By 30 weeks, you are well into your third trimester of pregnancy and your baby is preparing for life outside the womb.
Your baby’s height and weight won’t have changed much in the past week, but its brain is developing fast.
Until now, the surface of your baby’s brain was smooth. But now it is taking on the characteristic grooves and indentations, signs of an increased amount of brain tissue which the baby needs for life after birth.
Another big change is that your baby’s bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells which means he or she is better prepared to thrive on his or her own.
Lanugo – the soft, downy hair which covers the baby’s body in the early stages of pregnancy – is beginning to disappear as fat and the brain are now regulating the baby’s body temperature.
Expectant mums may experience a revival of some of the early pregnancy symptoms at 30 weeks like the need for regular trips to the toilet (because the baby’s head is now pressing on the bladder), tender breasts (as they get ready for milk production), tiredness and heartburn.
Other problems include flatulence, bloating and constipation, occasional faintness or dizziness, bleeding gums, stretch marks and mild swelling of the ankles and feet.
You may feel your baby moving every day by now, and you can expect more activity after you’ve had a snack or meal or when you are lying down.