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30 weeks pregnant – pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy Week by Week Calendar - 30 weeksNow you’re 30 weeks pregnant you’re probably thinking more and more about the impending birth and labour. It is a good idea to read up a little on what to expect but a bad idea to constantly be googling every possibility. Be informed but not frightened …

30 weeks pregnant – development guide

Your body

If you carry your baby to full term, you only have about 10 weeks to go until you get to meet your baby. Your blood volume has increased by approximately 2 litres since becoming pregnant, and you may experience fluid retention in the ankles, feet and hands. You may discover many of your favourite rings no longer fit your fingers, or need to be worn on a different finger.

Pregnant woman with visible uterus and fetus week 30With your ligaments loosening in preparation for birth, it is a good idea to ensure you maintain good posture. With your breasts and belly adding weight to your front, it is just as important to look after your back and your posture and not to overcorrect your spinal curve.

Your baby

Sized at approximately 38cm (head to rump), your baby now weighs around 1.5kg. Over the next few weeks, it will grow longer more than it will increase in weight.

Weekly development of a human fetus - week 30The brain is developing further, enabling your baby to absorb and learn at a great pace when outside the womb, and your baby will be actively storing nutrients from your body such as protein, iron and calcium for its own development.

Your baby will be starting to get into position for birth, with its head down towards the birth canal.

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3 things to do when you’re 30 weeks pregnant

Learn about the 3 stages of labour

If you’re starting to think (or stress) about the impending labour and birth then it might help to read our article on the Stages of Labour Explained. It is just the right amount of information – just enough to inform, not too much to frighten.

Ask your birth/labour questions in our forum

Chat and ask questions in our birth and labour forum section. It is free and confidential.

Hire a TENS machine

A TENS machine is a small portable device that transmits small electronic pulses to the body. They can be used as a method of pain relief during labour. They are not available routinely at hospitals but you can find somewhere to hire a TENS machine and other birthing/delivery aids in our directory.

This content is meant as a guide only. If you find anything worrying or unsettling, or experience any bleeding or spotting, contact your local GP, obstetrician or an emergency healthcare provider immediately.

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