30 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy week 30 fetus
length ~ 15.7 in  |  40 cm     weight ~ 3 lbs  |  1.3 kg   /   10 more weeks mama!

Fetal development in week 30

Woohoo! You can finally see the finish line now that you're in the final quarter of the race!!!

Whether you felt like your pregnancy's been flying by or slower than a snail scaling Everest, you've arrived in your thirtieth week and your baby's cookin' beautifully!

In animal news: the fine lanugo hair that covers their little monkey-like body will start falling off this week in preparation for the big day.

Still, don't be too shocked if your baby ape is hairier than you’d anticipated. Some babies keep their lanugo after birth - which is totally normal, and it will fall off eventually.

Checking in on the fat factory: your little porker is getting even cuter with increasingly pudgy arms and legs, thanks to their ever-growing layers of subcutaneous brown fat.

In terms of numbers, your big ol' baby should be weighing in at around 3 pounds 12 ounces (or more!) and be nearly 16 inches long!

Keep up the good work you two!

And how's mom doing?

Hey beautiful pregnant woman, have you thought about where you want to have your baby?

There are three basic choices: a hospital, a birthing center, or at home - all of which are perfectly viable and safe options, although there are many benefits to less invasive birthing environments.

Many women don't think about how they want their first birth to go and end up less-than satisfied with their experience - if not downright traumatized and for good reason: labor is often treated as the evil-step child of the pregnancy process.

All too often labor is a topic which we speak of in hushed tones to describe the horror of pain and surgery... or simply roll our eyes and say, "Don't remind me!"

The truth is markedly different. If you take the time to research the basics of labor and birth, choose your birthing and pain options carefully and prepare yourself mentally and physically, labor and birth can be one of the single most empowering and emotionally meaningful events of your life.

The act of giving birth is nothing short of epic and the work you do to get there is an intense process. If approached mindfully, your labor can be an amazing and primal journey - exposing you to an astonishingly massive reservoir of personal inner strength.

Did You Know?

If you end up going into labor at an unexpected time (hours away from civilization or a hospital), try to keep calm, get help, get lots of clean towels, hot water, clean hands, and remember the birthing process is something that’s been going on since before doctors even existed, but do NOT attempt cut the umbilical cord without sterile instruments if medical assistance isn’t readily available
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