Pregnancy

30 Week Ultrasound: Key Facts

Team Peanut8 months ago4 min read

If a 30 week ultrasound is on the cards for you, you’re in the home stretch of your pregnancy. How. Very. Exciting.

30 week ultrasound

At this point, there are only about 10 weeks to go. In less time than it takes to grow a pumpkin, you’ll be holding your baby on the outside rather than on the inside.

As you’re gearing up for this final phase, you’re no doubt brimming with questions. Like, have I bought enough newborn onesies? There’s no harm in getting another pack of five, right? While those are certainly highly important concerns, so too are questions regarding the final stage of your pregnancy—and one of the most pertinent of these is:

At 30 weeks pregnant, what on earth is going on inside of me?

We thought we’d help you out with that one. So, without further ado, here’s your quick 30 week ultrasound Q&A:

30 week pregnant ultrasound

Do you get an ultrasound at 30 weeks?

You will work together with your doc to determine when your ultrasounds happen and how many you get. Most mamas-to-be only get two during the duration of their pregnancy. If you are having a 30 week ultrasound, the main purpose of it will be to determine that the little squirt is growing as they should. Your doc will also check to see that the placenta is not blocking your cervix.

Is your baby fully developed at 30 weeks?

They’re certainly getting close to full baby size now. Organs are developed, as are bones and teeth. Weighing in at a whopping 2.9lbs (or the weight of THREE SOCCER BALLS), their main job now is to keep putting on weight for their big day.

What does a 30 week fetus look like?

So this part is more than a little awe-inspiring. A 30 week ultrasound will reveal a tiny being that looks pretty damn similar to the person you’re going to meet in approximately 10 weeks’ time. You’ll see a little nose, some pouty lips, tiny hands, and maybe even some open eyes. Aww.

Your doc might give you the choice between the following ultrasound types:

  • 30 week 3D ultrasound: This will allow you to see more than a simple profile of your baby. In fact, it will look quite like a photo. Let’s hope they put on something nice for the occasion.
  • 30 week 4D ultrasound: 4D actually shows movement. Like a video. We know. Insane. Their first starring role in a home movie.

So that’s your little one. But what about you?

You at 30 weeks pregnant

At this point, you might be feeling a little over it all. That little peanut is no longer a peanut and appears to be putting on weight every time you breathe in. While every mama’s experience is different, some of the things that could be part of your world at 30 weeks pregnant are:

  • Sleep deprivation. You try and sleep with three soccer balls in your belly! Getting comfy may feel like a downright impossibility. Pregnancy pillows do exist and can help, at least with the physical comfort side of things. As for the thoughts that are racing through your head at a million miles an hour? Meditation? Reading? Doing advanced math problems in your head? Do what works for you, but you might want to ditch the electronics before bedtime. They don’t pair well with sleep.
  • General feelings of overcrowding. And with good reason. (Remember the part about you having three soccer balls inside you?) Your not-so-little one hasn’t dropped down toward your pelvis yet, so they may be pushing against your lungs and leaving you short of breath.
  • Heartburn. But you’re likely used to that at this point, so let’s move on.
  • Mood swings and fatigue. That walking-on-sunshine feeling you may have glimpsed in the second trimester has given way to more of a Grinchy sort of number. Fine. Fine. Fine.
  • Swelling of literally everything. Like you’ve been blown up like a balloon. The feet may feel particularly, um, expanded.

Alright, Mama! We know: it’s a lot to deal with all at once. Not too long now, we’re rooting for you.

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