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30 Weeks Pregnant

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide


No two pregnancies are exactly alike, but if you're pregnant at 30 weeks, here's what you can expect.

Your Body at 30 Weeks Pregnant

You're probably experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. These are “practice” contractions to help prepare your body—and your baby—for birth. You'll notice your belly tightening or hardening for a minute or two and then this will subside. It's completely normal.

Sleeping is probably difficult now that you're 30 weeks pregnant. Consider buying a special pregnancy pillow or just putting a regular pillow between your knees when you sleep to make yourself more comfortable. If you're experiencing leg cramps at night or during the day, support stockings and staying off your feet as much as possible can help these cramps subside.

When they're pregnant at 30 weeks, some women will be full into the nesting stage. This is often a compulsive need to clean or organize things before the baby is born. If you find yourself cleaning out the garage when you're 30 weeks pregnant, make sure to take frequent breaks and enlist some help if possible.

Your Baby at 30 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is now over 15 inches long! Also, your baby can hear most sounds that are going on outside your belly. You may find that she moves quite a bit when a certain song comes on the radio or if you're talking loudly.

human fetus at 30 weeks

If you were to have an ultrasound, you might see your baby at 30 weeks with open eyes. Your baby can actually see light and dark outside your belly, which helps her eyes adapt to the light once she's born. However, she can't yet feel pain or perceive changes in temperature, as those nerve cells aren't quite matured.

What to Consider When You're 30 Weeks Pregnant

Some healthcare providers choose to do an ultrasound at 30 weeks pregnant, especially if there are concerns with growth and development. If your doctor or midwife has ordered a scan when you're pregnant at 30 weeks, make sure that you bring your partner or a friend for support.

It's crunch time when it comes to deciding on a birth plan and pain medication for labor. If you haven't made these decisions, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to handle labor and what type of birth you want to have.

Babies can be quite portable when they're very little and many moms and dads are excited to take their baby on mini-vacations to visit new family members. If you're planning a trip with your new arrival, learn about some of the best travel tips and travel gear to make the trip easier.

If you've noticed an increase in vaginal discharge, this is normal. However, if the discharge has a funny smell or is yellow, talk to your healthcare provider.

What to Expect at 30 Weeks Pregnant