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Newsletter - Week 29

Welcome To Week 29

29 Week Old Fetus

Your Baby: The Inside Story

Your baby is growing taller and fatter by the day. This week, he measures over 16.7 inches tall and weighs about 2 pounds 7 ounces (1250 g).

Amazingly enough, your baby's organs are beginning to self-regulate. The baby is filling out with layers of fat and everything is growing and maturing. Over the next three months, the baby will double in size, so this is when the baby will have a big growth spurt!

At this late date, you may feel a change in fetal activity as your baby's movements become smaller due to the increasingly cramped conditions. The kind of movement isn't as important as the frequency. Talk to your doctor for instruction on how to monitor your baby's movements.

Your Body: Problems Sleeping?

For some women, falling -- and staying -- asleep at night can be a real challenge. Between the leg cramps, the anxiety, the extra weight, and the occasional kicking, it's no wonder you feel like an insomniac. But rather than lie in bed awake and fret about losing precious sleep, you might want to consider some of these suggestions to make nighttime dreamy:

Sleep positions: Generally, pregnant women find it much more comfortable to sleep on their side once they are further along in their pregnancy. This helps to take pressure off your back and also helps to relieve pressure from your uterus on the main vein that brings the blood back to the heart from your legs and your feet. Consider putting a pillow between your legs and under your abdomen for support.

Relaxation Techniques: Some women seem to have their wheels spinning all night thinking about labor and delivery, and all the new things that are getting ready to happen. You can start using some of the tips on breathing and relaxation from your childbirth classes. Not only will it serve as good practice, but it will also help you to relax and get some sleep.

On a Different Note: The Ins and Outs of Pre-eclampsia

Six to eight percent of all pregnant women develop a pregnancy-induced disease called pre-eclampsia. If left untreated, this common condition can lead to complications in you and your baby. To ensure that you and your little one stay safe and healthy, learn all you need to know about pre-eclampsia here.

Weekly Tip

If a baby shower is in the making, now is the time to register for all the itty-bitty clothes and basic baby necessities you've ever dreamed of - stroller, bouncy seat, car seat, high chair, bathtub, play mat, and more. The best way to begin is by asking friends and family with kids what you do and do not need and what does and doesn't work. Then simply stroll down the aisles of a few of your favorite stores -- be it the exclusive local children's boutique, Target, or Babies 'R Us -- to see the real thing and choose where you want to register.

Updated: 12/9/2012

Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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