At 30 weeks pregnant, you’re about three-quarters of the way there (since a baby is considered full term at between 39 weeks and 40 weeks and 6 days). This can be both exciting and daunting. You may feel like there’s a lot of planning ahead before your baby arrives.
Depending on your symptoms, pregnancy might have felt like a bit of a journey up until this point, and at 30 weeks pregnant, both your baby and your body are still changing. While no two pregnancies are the same, knowing what you could expect may make you feel more in control as you approach your third-trimester appointments and explore the type of birth you may want to have.
Your baby at 30 weeks pregnant
Baby can focus
The 30-weeks-pregnant mark is packed with developmental milestones for your baby. By now, all of their major body systems are formed and quickly mature throughout your third trimester. Your baby is rapidly putting on weight to prepare for life outside of the uterus.
Another important part of a baby’s development at week 30? Their eyes can focus. This might feel pretty advanced, but their eyes still have a little way to go before their sight is fully developed (this doesn’t happen until around three months after they’re born).
Baby might be sucking their thumb
You might be under the impression that thumb sucking is a comforting habit we develop once we’re born, but your baby may start doing this while they’re still in your uterus. Some people spot their babies practicing their sucking reflex when they attend their ultrasound scan, and babies might do this to soothe themselves.
How big is a baby at 30 weeks?
Length (crown to heel): 40.5 cm or 16 in
Weight: 1.6 kg or 3.4 lb
Size: Equivalent to a cabbage
All measurements are approximate and vary within the normal range.