Week 30

30 weeksYour baby

  • In the third trimester, as the skin develops it is covered by a thick greasy protective substance called the ‘vernix’ to stop it becoming waterlogged
  • You may notice practice (‘Braxton Hicks’) contractions starting to occur - a sort of tightening for about 30 seconds
  • If born now, your baby stands an excellent chance of survival, but would need special care

Your tummy is likely to be itchy due to your expanding bump – but you may notice that your palms and the soles of your feet have also started to itch. This is thought to be a result of the increase in hormones.

What will your baby look like? What will labour be like?

It’s something you’ll keep thinking about. Find out what other new mums’ concerns are - the HiPP Facebook page is a brilliant place to exchange experiences and make new friends.

Preparing for your new arrival

You’ve probably started collecting nursery equipment and little clothes. They’re so sweet, aren’t they? If you can, get prepared well in advance - going shopping in the last few weeks of pregnancy is not much fun.

If you already have another child or children, you will no doubt be getting them used to the idea of having a new baby. It’s also good to plan who will look after the older child/ren if everything kicks off in the middle of the night.

If this is your first baby, life is going to change dramatically for you very soon and you should make the most of this magical time with your partner. If you are a single mum, involve close friends and family in your pregnancy - everybody loves the miracle of babies.

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Otherwise, please get in touch with the HiPP Baby Club.