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02nd Jun 2017

Your baby at 30 weeks pregnant: Week-by-week guide to development


cabbage pregnancy image

Welcome to week 30 of your pregnancy! This week, your baby is as big as a cabbage. Here’s what else you can expect this week.

You baby

At 30 weeks, your baby is about 40 centimetres long and weighs around 1.4 kilograms. Those tiny fingernails are fully formed, and their brain is getting wrinkly – a sign of development. The immune system is also gearing up, with the baby receiving valuable antibodies from you. Around 85% of babies born at this stage can survive with the right medical care, so it’s a bit of a milestone. Remember, you’re in the final weeks, and every day inside the womb is a bonus.


Week 30. We’re almost into single digit weeks! You’re likely feeling the weight of it all… quite literally. Your growing belly can lead to backaches, so consider a pregnancy support belt for relief. Leg cramps are common too, if you can, do a bit of stretching before bedtime to help. While it’s a great time to stay active, be mindful of balance and don’t overdo it. Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing to ease any anxiety you might be feeling.

Anything else?

As you approach the finish line, it’s time to consider your birth preferences once again. In Ireland, around 27% of babies are delivered via Caesarean section, so stay informed about the procedure and recovery to ease any concerns just in case that’s what happens. Preparing for the unexpected can offer peace of mind. You’re almost there mama. Keep up the good work!