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Week 30


Pregnancy week by week


At 30 weeks, your baby is about the size of a cabbage

What happens when you are 30 weeks pregnant?

Your Baby

By 30 weeks your baby's head-to-bottom length is about 33cm. She's very active because there is still plenty of room for her to move around, so mums may feel lots of kicking. Your baby is starting to learn new skills like sucking and swallowing because there is lots of brain development happening at this time.

Mum and Dad

If you haven't already decided, now might be a good time to start thinking about what kind of birth you would ideally like. Discuss your feelings about the labour with your midwife or doctor, who will be able to tell you about the hospital's policies and facilities. Some parents prefer to write a birth plan, as it helps them to feel more in control of the labour. This could just be a few lines about what kind of pain relief you feel comfortable with, what position mum would prefer to be in during delivery and what you want to happen after baby is born.

Stay Healthy

As mums belly really beings to expand, the skin is being stretched quite tightly and can start to feel itchy. Your partner can help by gently rubbing a simple moisturising cream into your belly, such as aqueous cream or calamine lotion. Occasionally, mums may get itchy feet or palms as well - this is thought to because of higher levels of hormones during pregnancy.