’ tales checklist! 
  • Sign up for MLN weekly pregnancy updates to stay up to date on everything going on with your pregnancy. So much good information and it’s all free! 


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