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You and your baby at 30 weeks pregnant

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

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:

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Video: giving birth at home or at the birth centre

In this video, a midwife explains the alternatives for women who do not want to give birth in hospital.

Media last reviewed: 4 October 2021
Media review due: 4 October 2024

Page last reviewed: 17 July 2018
Next review due: 17 July 2021