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30 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

2 years ago4 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

You’re 30 weeks pregnant and the home stretch is in sight. Congratulations, mama!

30 weeks pregnant

As your due date starts to come into view, your mind is no doubt swimming with questions about the little peanut that is by this stage rather snug in the home you’ve made for them.

So let’s take the guesswork out of pregnancy at 30 weeks, shall we? Here’s what you can expect:

What to expect at 30 weeks pregnant

30 week fetus

How many months is 30 weeks pregnant?

30 weeks pregnant is approximately 7 months pregnant. That means you’re in your third and final trimester. So how many weeks left at 30 weeks pregnant? About 10! Can you believe it?

Is your baby fully developed at 30 weeks?

Your doctor may want to do a 30 week pregnant ultrasound — and there you will see something that looks an awful lot like a human being. Their body systems are up and running. Now, they pretty much have one job: gain weight.

You may notice tiny little jerky movements. These are likely fetal hiccups. (The cuteness!) This is usually a good sign that your baby’s body is developing properly. Of course, if the jerks are happening every day or last for long periods, it’s always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider.

And just how big is your little one at this point? Well, somewhere in the region of 3 lbs. So next time you pick up a bag of potatoes or apples, a small household plant, or a laptop, just think — that’s about how much your baby weighs right now!

What position is the baby at 30 weeks?

At 30 weeks, your little one is probably head down, bottoms up. It may not always be easy to tell without the help of your doc, but some babies do let their mamas know their positions. You might be able to feel their shape if you press on your belly gently. And, of course, you might be able to tell where their feet are because you’re getting kicked in the ribs on a regular basis.

In most cases, a 30 weeks fetus is still pretty high up towards your rib cage and will only drop down in the very last stretch.

What happens if you give birth at 30 weeks?

Giving birth at 30 weeks is still very early and is considered preterm. However, even if your baby comes now, it will likely all be okay after some time in the NICU.

30 weeks pregnant symptoms

So, you may have felt that the first trimester was challenging, and the second trimester was a little more peaceful (and even blissful). Now you’ve entered the third trimester, and you may seriously be feeling it. Why? Because you might be experiencing some of these:

  • General urgh. If it’s on your body, it seems like it’s found a way to hurt. Hips, feet, belly, back. You’re totally allowed to moan as much as you need.
  • A sense of overcrowding. Feeling a little claustrophobic? A bit short of breath? Yup, all the prime real estate in your body is heavily occupied.
  • Burn, baby, burn. The heartburn is real. Keeping a food diary can help you stay on top of what might be responsible.
  • Pretend contractions. Your body is gearing up for the real thing with what are known as Braxton Hicks contractions. Usually all fine, but chat with your doc if you’re worried.
  • The pregnancy itch. Mmmm. Another fun one. Your skin is stretching and with that can come some dryness and itchiness. A good moisturizer should be all you need here.
  • Exhaustion. Because you can’t sleep. Because there’s all this stuff going on in your brain and in your belly. Because you’re about to have a freakin’ baby, okay?!

Your 30 weeks pregnant belly

The best thing you can do for that 30 weeks pregnant belly of yours is to show it love. Now is the time to indulge in all the self-care you can manage — because that self is in the middle of accomplishing a remarkable feat.

🤰 Read next:
31 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect
Your Pregnancy Week By Week Guide
What is the Fetal Position?

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