Development of the Baby

As the birth countdown begins, you are fidgety; so you are both very excited and your baby is very active…

Here is 30 weeks of baby development during pregnancy…

Your baby’s sleep and wake cycle is now in order. Sleep time in these weeks is between half an hour and 2 hours.

From 30 weeks of pregnancy, your baby will gain about a pound each week.

As the adipose tissue under the skin increases, thin hairs called lanugo continue to fall out, which provides temperature control in the baby. The task of temperature control will now largely belong to adipose tissue.

At the 30th week of pregnancy, your baby’s senses have developed a lot. They can distinguish between you and your partner’s voice. It can react to different tastes and bright lights reflected from its mother’s belly. If you press gently on your baby from the top of your belly, they can respond by first pulling back and then pushing. Having your partner do this movement will ensure that the bond between them and their baby starts before they are born.

They can see close-up distance right now. This will continue in this way for 20-30 days after birth.

At the 30th week of pregnancy, the blood marrow takes over the task of making blood from the liver.

For the development of bone, muscle and blood cells, the baby needs a lot of calcium, protein and iron. If you do not consume enough of these nutrients, the baby will take them from your reserves.

At 30 weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s brain is as developed as a baby after birth. However, brain cells continue to develop. In terms of the development of brain cells, it is advantageous that the baby was born at or near its due date.

Although it takes at least a few weeks for a 30-week-old baby to be equipped to breathe unaided in the outside world, the chances of survival are very high even if they are born prematurely.

The placenta continues to provide the baby with all the oxygen and nutrients the baby needs. At 30 weeks of pregnancy, the weight of the placenta is about 450 grams.

Baby Movements at 30-Weeks Pregnancy

Your baby sleeps and wakes up and enjoys the journey in your belly. While you think that you have not moved for a few hours, it seems that you have found a way to say “I am awake now” with a small but hard kick.

At the 30th week, the baby’s movements are strengthened because their muscles are very strong. Although the speed of their movements has decreased compared to the past weeks, strong punches, kicks and stretches can hurt you. Some nights, it can even make movements sharp enough to wake you up from sleep.

Your baby may occasionally hiccup and therefore feel tiny bounces in your belly. The reason for their hiccups is that they swallow amniotic fluid at regular intervals.

Ultrasound Image

In 30-week pregnancy ultrasound images, your baby can now stand in front of you in an even more chubby way. Although the space is reduced, you can see the movements of the hands, arms and head. They can suck their finger. They can open and close their eyes.

In the images of the 30-week-old baby, you can see that their head may have turned down. In fact, in many babies, the upside-down usually occurs between 32-36 weeks. For babies who do not return head down at 36 weeks, some midwives may recommend exercises to support the baby’s return. Research shows that babies of mothers who prefer to sit rather than lie down while resting have a higher tendency to turn upside down in the last 3 months. Before birth, 96 percent of babies are turned upside down.

The reasons for the breech posture of the baby until birth are that the baby is small compared to their peers in that week, the amniotic fluid is more than necessary and there is laxity in the uterus in those who have previously given birth. There is no condition that babies who stop at breech arrival will be born by cesarean section. If there is no medical condition that may be risky for normal birth in the mother and baby, a doctor experienced in this regard can also have normal breech births. Approximately 50 percent of breech births are normal.

Baby Movements at 30-Weeks Pregnancy

Since their body starts to get fat, the frequency of their movements decreases, and they become difficult to maneuver.

The 30-week-old baby should move at least 10 times in a two-hour period. Tell your doctor if you do not feel movement for a long time.

If you press lightly on your belly, your baby may respond by pushing where you touch. Talking to this little player while doing mutual push-ups will calm them down and make them feel happy.

Changes in the Mother's Body

How many months is 30 weeks? You are in the 7th month of pregnancy.

At the 30th week of pregnancy, the following changes may occur in the mother:

– Nasal congestion and sometimes bleeding,

– Whitish vaginal discharge with increasing consistency,

– Indigestion, reflux, constipation and hemorrhoids in the stomach,

– Leg cramps,

– Varicose veins headache,

– Shortness of breath,

– Braxton Hicks contractions (false contractions),

– Absent-mindedness or forgetfulness,

– Concerns about the baby and birth,

– Nightmares,

– Sleep disturbances and difficulty falling asleep.


In the 30th week of pregnancy, the formation of your dark yellowish milk called colostrum and the baby’s upside down position is a preparation made by your body in case of premature birth.

Points need to be considered

Here’s what to pay attention to during the 30th week of pregnancy…

Throughout your pregnancy, your baby receives all the necessary nutrients from you. If you do not eat sufficiently, you may feel tired and weak because your baby will use your reserves. Your weight gain should be between half a kilogram to one kilogram per week during the last three months. This amount may decrease in the final weeks. Your daily calorie intake can be 600-800 calories more than before pregnancy in the last three months. It’s beneficial to eat small and frequent meals in the last weeks. Instead of sugary and calorie-rich foods, you should opt for foods high in nutritional value. Your fluid intake should be at least 8-10 glasses a day, as always.

Paying attention to your diet alone will not be enough to stay fit. You should continue with the exercises you decide on with your doctor. You can reduce the speed and duration of exercises in the last weeks. You should not neglect your pelvic floor exercises. For this exercise, you should tighten and relax the muscles in your vagina, urinary tract, and anal area. Hold for 10 seconds at each squeeze. You can repeat the movement 10 times with breaks in between. After that, tighten and release for 1 second each, doing this 10 times. Then, tighten and release the muscles in your vagina, urinary tract, and anus separately. You can also do this exercise while urinating. Hold your urine and then release it. Then proceed to urinate.

Regularly performing pelvic floor exercises reduces the likelihood of urinary incontinence during situations such as coughing and sneezing after childbirth.

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