Fetus Development & Movement At Week 30

Submitted by Nick on April 26, 2012

In the 30th week of pregnancy there is already tremendous fetal development that has already happened with your baby. Your baby weighs about 3 pounds and will grow rapidly, gaining up to a pound and a half, till the end of the pregnancy or till week 38. At 30 weeks pregnant, there is advanced fetal development. The baby is almost fully grown, about 16 inches in length. The head is almost 3.5 inches in diameter while the feet are 2.5 inches in length. The baby’s skin starts to smooth out in this week. If you are having a boy, his testicles move down to the groin. The baby’s hands and fingernails are fully formed. The baby’s digestive...

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The head, which was smooth, starts to form and starts to look wrinkly on the outside. Hair starts to get thicker on the skull and eyebrows and eyelids are also formed. You can even spot rapid blinking during scans. Your baby has the capability to produce tears within the womb.

The baby also has distinct sleep patterns by this week. By 30 weeks pregnant, the baby is getting ready to assume the fetal position for birth by positioning itself over the cervix. Though you would still have nearly 10 weeks before the birth of the baby, your fetus, placenta and uterus will continue grow, increasing the pressure on your ribcage. As the baby grows, the amniotic fluid in the womb also decreases.

At 30 weeks pregnant, the mother to be can feel a lot of fetal movement. Your baby can hear you, can respond to loud sounds and even reciprocate a gesture. You could try talking to her or try poking your belly gently. You baby might respond with kick!

It is important that you eat well as the baby directly depends on you for nourishment. It has to be diet rich in calcium, protein, and vitamins. Week 30 is also in the last trimester which will mean you will get less and less sleep as the baby grows and has less space to move around. You may also experience heartburn, which is cause because of the growing of the uterus causing a resulting tightness in the other organs. You may also experience Braxton-Hicks contractions which are also called false labor pains, in this week.

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