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30 weeks pregnant

2015/04/06

Your baby at 30 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a large cabbage. Your little one weighs about three pounds this week and is a little more than 10.8 inches from crown to rump. Baby’s total length, including legs, is about 17 inches.

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 goes directly to 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 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 moisturizing lotion.

Looking for Dr. Right

It's not too early to start searching for a pediatrician, family physician, or nurse practitioner for your baby.–In fact, the earlier the better. It's important to find a provider with whom you're all comfortable since you'll be seeing him or her a lot (especially during your baby's first year). Ask your friends for recommendations and take the time to interview each candidate.

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.

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