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My Son: 29 weeks – 7.25 months in the womb! August 14, 2006

Posted by pakman050 in Life.
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I think I did forget to mention that these in the womb reports are brought to me by my very lovely wife, Laurie.

This is day number 202 and you’re 29 weeks pregnant!
You have 78 days or 11 weeks left, and are 72.5% of the way there.

Your Pinakibaby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to accommodate his brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. With this rapid growth, it’s no surprise that your baby’s nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester. To keep yourself and him well nourished, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium. (About 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby’s skeleton – which is now hardening – every day.)

He or she continues to be active and grow; however, you may be feeling fewer kicks and punches. This is because even though your baby is getting larger and stronger, he or she also has less space in which to gain momentum for these movements. Your baby’s blood is now being produced from the stem cells in its bone marrow.

You should be able to feel your baby’s movements strongly now. Pay attention to the kicks and nudges, and let your practitioner know if you ever notice a decrease in activity. She may ask you to do fetal kick counts to make sure everything’s okay.Some old friends – heartburn and constipation – may take center stage again. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows your digestive process, which can cause gas, especially after a big meal. Another problem you can credit to your growing uterus (and constipation) is hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids – which are simply swollen blood vessels in your rectal area – are very common during pregnancy and usually clear up soon after delivery. If they’re itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath and applying a hot pad or cold compresses medicated with a little witch hazel to the affected area. Also avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your practitioner before using any over-the counter remedies during pregnancy, and let her know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

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