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30 Weeks Pregnant
April 6, 2021

30 Weeks Pregnant

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30 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 30 Weeks?

Your baby is 15.7 inches long and weighs 2.9 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a bike helmet.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 30 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 30 Weeks

As your baby continues to grow, the amniotic fluid they’ve been living in also helps with their development—particularly their lungs and digestive system as they begin to breathe and swallow (yep, they’re breathing and swallowing fluid!). See what’s happening with their development at 30 weeks.

  • Weight gain: Your baby will be putting on half a pound a week for the next 10 weeks!
  • Kick counts: As baby grows, their movements may start to change. You’re still doing your kick counts, right? Do your kick counts around the same time every day (try for when your baby is typically most active), and record baby’s movements and how long it took to reach 10 of them. You’ll begin to notice a pattern of what’s normal for your baby. If you notice less movement—or none at all—call your healthcare provider.
  • Lungs: This week your baby’s lungs are getting stronger in preparation for their first breath.

Fun Fact

About 4 million babies are born in the US every year.

30 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound


💛 Congratulations 💛

You have only 10 weeks left!

Your Body: 30 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

As your third trimester continues, you may find that some old familiar symptoms from your first trimester are returning. You may also feel like you’re a lot hungrier around now, too, which can make symptoms like heartburn more challenging. Here’s what else you may be experiencing this week.

  • Heartburn: In the third trimester, heartburn comes back because your uterus is pushing up on your stomach. (Oh hello, old friend…) Remember to eat smaller meals, and wait to lie down for an hour after eating and avoid greasy foods.
  • Mood swings: Feeling like Jekyll and Hyde? Mood swings are very common in pregnancy because you might be stressed out about your impending life change, and your hormones are off the charts. Remember to go easy on yourself and don’t take on too much, whenever possible. Try to do things that make you feel good, whether it’s going for a walk, spending times with friends or taking a nap.
  • Sleep: At 30 weeks pregnant, sleeping may be difficult. That burst of energy you may have felt during your second trimester might be on the wane. If you’re having trouble sleeping, pregnancy pillows can your friend. Keep the room dark, ditch the screens before bed and try to keep your bedtime consistent.

Top Tip for 30 Weeks Pregnant

At 30 weeks pregnant, check in with your HR department and get a maternity leave checklist of everything you will need to provide and who you will need to provide it to in order to qualify for leave coverage.

Your Life at 30 Weeks Pregnant

As your due date nears, let’s get practical for a minute. These proactive tips will help you now and once your baby is born.

  • Mat leave planning: You’ve already told work you’re pregnant, but now it’s time to figure out the logistics of your maternity leave. If neither your state nor your employer covers family leave, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of taking unpaid time off. How much time will your employer accommodate? How much time can you afford?
    If you’re fortunate to have paid family leave either through your state, employer or both, you’ll need to connect with your HR department or your state’s disability leave program to determine what your next steps should be. Here’s an educated guess: It’s probably going to involve a lot of paperwork. Keep everything you sign in case you need it later, and set reminders on your calendar for any deadline-based documents.
  • Gear to get: White noise machines aren’t just for babies! These little devices can be a huge help when it comes to improving sleep. Get one now to help you catch those oh-so important third-trimester ZZZs. Once the baby’s born, you can use it in the nursery or to help you rest more deeply during any baby-free naps you manage to snag. Here’s a favorite.
  • Keep laughing: As if you needed a reminder to laugh! But seriously, laughter is associated with stress reduction, muscle relaxation and increased immunity, all things someone who’s pregnant can use more of in these last weeks. One of the best ways to guarantee a good laugh? A stand-up special. How about Jim Gaffican’s Noble Ape or Ali Wong’s Hard Knock Wife?
  • Postpartum prep: Here’s a little secret about breastfeeding: If you decide to do it, once you get it down, it can be kind of…monotonous. This is even more true of pumping. Keep yourself entertained during those seemingly endless hours by investing in an e-reader or tablet. You’ll be able to read or stream your latest show with just one hand anywhere in your home, day or night. Good wireless headphones help too.

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Your 30 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Typical weight gain at 30 weeks pregnant is about 18 to 25 pounds total. Sticking with about a pound per week, you’ll probably gain 10 or so more pounds by the time you hit your due date.

If your healthcare provider measures fundal height (the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus) at this week’s appointment, it should measure about 28 to 32 centimeters. You may start to feel your uterus grow so your belly extends past your rib cage.

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30 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Go to your week 30 prenatal visit.
  • Begin preparing for your maternity leave. Paperwork, yay!
  • Unfortunately, sleep doesn’t get easier from here on out. Sneak in as much rest as you can and consider buying a white noise machine.
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