Week 30 of Your Pregnancy

A look at your body, your baby, and more

Welcome to week 30 of your pregnancy. You only have 10 more weeks to go until baby arrives. Your baby isn’t shy about taking up all the room it needs—and it may be just about out of space to claim at this point.

week 30 pregnancy highlights
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Your Trimester: Third trimester

Weeks to Go: 10

You This Week

A couple of first-trimester symptoms have likely returned by week 30—namely, fatigue, and mood swings. The extra weight you’re carrying can drive exhaustion alone, but there’s a good chance that a lack of sleep is also doing a number on your energy levels, too.

Sleep starts to suffer again now thanks to baby’s shifting position; an uptick in frequent urination at night; and good old-fashioned worry and excitement about the big life changes upon you. All of the above also spurs mood swings.

At the same time, your body is busily churning out the hormone relaxin. Its job is to loosen ligaments and bones in order to help baby make a smoother exit. But this hormone, plus weight gain, can also make your feet bigger. In fact, a 2013 study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation found that about 60 percent to 70 percent of women had longer and wider feet post-pregnancy. And unlike many pregnancy-induced body shifts, this one does not reverse once your baby is born. Instead, this change is normally permanent.

Finally, if you’ve been experiencing the occasional racing heart, it may subside a bit by now. During pregnancy, the amount of blood your heart pumps (also called your cardiac output) increases by 30 percent to 50 percent, speeding your heart rate. However, this week, your cardiac output decreases slightly. (During labor, it goes up again.)

Your Baby This Week

Your uterus is pretty crowded right now, hosting a 3-pound baby who stretches to about 15.15 inches long. To ensure that baby has the room he or she needs to continue growing, your uterus will likely begin to expand underneath your rib cage right about now.

At the same time, the soft and downy hair called lanugo that has covered your baby’s body for weeks begins to fall out by around week 30. At birth, however, some spots of lanugo remain. Most often, the lingering hair can be found on baby’s face, sideburn-area, back, and the top of his or her bum. 

At Your Doctor’s Office

If you’re carrying twins, so far your babies have likely been growing at the same pace as singletons. However, between week 30 and week 32, the rate of twin growth usually slows a bit. Multiples are generally smaller at birth than babies who did not share the womb. In order to more closely monitor your babies’ growth at this point, your healthcare provider may begin to use ultrasound more often.

Special Considerations

If you need (or want) to travel out of town, know that the window is closing. It’s recommended that women who are at risk for premature labor avoid travel from week 32 on. Meanwhile, some domestic airlines restrict travel completely or require a medical note during the last month of pregnancy. For international flights, the cutoff can be even earlier.

Upcoming Doctor’s Visits

During your next prenatal visit, it’s a good idea to ask your healthcare provider about his or her stand on when to cut baby's umbilical cord. Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend waiting at least a 30 to 60 seconds after birth before clamping the umbilical cord.

Meanwhile, The World Health Organization recommendations waiting one to three minutes (or longer) after delivery. The reason? For full-term babies, delayed clamping can:

  • Increase hemoglobin (red blood cells) levels at birth
  • Up iron stores for several months, which can favorably affect your infant’s behavioral, motor, and cognitive development

And for babies born preterm, delayed clamping may also:

  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce the need for blood transfusions
  • Lower incidences of necrotizing enterocolitis, a dangerous intestinal disorder
  • Lower rates of brain hemorrhage

Taking Care

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with repetitive computer work, but it’s also a common problem in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Pregnancy-related weight gain and water retention can pinch the median nerve in your wrist, causing pain, tingling, and numbness in your hands and fingers. It can also make grasping objects difficult.

To help quell the uncomfortable feeling, try to:

  • Take a break from activities that require repetitive hand movements, such as using the computer or crafting.
  • Splint your wrist in a neutral position to reduce pressure on the nerve. This can be especially helpful at night since many people unknowingly sleep with their wrists bent, which causes symptoms to flare and disturb rest.
  • Apply cold compresses to relieve pain.
  • Talk to you healthcare provider about hand stretching and strengthening exercises.
  • Speak to your healthcare provider about possibly taking NSAIDs or getting cortisone injections.

For Partners

Have you practiced your route to the hospital or birthing center yet? Do you have an alternate-route plan if needed? Now’s the time to get prepared. At the same time, learn where to check in inside the hospital or birthing center during regular and after hours, as well as when it's time to head out. If you haven’t done so yet, talk to your healthcare provider about pre-registration.

Verywell Checklist

  • Continue taking prenatal vitamins.
  • Continue drinking about eight to 12 glasses of water a day.
  • Continue doing your Kegel exercises daily.
  • Take care of any necessary travel now.
  • Prepare your hospital route.
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