30 Weeks of Pregnancy – Symptoms and Fetal Development

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With the days nearing t the final count, there is now a rush through the pages of a baby name book; the final paint to the nursery is just being finished. Soon the cribs will be moving in at full speed. The doctor has given the green signal to this week’s bundle of joy and thus the mother goes around happy. With time she realizes her struggle days are coming to an end.

Now she has a deep bond with her child resting in her and she privileged enough to support the power to bring a new life to earth. Due to medical reasons, the entire nine months have been separated to weekly checkups and monitoring assuming the entire process to take up 40 weeks. With the 30th week rolling in, the ultrasound this week will reveal some new developments of your fetus along with some new changes in you too.

30 weeks of pregnancy

The weeks are separated into three stages. The first the second and the third trimester. Week 30 is considered into the last of the trimesters when even the mother goes through some changes. While the second trimester was somewhat peaceful, this trimester may be not so.

What to Think About This Week:

Now she has a deep bond with her child resting in her and she privileged enough to support the power to bring a new life to earth. Due to medical reasons, the entire nine months have been separated to weekly checkups and monitoring assuming the entire process to take up 40 weeks. With the 30th week rolling in, the ultrasound this week will reveal some new developments of your fetus along with some new changes in you too.

Fetal Development of the Baby:

Brain Ahead:

The 30th week of pregnancy is considered in the third trimester which is the last trimester before the arrival of the baby. At around this time the baby’s brain starts to develop and form into a more confined human brain shape. All this while what was just a simple smooth surface now shows the development of the wrinkled mass we call brain. These wrinkles are called convolutions which indicate the growth of cells in the brain. With the ongoing cell formation increasing, the brain shows greater functions.

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Skin Care:

When the fetus is first formed in the body, the ultrasound would reveal a rather skinny skeleton figure small human where the rib cage and hip girdles formed a month or so ago can be prominently identified. But by the end of the 30th week you would notice your baby bump getting heavier and heavier. This is because by now your baby would probably weigh somewhere around 1.3 kg give or take. Most of this weight is responsible for the fat layers developing underneath his skin now. These layers would soon fill up your baby and the crinkly saggy skin would be petite and fit in no month’s time. Also the lanugos, the soft brown hair covering the fetus’s body protecting it from harsh frictions are starting to wear off revealing the soft baby skin as he gears up for leave.

Gift of Vision:

By the 30th week your baby has been granted the gift of vision already. As she flitters her eyes open and shuts them, if you are lucky enough you can catch this action on ultrasound. However the iris of the eye still due to lack of pigment has no color the reason why it might seem white or light in color. She can now survey the area she has been housing in all this time. With time the light sensitivity develops.

Blood Production:

At the initial stage the baby’s blood was produced by the liver. The sole reason was the improper growth of the bone marrow at the initial stage the reason why the liver was all this producing the red blood cells. Now in the 30th week you will notice your baby’s bone marrow strengthening. With this the marrow starts producing stem cells. This is one of the most important functions of the human body which the baby is now mastering. These stem cells once released gets broken down into the red blood cells which is our blood, the white blood cells which the baby develops for its own inner protection and the platelets too.

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Breathe Free:

All this time the baby was using the assistance of the mother to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon-di-oxide which was then released through the mother itself. The 30th week announces the proper working of the lungs and the trachea or wind pipe the reason why the baby now can breathe on its own even though with the mother’s help.

Position in Point:

Your baby has now taken his position, the one he will push himself out of soon from his uterus in. It can be either upside down, or more towards the pelvic region edged. It can also be the one where he is bent on his knees and his chest and arms are close together.

Symptoms of 30th Week Pregnancy and How to Overcome:

Eat Better:

Now the mother’s to do list should have more in the top priority. The baby wants to grow now, wants to fill the gap between his bones and skin and that is why this time the baby will be taking a larger bite out of that food you are eating. This is also the important time to keep your desires and pang at bay and focus on nutrition more. Whatever you consume will directly land up on his plate. Your diet should include things like salads, beans and fruits. This will help your pregnancy and food cravings both, by providing your nutrient needs a good go.


At around this time you as a mother may feel a slight shortage of breath which might increase at times especially when you lie down maybe. This is not a mandatory symptom even though it has been seen quiet in some mother to be. This is because the amniotic fluid in your uterine holding is reduced to a liter because of the growing baby inside. With less of space, the baby pushes upwards into the stomach which in turns pushes the diaphragm up. This causes less space for the lungs to expand leading to shortage of breath. The best way to temporarily fix your issues is to carry around tissues everywhere with you, so that wiping off your nose isn’t a problem. Do make sure you do not carry a handkerchief, since those can be bacteria filled and make things worse for you with infections that they lead to. With these tissues in hand, hold one nostril and try to open the other blocked nose by forcing air through it. It will work, but don’t forget to catch the mucus instead of letting it fly around.

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This is the idle time for the mother to be, to be in a serious mesh of common home health troubles. This includes irregular bowel movements or frequent urination mixed with a loud appetite. Now with the pregnancy the estrogen levels in your body are going wild and this can be the reason for a common indigestion problem. Try to minimize the production of gastric acid by keeping your diet in check. That should work in your favor just fine. Another way to overcome this situation is limit your liquid intake. Does not mean you stop drinking water entirely, but instead rely on natural sources for hydration, like fruits and soup. These liquids are denser and hence take longer to be broken down by the excretory system. This can curb your urge to rush to the washroom every few minutes.


With the baby bump stretching more and more the muscles in your lower abdomen and uterus stretches to its limit the reason why the skin starts to split. This may cause a heavy episode of itching. This is the early stage to stretch marks but do not scratch it to your fulfillment since scratching it would make things all the more worse. The best way is to apply cream on it and massage it. If that doesn’t work, your cold compress should help handle the situation a little.

Extreme Dizziness:

The sudden changes that your body is undergoing might be harder for you to deal with. You need to bring a subtle slow motion in your pace of work, and for your own good. You will find yourself needing rest every now and then without working too hard and your emotions and brain will tire you as well mentally. The best way to overcome these issues would be to take care of your general health and ask for tips from your family members who have been in the situation before you. Also, you need to cut yourself some slack and relax whenever you get the chance.

30th Week Activities:

At this stage, you need to be very cautious about every move of yours, since you are being at risk of premature birth at every stage. Most of your activities should be restricted to being around the home and checkups. You need to keep track of the excess bleeding and abdominal pains as well. If they go away soon, those were probably signs of false labors. Otherwise though, you need to call your doctor right away.

Diet and Exercise for the 30th Week:


  • Folic Acid: You will see your baby’s nervous system as the first thing developing. And it needs a lot of folic acid for the same. Indulge in foods like grains, vegetables, bananas and beans.
  • Iron: Blood is something that is needed in crucial amounts for the development of your baby. Iron rich food like potatoes, dry fruits, spinach and soybeans are a good idea to keep in your grocery list.
  • Calcium: It is a good nutrient for your baby’s strong bones. Almonds, milk, broccoli are good sources of calcium.
  • Vitamin C: Heard of collagen? Yes, it is the substance that helps tend to your baby’s cartilage. It repairs your little one’s tissues. Vitamin C rich fruits include mangoes, oranges, broccoli, peppers, strawberries and papaya.
  • DHA: Your baby needs healthiest of the fats like Omega 3 fatty acid. DHA is one of the major components, needed for your child’s development. Fish, Eggs and lean meat are a good source of DHA.


  • Squats will leave more space for your pelvic region expansion. Add that as a first on your 30th week exercise list.
  • Walking is a habit that you shouldn’t abandon even if there is a baby in your way. Taking a walk in the park always helps you de-stress.
  • The usual stretching cannot miss out on the list of pregnancy exercises no matter what the month, since it is one of the safest ones in form and the easiest one.
  • Kegel exercises help increase flexibility in your vaginal area, so that the delivery is less painful for you.
  • Swimming or cycling can be your preferred weight loss regime as well. It keeps you equally fit as the others on the list.

Sex During Pregnancy in 30th Week:

There will be ups and then there will be downs. So much on your mind and constant cravings and mood swings to deal with, you will be on a bad position when it comes to sexual libido. If your pregnancy is high risk, steer clear of any sexual activity this month, since it can lead to premature birth. Consult your doctor otherwise and if he gives you the green signal, there is no reason to let go of the chances that will bring your partner closer to you when you need his support the most. A little intimacy will take you a long way. There must be so many unexplained emotions creeping out of you. With those mood swings will come your sudden desire of sexual activity. As it goes on the high, talk to your partner and engage in an easy position. Don’t worry about your baby, he is well shielded by the sac.

Tips To Overcome Stress during Pregnancy:

  • Try to talk to your baby and the rest you need for him to develop in your womb. Now is the best time for you to relax. Trust us, your baby will thank you later. He will also recognize your voice that way. Nothing will make you happier.
  • Talk to your doctor about everything for that extra reassurance you need to overcome the stress in your head about something that needs more support and talking. Not only will that clear things up for you, but also make it easier for you to know where you are heading.
  • Keep attending your prenatal classes the most now, since you need to know all you can about where you are heading.
  • Exercise well, since it might improve your mood. You can indulge in yoga and meditation as well, if your stress is severe.
  • Prepare for the birth nice and steady to overcome last minute anxiety. Talk about the place of giving birth and the birth being caesarian or normal from beforehand with your partner.

Medical Treatments and Checkup:

Medical treatment will be routinely at this stage and your doctor will maintain regular checks for the usual baby monitoring. This means more of ultrasounds and less of blood tests. Some of the over counter medicines that do not interact when pregnant and can be safely taken are:

  • Soreness: Acetaminophen. Dont indulge in Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
  • Allergy: Antihistamines and Ioratidine. Do not even bother to make use of Pseudophedrine and
  • Decongestants like Phenylephrine since they might interact.
  • Cough: Dextromethorphan.
  • Constipation: Metamucil. Avoid laxatives and mineral oil.
  • Heartburn: Antacids should be your friend for the 30th week.

Tips and Precautions:

  1. You will notice a reduction in your funny feelings like metal taste or food cravings. This is because your child who was once developing rapidly is now taking it slow. It is normal, however if something unusual happens, inform your doctor.
  2. Sunscreen is your friend, now more than ever. You little one needs it dearly.
    You do not want indigestions to bring you down. Which is why, you have to finish your dinner at least 2 hours before sleeping.
  3. Your posture needs to be correct now, since even the slightest mistake in your center of gravity and make you fall and harm your baby.
  4. Underweight baby risks threaten mothers with less than 10 hours of sleep. Do make sure your sleep hours are long enough.

A positive circumstance will most certainly affect you well. Keep yourself surrounded by likeminded people, and make the most of your time resting, while you still can. Medical treatment will be routinely at this stage and your doctor will maintain regular checks for the usual baby monitoring. This means more of ultrasounds and less of blood tests. But as long as you can get your mind through that, this week will pass by easily. Pregnancy at this stage is getting better with time. You are coming in terms with the responsibility and seriousness of the situation. Cheers to you and your ‘soon to see the world’ baby!

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