Your baby this week
29 weeks pregnant

Dry eyes?

Even though you're probably preoccupied with a million other symptoms, you still might have noticed that your eyes are drier than normal. Although it's a minor irritation in the big picture, eye dryness is a common side-effect of pregnancy.

My, what big eyes you have...

The good news, according to the people at Prevent Blindness America, is that lubricating/re-wetting eye drops are perfectly safe to use while you are pregnant or nursing. What else can you do? There are some things you can do nutritionally to help -- see them here. Also, take care to use eye make-up that won't further irritate your eyes, and remove your contact lenses each night. (To reduce the irritation caused by a combination of dry eyes and contact lenses, try cleaning your contact lenses more frequently with an enzymatic cleaner.)

Survey says

OrangesHow do you feel about your weight gain during pregnancy?

  • I hate/dread the gain: 32%
  • I'm watching what I eat: 22%
  • I love how I'm growing: 21%
  • I'm not even thinking about it: 17%
  • I wish I would gain: 5%
  • I'm obsessing about calories: 3% 

Doing it again

Second baby? Be prepared! Some midwives say labor for subsequent babies are half as long. Kenneth Johnson, DO, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says, "A second vaginal delivery is almost always faster than the first delivery, but the actual decrease in time of the labor is extremely variable. In general, several hours less. I have had women deliver in less than an hour, so be ready!" Read more here.

"I can hear you!"

Music for baby

New research findings on the ability of a baby in the womb to recognize its mother's voice -- and even distinguish it from other female voices -- confirms what scientists have speculated about for more than 20 years: Experiences in the womb help shape your newborn's preferences and behavior.

Dr Barbara Kisilevsky, a Queen's University professor of nursing along with a team of psychologists at Queen's and obstetricians in Hangzhou, China, found that babies are capable of learning in the womb and can remember and recognize their mother's voice before they are even born. 

Read more about tht here -- and also find out about playing music for your baby in utero!

In the know

Poo problems? During pregnancy, you may be affected by a painful couplet of discomforts: constipation and hemorrhoids.

Fortunately, these problems are largely preventable and can usually be treated by dietary and lifestyle changes. Best of all, the worst is usually over within a few weeks of your baby's birth. Here you can find out more about these problems, and what you can do to minimize their effects.

Pregnant women commonly suffer from constipation -- the passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week. Women who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have a bowel movement, though other symptoms of constipation include feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish.

Click here for more about these "fun" pregnancy symptoms and even more important, how to treat -- and avoid them in the first place.

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