Welcome to week 30 of your incredible pregnancy journey!

At 30 weeks, your little one is becoming more and more active and their sucking reflex is really kicking into gear. They may be practicing their sucking skills by eagerly sucking their thumb or fingers, nawwww.

Physically, your baby is growing plumper - they're approximately the size of a cabbage! Their skin is starting to look less wrinkled and much smoother, too. The white, greasy vernix and the soft, furry lanugo that once covered their skin are beginning to disappear.

Leg cramps at night are quite common around weeks 29 to 32, and you may find it challenging to get comfortable enough to sleep soundly. Experiment with different sleeping positions, like lying curled up on your side with a pillow between your legs and a cushion under your bump, to find what works best for you.

Talking of sleep, did you know that sleeping on your side during your third trimester can reduce the risk of stillbirth? Learn more about why you should sleep on your side.

Another common issue you might encounter is itching. While itching is often harmless and can improve with self-care, it can sometimes be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC). It's essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of ICP/OC, which include itching on the hands, feet, arms and legs and dark urine, and to call your maternity unit if you have any concerns.

Let's touch on premature labour, too. If labour begins before 37 weeks, it's considered premature, and your baby may need special care in the hospital. It's essential to familiarise yourself with the signs of premature labour and know when to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms.

As always, it's essential to stay attuned to your baby's movements during this time - their regular movement is a reassuring indicator of their wellbeing. If you notice any changes, such as a decrease in movements, call your maternity unit for guidance straight away.



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