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30 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

The baby at 30 weeks of gestation, which is about 7 months of pregnancy, the toenails are well-developed and in boys, the testicles are already descending.

At this stage of pregnancy, most babies will already be face down, with their heads close to the pelvis and knees bent to facilitate delivery. However, some may take up to 32 weeks to turn completely.

Photos of a 30 week fetus

30 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development
30 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

Fetal development at 30 weeks of gestation

Usually at this stage the skin is pink and smooth, and the arms and legs are already "fatter". It has already accumulated some body fat, which represents about 8% of your total weight, and will be helpful in helping to regulate your temperature when you are born. In addition, the baby is also able to respond to light stimuli and differentiates light from dark.

If born during 30 weeks, the baby has a very good chance of surviving, however, as the immune system is still developing, as well as the lungs, it usually needs to stay in an incubator until it is fully developed.

Size and weight of a 30 week fetus

The size of the fetus at 30 weeks of gestation is approximately 36 centimeters and weighs about 1 kilogram and 700 grams (about 3,7 lbs).

Changes to the mother's body at 30 weeks of pregnancy

At 30 weeks of pregnancy the woman is usually more tired than usual, the belly is getting bigger and it is normal to put on about 500 grams a week until the baby is born.

Mood swings tend to be more frequent and so women may become more sensitive. At this late stage of pregnancy there may be a greater feeling of sadness, but if this feeling occupies most days, it is recommended to inform the obstetrician as some women may start a depression during this period and treating it properly may decrease the risk of post-partum depression.

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