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.
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.
You might also find you need to pee a lot – find out about common pregnancy problems.
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
- 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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Media review due: 4 October 2024