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Highlights this week

Making melanin

Your baby's skin cells are making the pigment that gives skin its color. But most melanin production doesn't happen until after birth. 

Baby must-haves

At a minimum, you'll need baby clothes and diapers, as well as a car seat, stroller, and crib. See our checklist for the first year.

Belly getting in the way?

Missionary position can get harder to manage. Luckily, there are lots of alternative pregnancy sex positions.

30 weeks is how many months?

You're in your seventh month!

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Baby development at 30 weeks

Amniotic fluid cushion

About a pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds your baby. The amount will peak around 34 to 36 weeks.

Seeing in the dark

Your baby may now be able to see dim shapes. His pupils are able to constrict and expand, allowing his eyes to let in more or less light.

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Your baby is about the size of a large cabbage

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Pregnancy symptoms during week 30


You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping.

Growing feet

The relaxation of your ligaments can cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.

Mood swings

The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of mood swings. It's normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you'll be a good parent. But if you can't shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, you may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your healthcare provider know if you're frequently nervous or anxious.

Don't see your symptom?
Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 30 weeks

Create a birth plan

How do you want to be cared for during labor and once your baby arrives? Think about your preferences, then fill out our Birth Plan Worksheet and discuss it with your provider.

Tour the hospital or birth center

On your tour of the hospital or birth center, you'll probably visit labor and recovery rooms and get an overview of basic policies. Ask whether you can preregister before your delivery.

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This week's video


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ACOG. 2015a. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one [Accessed May 2019]

ACOG. 2015b. FAQ006. Cesarean birth (c-section). American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Cesarean-Birth-C-Section [Accessed May 2019]

Mayo Clinic. 2015. Fetal development: The third trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20045997 [Accessed May 2019]

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2015. Fetal development. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002398.htm [Accessed May 2019]

Medscape. 2016. Episiotomy and repair. [Accessed May 2019]

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Kate Marple is a writer and editor who specializes in health, pregnancy, and parenting content. She's passionate about translating complicated medical information into helpful pregnancy and parenting advice that's easy to understand. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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