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30 weeks pregnant - what's happening

You’re three-quarters of the way there! Hurrah. Your baby is about the size of a large cabbage.

30 weeks infographic.

What does my baby look like?

The white, greasy substance on your baby’s skin, called ‘vernix’, and their fine fur, or ‘lanugo’, starts to disappear from now.

Your baby’s little lungs are developing nicely - though they may still need some help with their breathing if born before 36 weeks.

Their kidneys are fully functioning and their wee is mixing with your amniotic fluid, which is steadily increasing.

Your symptoms - what's happening

Are you feeling constipated? Suffering from headaches, indigestion or heartburn?

Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

Read about other mums’ experiences on our Pregnancy Insider blog.

Are you having strange dreams about giving birth?

You may be feeling anxious about labour - lots of women start to have vivid dreams about giving birth.

Going to antenatal classes will help you prepare for what happens during labour and will hopefully reassure you.

“I did NCT antenatal classes and that was amazing. We all had the same anxieties and it was good to chat with people going through the same thing.”

Nadia, mum of two

If you are very scared about the birth, talk to your midwife.

Tips to help you stay stress-free in pregnancy.

Is your body getting ready for labour?

Towards the end of your pregnancy, but before you go into labour, you may see signs that your baby will be arriving soon.

Find out about 4 ways your body gets ready for labour.

Actions to take

Preparing for your newborn

Make a list of what you need for your newborn baby. This will include clothes, somewhere for your baby to sleep, a pram and/or car seat, and other essentials.

There’s no need to buy it all at once. Most things apart from the basics can wait until you and your baby are home.

What’s the best position for me to lie in?

Research shows that lying on your side is particularly good for your baby, improving circulation to the placenta so he or she gets more nutrients. Read more about the safest position to lie in during pregnancy.

From the third trimester, it can also encourage your baby into a good position for the birth.

If you’re not sleeping very well, these tips could help.

What is a caesarean section?

A caesarean section is an operation where an obstetrician makes a cut in your stomach and womb and lifts your baby out through it.

It can be planned (also known as elective) due to health complications or the position of the baby.

It can also be decided during labour – known as an emergency caesarean (although this doesn’t necessarily mean your baby is in danger, it just means the caesarean hasn’t been planned).

Find out what to pack in your hospital bag for labour and birth.


1. You and your baby at 29–32 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: [accessed 28 May 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).

2. You and your baby at 29–32 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: [accessed 28 May 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).

3. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p. 208

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Dec 2017 - 16:21

    Very helpful site the information is so interesting thanks alot

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Aug 2016 - 10:43

    3d scans can enhance things a lot more than the normal obstetric scans so please do not worry unnecessarily. 3d scans are very detailed so anything unusual should have been identified, but ask your daughter to chat to her midwife if she is concerned

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 19 Jul 2016 - 16:40

    My daughter had a 3D scan at 28 weeks approx. The babies hand looks .... Odd, like it had nodules, ie rheumatism and one finger seemed long, do scans distort the babies features. Maybe I'm just neurotic, I hope so, the lesser of two evils!!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Jun 2016 - 02:38

    This site is cool

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