Your Pregnancy | Month 7

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Your baby by the end of Month 1

Week 28 of Pregnancy

By this week your baby weighs around 2.25 pounds, and measures 14.8 inches from the top of their head to the tip of their toes. Your baby is blinking, dreaming, and adding more fat in preparation for life in the real world.

You are now in the home stretch. The third and final trimester starts this week! If you are like most women you will gain around 11 pounds this trimester. At this point you will begin to visit your doctor or midwife more frequently, possibly every two weeks (this also depends on your risk factors as women with higher risk factors go more often).

Week 29 of Pregnancy

Your baby's muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and grow, and their head is growing bigger as well to make room for their growing brain! To meet your baby's nutritional needs you will need plenty of protein, vitamin C and folic acid, and iron. Also, about 250 miligrams of calcium are being deposited into your baby's hardening skeleton each day so be sure to have your milk (or other calcium rich foods such as cheese, yogurt, almonds, or green leafy veggies.)

You may have heartburn and or constipation more often now. Be sure to eat enough fiber, drink plenty of water and get regular exercise, this will help with the constipation as well as any fatigue you may be experiencing. Your growing uterus may also contribute to hemorrhoids. These are swollen blood vessels in your rectal area and are very common during pregnancy. These usually clear up in the weeks following the birth. Avoid sitting or standing for a long period of time and if they become painful try a sitz bath or applying cold compresses to the area.

Week 30 of Pregnancy

Your baby's brain is getting smarter by the minute, and their eyesight continues to develop even though it is only 20/400 at birth, which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.) You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity.

Week 31 of Pregnancy

As your baby's senses increase, his mommy's breathing room decreases. Weighing in at a little over 3 pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching their birth length - your little one still has up to 5 pounds to gain before labor day! Your little genius is now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses.

Chances are your diaphragm is feeling a little cramped these days. Okay, a lot cramped. That's because your uterus is pushing up against it (and all the other organs in there), crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. The result: Your body is spare on air and will be until your baby drops near the end of pregnancy in preparation for birth. But don't worry: Your baby is as happy as a clam because he's getting his oxygen from the placenta. Try to find a comfortable position that makes breathing nice and relaxing and get there at least once a day for some R & R.

This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your baby is the safest and most natural way to feed your newborn. The breast milk passed from you to your baby gives him/her all the nutrients needed for the first six months of life and helps promote a strong immune system to ward off infection and diseases. Breastfeeding also allows you and your baby to create a special bond and connect physically and emotionally. You can read more about breastfeeding under Breast Feeding Advice.

Deciding on a breast pump

If you are planning to breastfeed you will also need a breast pump. The type of pump you choose will depend on your situation. If you plan to stay home for the duration of the time you breastfeed, you may want to choose the Nûby™ NATURAL TOUCH™ Comfort™ or Premium Comfort™ manual pump for the occasional feeding to be given by your partner or other caretaker while you rest or run errands. If you plan to return to work or will be separated from your baby for another reason, you may want to choose an electric breast pump like Nûby™ NATURAL TOUCH™ Rhythm™ Dual Action Electric Breast Pump to help protect your milk supply and pump more efficiently.

Choosing to bottle feed

Since breastfeeding may not always be possible, you may choose to bottle feed your baby. Breast milk is best for your baby, but if you must use formula, choose a formula that best supports the health and nutritional needs of your baby. Many families find that a combination of breast and bottle feeding work best for them. You can read more about bottle feeding under Bottle Feeding Advice.

The Nûby™ SoftFlex™ Natural Nurser™ and Rhythm™ Disposable Liner Bottles feature a unique breast size nipple that flexes and stretches just like mom's for the most natural bottle feeding experience for your baby. These bottles also feature an anti-colic design and are available in multiple sizes, colors and prints. These bottles are designed to fit Nûby™ NATURAL TOUCH™ breast pumps so you can pump, store, and feed with the same container. No matter if you choose breastfeeding, bottle feeding or both, Nûby™ has a variety of products to help give your baby the best start.