Pregnancy Week 29

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be weighing in at around 2.54 pounds (1.153kg) and measuring 15.2inches (38.6cm).

How big are you?
Your uterus now sits about 2.75-3.93 inches (7.5-10cm) above your bellybutton andabout 11.4 inches (29cm) above your pubic symphysis.

Your total weight gain by this week should be around 18- 27 pounds (8.5-12.25kg).

How is your baby developing and growing

Your babys lungs will be developed enough that he/she would be able to breath air.Your babys brain is now developed enough that it can control rhythmic breathing,and so if your baby were to be born now, then he/she would be able to breathe onhis/her own. In fact – with each passing day your babys chances of surviving outsideof the womb increase dramatically.

You would be noticing a vast change now in your pregnancy week by week as your babywill be growing bigger and bigger quite quickly now. Because weight gain is so rapid now, babies that are born prematurely, even if only a few weeks, may be tiny and a lot smallerthan babies which go to the full term of your pregnancy.

Here are a couple of interesting factors about birth weight:
• Boys weigh more than girls
• Birth weight increases with the increasing number of pregnancies you have.

As your babys brain and senses develop he/she will become more and more sensitiveto light and dark, sound, taste and even your babys skin is becoming sensitive.By the end of this week your babys eyes will even be capable of moving inside theirsockets. Your baby will be practicing seeing.

Your Nutrition
You would no doubt have been listening to what you body has to say, and listeningfor any new discomforts,but are you listening to what your body is saying with regard to your nutrition?

This Week with Dr Miriam Stoppard

Here are some helpful hints to help you on your eating and nutritional habits:
• Eat smaller meals more frequently
• Keep nourishing snacks nearby
• Drink lots of water
• Raisins, nuts and dried fruit are great for when you are on the go.
• Don’t force yourself to eat something that your stomach doesn’t agree with, thereis always an alternative.

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Pregnancy Week 29