30 Weeks Pregnant
Starting to feel like a walking belly? Your 30 weeks pregnant belly is doing more than just making it tough to find a comfortable sleeping position—it’s made itself a conversation piece. Everywhere you go, someone seems to have a comment about how you look, which isn’t always so fun. And no doubt you’ve encountered one or two people who don’t think before they speak and say something embarrassing or hurtful (what’s up with that?). Try not to take those comments seriously, but know which ones should be taken to heart—like when someone tells you you’re glowing, believe them. You are!!
At 30 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a zucchini. Your 15.7-inch, 2.9-pound, 30-week fetus continues to grow about half a pound and half an inch each week, which is why your 30 weeks pregnant belly is feeling so tight.
Thirty weeks pregnant is over seven months pregnant. Once you look at 30 weeks in months, you’ll realize how close you really are! Just 10 weeks to go (give or take, of course!).
At week 30 of pregnancy, your dreams might be getting even weirder— if you’re actually sleeping, that is. That could be the result of hormones, but it could also be anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. One idea? Do a test drive to see exactly how long it takes you to get to the hospital. Then maybe you’ll stop having nightmares about giving birth in your car. Here are other common 30 weeks pregnant symptoms:
- Heartburn. If you’re feeling the burn, pay attention to which foods may be causing it. (Often, it’s greasy, heavy, spicy or acidic food.) Avoid them as much as you can, especially before bedtime, since this annoying 30 weeks pregnant symptom can make sleep hard to come by.
- Trouble sleeping. You’re tossing and turning because you can’t get comfortable, and because your mind is racing. It’s a vicious cycle that leads to another issue: fatigue.
- Swelling. A little puffiness is to be expected and will typically go down if you put your feet up for a while. Just know that sudden or severe swelling can be a sign of a problem, so keep an eye out for that.
- General discomfort. Thanks to your big belly, your back aches, your hips ache and your feet… well, they ache too!
- Shortness of breath. Those lungs just keep getting more crowded, right? Baby is still up high near your rib cage during pregnancy at 30 weeks but should drop down into your pelvis a little later in your pregnancy—maybe as soon as week 33 or 34. You’ll know when they do, because you’ll be able to take a deep breath again. Ah!
30 weeks pregnant: what to expect
At 30 weeks pregnant, a lot of those early symptoms are returning. Ugh. You’re probably starting to feel exhausted and moody again, and you need to pee all the time again too. This can be frustrating (which isn’t helped by the mood swings!), but with just 10 more weeks to go, you can do this. Rest as much as you can and find ways to take care of your physical and mental health.
Whoa! You might notice your 30 weeks pregnant belly getting pretty hard and tight at times. Yep, at 30 weeks pregnant, Braxton Hicks contractions are pretty common. These are your body’s way of gearing up for the main event (labor, of course). Braxton Hicks tend to happen after exercise or sex, or when you’re tired or dehydrated. If you get them, sit down or lie on your side, relax and drink water. If the contractions don’t stop, or if you have four or more in an hour, call your doctor. It could actually be preterm labor.
Total 30 weeks pregnant weight gain should be about 18 to 25 pounds. However, if you’re pregnant with twins, it may be more like 25 to 40 pounds. Fundal height—the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus—should be around 28 to 32 centimeters.
Worried about the weight gain? Don’t be. The extra pounds you’ve put on will act as reserves to help you breastfeed baby. There’s no need to agonize over them or to rush to take them off; it will have taken you nine months to put the weight on, and it will take at least that long to take it off. Do keep your eye on the scale, however, because sudden or drastic weight gain could be the sign of a serious pregnancy complication called preeclampsia, so you should notify your doctor right away if the number on your scale jumps higher than it usually does week to week.
What is baby’s position at 30 weeks?
During pregnancy at 30 weeks, baby’s position is most likely head down. Your 30-week fetus is floating comfortably in about 1½ pints of amniotic fluid. It may seem cramped in there, but they still have room to move around. Over the upcoming weeks, your belly will grow even further past your rib cage to accommodate baby, but they’ll still get a little more crowded as you approach your due date.
If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, you probably won’t have a 30 weeks pregnant ultrasound. But if you could see what baby’s up to, here’s what you’d find: Your 30-week fetus’s skin is now getting smoother, but their brain is getting wrinklier—that’s to make way for all that essential brain tissue. Your baby at 30 weeks is now strong enough to grasp a finger! That’s a skill they’ll certainly use post-birth.
Are you 30 weeks pregnant with twins? So far, your twins probably have been growing at the same rate as any other babies in utero. But sometime between now and week 32, they might slow down a bit.
Around week 30 of pregnancy with twins, your OB may order a biophysical profile to be taken of your babies. This is a combo of a 30-week ultrasound and a non-stress test (NST). For the NST, you’ll have sensors put on your belly to detect and measure your contractions and the babies’ heart rates. The test is designed to check how a baby’s heart rate responds when they move. If everything seems okay with the NST and the ultrasound, your doctor will rule out fetal distress and preterm labor to assure your twosome is doing just fine.
A look at baby in the womb at 30 weeks
If you could see into your 30 weeks pregnant belly, you’d see one cute 30-week fetus! By week 30, baby has a good amount of hair on their head and eyes that open wide to begin to distinguish what they see around them. Baby is also growing fingernails and continuing to practice grabbing by holding their feet or umbilical cord.
Wear forgiving shoes
The last trimester of your pregnancy is probably not going to be the most fashion-forward. Comfort reigns supreme, and your shoe situation should be no different. Your feet are probably swollen and achy most of the time, and tight shoes are not going to help the ouch, so find some shoes that have some give or leave room for your feet to expand.
Make sure you’re ready
It might seem early to get your go bag prepped and by the door, your carseat in the car and baby’s space all set up, but trust us, it’s better to be ready too early than too late (and you don’t want to have to try to remember all that while you’re in labor). Besides, getting everything ready is kinda fun!
Get familiar with the mucus plug
If you don’t know what the mucus plug is, now is the time to learn. In short, the mucus plug stops up the cervical opening and protects baby from any bacteria. Once it’s getting close to the time for baby to come, you’ll lose your mucus plug. This shouldn’t happen quite yet, but it’s good to know it’s coming since it’s, um, mucus-y.
Keep up with the Kegels
Doing your Kegels helps keep your vaginal and perineal muscles in good shape, which will be super helpful when it’s time to give birth. Kegels could also help you avoid peeing your pants, which, let’s be honest, is a real possibility these days.
Reminders for the week:
- Schedule your 32-week prenatal visit
- Arrange some help for baby's home arrival
- Practice a hospital run
Medical content was reviewed November 2020 by Sherry A. Ross, MD, an ob-gyn and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and author of she-ology and she-ology, the she-quel: let’s continue the conversation.