Pregnancy Week by Week

The 30th Week of Your Pregnancy

By the time you are 30 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs about 3 pounds and measures about 10.8 inches. In addition, during this week:
 
  • The baby's head is getting larger
  • The early lanugo is disappearing
  • The eyelids open and close
  • The toenails are growing.
     
The most common complaint women have during this time is constipation, which can be alleviated by exercise and eating high-fiber foods. During this week of pregnancy, you may also experience:
 
  • Stretch marks
  • Swelling
  • A darker line on the belly (linea nigra)
  • Heartburn and indigestion.
     
All pregnant women -- especially those who are carrying more than one baby -- should be familiar with the symptoms of preeclampsia, such as:
 
  • Severe headache
  • Seeing "spots" or "flashing lights" while at rest
  • Sudden increase in swelling, especially in the face
  • Nausea, vomiting, and feeling "sick."
 
(Click 30 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 

Pregnancy Week 31

When you're 31 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 11.2 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds, 8 ounces. At this point, your baby's growth will begin to slow and the brain will go through a period of rapid development. In addition:
 
  • The lungs and digestive track are nearly mature
  • The baby can see in the womb
  • The eyebrows and eyelashes are complete.
     
You will have another prenatal checkup with your doctor during this week. He or she will check your urine, uterus size, blood pressure, etc. again to make sure that everything is progressing normally. At this visit, you may want to talk to your doctor about the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions, false labor, and real labor (see Signs of Labor).
 
During your 31st week of pregnancy, you and your partner may also want to make a decision as to whether you will breastfeed or bottle feed your baby. This is a personal decision; however, your doctor may be able to give you some advice.
 
(Click 31 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 
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