How is my baby growing and developing during week 30?

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At 30 weeks the fetus weighs about 3 pounds and is about 15-16 inches long. The fetus is gaining about half-a-pound per week at this stage of the pregnancy. This is visible from the increasing size of the pregnant belly. The fetus’ brain is continuing to develop and is now capable of controlling some body functions such as body temperature. As a result the fetus begins to shed the lanugo of fine hair that was covering the body as a mechanism to maintain warmth.

Your baby is growing bigger and bigger during the final trimester. Though they are almost at the birth length, your baby still has a way to go until he or she reaches their birth weight. Your baby's lungs and muscles are developing as their bones harden and head and brain grow. The baby's eyes might be open now, too.

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