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30 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 30 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a large cabbage (length: 15-17”; weight: 1.3kg).

Making headway. Your baby's brain continues its incredible development. This week, the brain begins to take on its distinctive wrinkled appearance. These wrinkles are called convolutions, and they allow the brain to hold more brain cells. Lanugo, the ultra-fine hair that covered your baby's body, starts disappearing.

A shared meal. The calcium from the milk you drink help in building baby’s bones. Likewise, the iron in your prenatal vitamins and the iron-rich foods you eat boosts iron supply, which will last until baby is six to nine months old. Protein in your diet is also crucial now because it supports healthy cell growth throughout your baby's body.

Your pregnancy at 30 weeks

The seventh-month itch. The stretching skin on your belly may start itching. This itching is another normal pregnancy side effect, but keep in mind that scratching only makes it worse. Instead, try massaging your abdomen gently with a moisturising lotion.

Start shopping! Start to think about baby items you may want – hitting 30 weeks is a 10 week countdown so this is the perfect time. Don’t feel you have to buy everything new: ask friends for a loan of a cot and look for great condition second hand items online. It is important though to buy a brand new mattress.

Did you know? Your baby is really starting to pack on the pounds. In the remaining weeks of pregnancy, baby will double or triple in weight! As a result, this is the period of your pregnancy when you’ll gain the most weight as well. If you are concerned how much weight you are putting on, speak to your midwife.

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