Pregnancy Week 29
Week 29 of pregnancy marks the beginning of the third trimester. Proper weight gain is crucial for this trimester because the baby is maturing and developing at such a rapid rate. The muscles, the lungs, and the brain, are all maturing as new neurons are being formed. All this activity needs a constant supply of nourishment to keep it going. Rapid weight gain in the mother from this point on is completely normal and very healthy. The baby at this point should be going through patterns of sleep and activity. If an abnormal cycle is suspected, a physician should be immediately consulted. Plenty of water and numerous, yet petite, meals a day are a must during the third trimester. Heartburn problems return mainly because the uterus has now grown to about 3 Ĺ inches above the belly button and doesnít leave much room for the stomach to expand. Also, the high progesterone levels in the body hinder the performance of the digestive system and cause heartburn. Water will help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
The decision whether to breastfeed the baby should be made before it makes itís entrance into the world. The benefits of breastfeeding include a reduced exposure to food allergies for the baby, the transfer of antibodies to help the baby defend against colds and other sicknesses, the reduced possibility of eczema in the infants, and the low costs associated with providing your own food. There are also several benefits for the breastfeeding mother which include reduced risks of developing a postpartum hemorrhage, contracting the uterus which can help it get back into shape after delivery, weight loss, and also helps with the prevention of osteoporosis, cervical cancer, and breast cancer. Breastfeeding also helps mother and child develop a loving bond right from the get go. It is actually recommended that the baby be breastfed during the first year of itís life. Some babies continue to be breastfed until 3 years of age. Most of the problems associated with breastfeeding, such as pain and tenderness, are due to an inappropriate latch. A lactation consultant can help adjust any of these types of problems. Switching from breastfeeding to the bottle is recommended between 2 to 3 weeks after birth.
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