The child

The child

Your baby now measures about 14 inches (36 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 3 pounds (1.43 kg) at the start of the week—and about 3.5 pounds (1.58 kg) at the end of the week.

Your baby’s body hair — lanugo — is starting to disappear, although there might be a few downy strands left at birth (baby will shed them over a few weeks). The lungs, muscles and brain continue to develop, and the bones become even harder.

Some babies are already starting to lie with the head inside the pelvis. You’ll be able to feel your baby’s head pressing against your pelvic floor, and obvious kicks against your ribcage.

Pregnancy Week 30 Baby Beige
Mother

Mother

All the extra weight you’re carrying puts a strain on your back. Pay attention to how you sit and stand and be as kind to your body as possible.

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds so remember your snacks! Because your baby is growing quickly, and your hormone levels are through the roof, there’s a risk you will feel a bit nauseous during these last few weeks. This is completely normal.

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Partner

Partner

You might think that your role during the birth is insignificant; that you’ll “just stand and watch”. But many women who’ve had babies say that the support and encouragement of their partners is incredibly important. In addition, you can give your partner back rubs and help her to relax during the birth itself. A Lamaze course, for example, can prepare you for all of this. The doctor and medical staff will be on hand to guide you when the time comes.

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