30 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide
Your Pregnancy at 30 Weeks: What's Happening in There?

30 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

Congratulations! You’re 30 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Check out this week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 30 of pregnancy.

With week 29 of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week 30. Enjoy it, as week 31 is on the horizon! 

One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is how many changes you’ll experience with your little one over the span of just 7 days! Here’s some tips and tricks to keep on top of all that’s happening.

At 30 weeks pregnant:

  • Your baby is the size of a zucchini.
  • You're into the seventh month and third trimester.
  • The countdown continues: you’ve got 10 weeks to go!

What happens during the 30th week of pregnancy?

  • Hands up, baby hands up: At week 30, your baby’s hands are fully formed with their fingernails now growing.
  • Shedding the hair: As your little one’s fat deposits develop, the need for the fine fur cover disappears and so does their soft hair (what’s known as “lanugo”).
  • A red blood cell factory: Now that the bone marrow has developed, your baby can now produce thousands of red blood cells to transport oxygen around that tiny body. And while baby’s making cells, make sure you’re getting enough iron (about 27 milligrams a day) to help support red blood cell production. If not, consider talking to your doctor about supplementing (especially if you haven’t been taking prenatal vitamins).
  • Eyes wide open: Between naps, your baby has those big eyes open in there.

What should I be feeling at 30 weeks pregnant?

  • In a word: heavy. Why? Your baby’s now accelerating in growth and weight gain, packing on half a pound a week for the next seven!
  • You’re back in the red zone for pregnancy symptoms. That second trimester was your honeymoon period, but it’s back to business now with all manner of aches, pains, and sickness potentially coming your way as you head into the last 10 weeks.
  • You may feel increasingly fatigued, so try to make time for cat naps and resting.

How big is your baby at 30 weeks pregnant?

30 Weeks Pregnant
Baby Weight 3 pounds
Baby Length 17 inches
Baby Size Comparable to a zucchini

Week 30 pregnancy symptoms

During week 30 of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. As your baby grows, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.

5 common week 30 pregnancy symptoms

  1. Between bouts of insomnia and a hungry child drawing upon your energy sources, you’re going to be feeling tired at this point. Do your best to practice proper sleep hygiene.
  2. Baby’s accelerated growth means extra stretch marks are par for the course. While there’s no cure, rubbing cocoa butter or moisturizer on them can help with any discomfort.
  3. You will be getting used to being constipated, but keep up the water and fiber.
  4. Put your feet up, those swollen ankles need a respite with the weight you’re carrying.
  5. The occasional, unexpected kick may catch you off guard–is that a future soccer star in there?

3 expert week 30 tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy

Being 30 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here’s some more expert-recommended advice on how to adjust to this new stage and keep you and your baby safe.

  • Walk this way: If you haven’t already, put away the heels for a while and switch to flats for your ongoing comfort, posture and health. Aim for shoes with study soles or insoles, compared to flip flops or flimsy shoes. You’ll need that support for when your dogs are barking!
  • Catch your breath: The pressure from your baby against your lungs is probably making you short of breath. If this happens, take a load off and sit until you feel like you have caught your breath. Once the baby repositions in the process of quickening in the coming weeks, you’ll breathe much easier. Quickening is the feeling of fluttering or twinges as baby moves around—different from actual kicks. It begins anywhere from 17-20 weeks pregnant (but every mom is different!) At this stage, they’ll be more pronounced. If the shortness of breath becomes severe, contact your doctor.
  • Be prepared: If you're feeling stressed about the upcoming due date, now’s the time to start making sure you have all your ducks in a row. Look into finishing the baby's room and taking stock of what's needed in terms of nursery items. It's also a good idea to start gathering information on feeding options immediately post-birth to feel prepped as the due date approaches. Also, review and confirm your delivery options for getting to the hospital quickly if your baby decides to appear early. Many women feel that having their ducks in a row can alleviate feelings of stress, which you'll want to avoid for baby's well-beings and your peace of mind.

Week 30 checklist: How to plan your pregnancy

Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

 
To-Do Complete
Schedule your week 32 prenatal appointment.
Double check that list of names—is one standing out?
Do a dress rehearsal for the big day—what will you pack, and who should be in the delivery room?

Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts, what to do, and now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you.

With week 29 in the rearview mirror and week 30 going strong, look to the future and what's coming up in week 31!