Your babys progress - Week 30
Now that you’re in the final trimester, your little baby will start to kick and punch in more noticeable places. Be prepared for your baby to kick you in the ribs and perhaps even make punches in the front of your belly that you can actually start to see. Oh and did we mention the kicks and pressure on your pelvic floor? Baby will basically start making herself felt in all kinds of places now that she’s growing bigger and finding it hard to do the acrobatics that used to keep her occupied.
From this week, the fuzzy lanugo hair all over your growing baby’s body will start to disappear. The fine hairs all over her skin have been keeping her warm and helping all that waterproof vernix stick to her skin. In the next few weeks, these patches will start to rub off while the hair on her head grows thicker. Her little toe nails and fingernails will also be growing and some newborns will require a manicure in the early days after birth because their nails are so long.
Many babies maintain a head-down position in the uterus from now on – though don’t be alarmed if your baby is still squiggling around rather than being locked and loaded in the pelvis. The head-down position is the most common and straightforward position for birth, but some babies refuse to get into the right position with some being born bottom-first, also known as ‘breech’.
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress.
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