Your baby is using every week in the womb to get ready for her entrance into the world. Find out how she’s looking—and looking around—this week.
Mom's Tip of the Week
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Moisturizer can soothe stretch marks. There’s no magic way to completely avoid these tiny tears in the supporting tissue under your skin that appear as your belly expands to make room for your growing baby. But rubbing cocoa butter on them can ease their itchiness. What else might help: staying within the recommended weight gain for your size and gaining it slowly.
Your Baby at 30 Weeks
What's Happening in There
- Your baby at 30 weeks weighs about 3 pounds and is about 17 inches tall from head to toe. You can feel it in your belly—your baby is growing, growing, growing!
- She’s boosting her red blood cell count. Red blood cells continue to grow in your baby’s bone marrow. Make sure you’re getting enough iron (about 27 milligrams a day) to help support red blood cell production.
- She’s prepping for her first breath. Your little one is moving her diaphragm in practice for inhaling and exhaling air once she’s ventured outside of her current home.
- She’s continuing to plump up. Your baby is adding even more baby-fat pudge this week, making her skin smoother and less wrinkly.
- She’s taking in the sights. These days, your baby is keeping her eyes open a good chunk of time.
- She’s gaining and losing hair. Some babies have lots of hair on their head at this point. What she will soon be losing: the lanugo, or the soft hair that appeared all over her body around week 14 to protect her. Now that her fat cells are filling in, she doesn’t need that fuzz to keep her warm.
Baby Brain Waves
Your Baby’s Brain Is Developing
What’s going on this week? Brain power! At 30 weeks pregnant, your little one’s brain development is exploding this trimester. Grooves and indentations are developing on her brain that allow her brain tissue to keep growing and developing.
The issue: Did you know that getting docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is not only good for your baby but also good for you?
The solution: Learn more about DHA and the top sources of this nutrient for you and your baby.