Monday, November 29, 2004

30 Weeks Pregnant
(Information taken from americanbaby.com)
The baby is entering a growth spurt. For the next eight weeks, baby will gain weight faster than it increases in length, at the rate of about half a pound a week. The bigger baby gets, the harder it will be to "see" it on ultrasound and get a good estimate of its size--the margin of error increases to 15 percent by the end of the third trimester. But baby is definitely growing fast, and I'll notice that its kicks will start to feel more like squirming as it runs out of room to roam.

I'll need additional stores of iron during the third trimester to help build my baby's oxygen supply. The best sources are dark green, leafy vegetables, as well as lean red meat, dried beans, and dried fruits. It's also important to drink at least eight glasses of fluids--milk, fruit juice, water, and decaffeinated coffee or tea--each day. Fluids are essential for building new cells, maintaining increased blood volume, and (believe it or not) decreasing water retention.

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