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30 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Making headway. Your baby's brain continues its incredible development. This week, the brain begins to take on its distinctive wrinkled appearance. These wrinkles are called convolutions, and they allow the brain to hold more brain cells. Lanugo, the ultrafine hair that covered your baby's body, starts disappearing.

A shared meal. The calcium from the milk you drink goes directly to building your baby's bones. The iron in your prenatal vitamins and iron-rich foods you eat boosts his iron supply, which will last until he's 6 to 9 months old. Protein is also crucial now because it supports healthy cell growth throughout your baby's body.

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30 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

The seventh-month itch. The stretching skin on your belly may start itching — another normal side effect of pregnancy. Keep in mind that scratching only makes it worse. Instead, try massaging your abdomen gently with a moisturizing lotion.

Looking for Dr. Right. It's not too early to start searching for a pediatrician, family physician, or nurse-practitioner for your baby — in fact, the earlier the better. It's important to find someone you like and trust, since you'll be seeing this person a lot (especially during your baby's first year). Ask your friends for recommendations, and take the time to interview each candidate.

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