30 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Symptoms to Watch Out For

30 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Symptoms to Watch Out For

Congratulations! You're now 30 weeks pregnant and in the third trimester. This is an exciting time as your baby is growing rapidly and getting ready for birth. However, you may also experience some uncomfortable symptoms during this time. Here are some things you can expect and symptoms to watch out for:

Baby's development:

At 30 weeks, your baby is about the size of a large cabbage, weighing around 3 pounds and measuring around 15.7 inches in length. Your baby's lungs and digestive system are continuing to mature, and their bones are getting stronger. They are also becoming more active, and you may feel their kicks and movements more often.


  1. Braxton Hicks contractions: You may experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which are like practice contractions that prepare your body for labor. They may feel like mild menstrual cramps or a tightening in your abdomen, but they should not be painful or regular. If you experience painful or regular contractions, contact your healthcare provider.

  2. Shortness of breath: As your uterus grows, it puts pressure on your lungs and diaphragm, making it harder to take deep breaths. You may feel short of breath or need to take more frequent breaks when walking or doing other physical activities.

  3. Swelling: You may notice swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles, especially at the end of the day. This is normal, but if you experience sudden or severe swelling, contact your healthcare provider.

  4. Heartburn: As your baby grows, they put pressure on your stomach and intestines, which can cause acid reflux and heartburn. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals and avoid spicy or acidic foods.

  5. Fatigue: You may feel more tired than usual as your body works to support your growing baby. Make sure to get plenty of rest and take breaks when you need to.

  6. Varicose veins: You may notice bulging veins in your legs or vulva due to increased pressure on your veins. This is normal, but if you experience pain or swelling, talk to your healthcare provider.

  7. Increased vaginal discharge: As your body prepares for birth, you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge. This is normal, but if you experience itching, burning, or an unusual odor, contact your healthcare provider.

It's important to continue attending all your prenatal appointments and communicate any concerns or symptoms you may be experiencing with your healthcare provider. Congratulations again on reaching 30 weeks, and best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and delivery!

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