Pregnancy Week 29

You are starting lunar month eight! It is now 28 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 26 weeks gestation and is almost 10 inches long from crown to rump (13 inches from head to toe). Your baby is beginning to shed the lanugo and the downy hair remains only of the back and shoulders.

Advice for Mom

Many women have trouble sleeping during the third trimester because it is hard to get comfortable. Try sleeping on your left side with a pillow between your knees and under your stomach.

Hormonal changes may cause grouchiness — just remember, you’re coming down the home stretch!

Since blood volume has doubled by now, your requirements for iron are high — make sure you are getting enough. If you are Rh negative, now is about the time to get your RhoGAM injection and Rh titer.

You’ll be needing a car seat very soon. A car seat is a very important investment and careful thought should go into buying a safe one. It’s also a good time to start researching other baby needs too, and here’s a handy checklist to help you!

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