Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 30 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 30 weeks
The sucking reflex is developing by now and your baby can suck its thumb or fingers.
The baby is growing plumper, and the skin begins to look less wrinkled and much smoother.
The white, greasy vernix and the soft, furry, fine hair (lanugo) that have covered your baby's skin for some time begin to disappear.
You at 30 weeks
Leg cramps at night are common at around 29 to 32 weeks – there are things you can do to avoid and ease cramp.
You may find it hard to sleep because you cannot get comfortable. Try lying curled up on your side with a pillow between your legs and a cushion under your bump.
Itching is common in pregnancy and often gets better with self care, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC).
Things to think about
- ideas for healthy snacks in pregnancy
- what happens if your baby is breech
- pain relief options in labour, including things you can do yourself
Pregnancy can be a trigger for domestic abuse or violence, and existing abuse may get worse. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, and it puts you and your baby in danger.
If you're being abused by your partner or a family member, you can:
- speak to your midwife or doctor
- call the 24-hour freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, on 0808 2000 247
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022