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Week 30

Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

Your developing baby

Now you are 30 weeks into your pregnancy, your baby’s brain, nervous system and organs continue to mature with every day they spend in your womb.

They’re still not ready for birth yet as their lungs are not fully mature enough to breathe on their own and they lack the body fat to regulate their body temperature. They would need specialist care if born early.

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Suffering with back pain?

Back pain is a very common symptom of pregnancy especially at around 30 weeks and generally throughout your third trimester. As your muscles and ligaments tire from the extra weight you’re carrying, some women can experience intense lower back pain. It’s often worse at the end of the day or after long periods of time on your feet and not surprisingly, bad posture aggravates it. Back pain can be improved through exercise, better posture, or even just a well placed pillow when resting and at night.

Do partners need a hospital bag?

If you're going to hospital or a birth centre, you will have your hospital bag, but what about your partner? 

They will need the birth plan, change for car parking if driving, something to eat and drink and a camera. They should also consider bringing along something to help pass the time, such as a book or tablet. There are other ways dads-to-be can get prepared for your new arrival.

Coping with pain in labour

Labour can last a long time so, at the beginning, try movement, upright positions, massage and water to help you cope. If you head straight for maximum pain relief, you’ll never know how other things can help – plus your labour may end up being even longer. If you do feel you can’t cope, you can move through the different pain relief options.

If it feels really tough, ask your midwife how you are getting on. Positive encouragement – knowing you are coping really well and making good progress – can make all the difference. Read other women's tips on coping with pain in labour on our website.


Have you started maternity leave?

Paid maternity leave can start from 29 weeks into pregnancy.

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.

We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.

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