Your baby this week
29 weeks pregnant

healthy sandwichEasy meal plans

One of the most important things you can do while pregnant is eat healthy meals and snacks. Your diet directly affects your baby’s health and growth while he’s in your belly and your diet choices during pregnancy affect your baby’s health even after he’s born. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a sample healthy meal plan for pregnancy!

In the know

How can you tell your baby's position in utero?

Physicians and nurse-midwives use a technique called the Leopold maneuvers to determine a baby's position.

In the four steps that this procedure involves, the examiner:

  • Feels the top (fundus) of the uterus to determine if it's hard and round, like the head, or irregular and soft, like hands, feet and elbows.
  • Puts her hands on both sides of the abdomen to determine on which side the baby's back lies. The back is smooth and convex, whereas the extremities have multiple parts. Discerning the location of the back helps considerably in determining the baby's position.
  • Places a single hand just above the pelvic bone to feel for the head (round and hard) versus little feet, ankles and knees (irregular and nodular).
  • Determines the exact position of the head and neck within the mother's pelvis (if the head is down there) and which way the baby is facing for delivery.

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Maternity clothes guide

maternity clothes sweaterThird trimester

You are at the home stretch! You may not be able to see your feet and waddle when you walk but, trust us, you can still look stylish and feel comfortable in your 3rd trimester.

Follow our tips for those last few months of pregnancy:

Comfort can be stylish: Dresses are a must-have for your 3rd trimester. They skim your curves beautifully, are comfortable and easy (no messing with matching tops and bottoms!). Whether you prefer a long maxi dress, a wrap dress or a cute sundress, you will look as good as you feel (or better than you feel!).

Leggings: Luckily for pregnant moms, leggings are back in a huge way! Pair black leggings with a long tunic top, sweater dress or button-front shirt, throw on some flats and you are golden!

Underwear and bras: You don’t have to spend a lot on underwear and bras — but you will most likely need a larger size than your pre-pregnancy size. Check out stores like Target or Old Navy to pick up maternity underwear or regular underwear in a larger size. If you plan on breastfeeding, you may consider picking up a nursing bra.

Sleepwear: Go for maximum comfort when sleeping. Whether you prefer a maternity nightgown or a tank top and underwear, look for stretchy and soft fabrics for maximum comfort.

Pictured is the Nicole Richie Spaghetti Strap Smocked Maternity Dress from A Pea in the Pod.

More pregnancy fashion:
Stretch your maternity clothes budget: 3rd trimester tips
3rd trimester maternity clothes shopping do’s and don’ts
3rd trimester feel good fashions

Talk about it

Have you visited a message board forum recently? Studies show that mamas who use forums were more likely to ask for help when they needed it (for all issues -- baby parenting, health advice, and more), knew more than mamas who never participated in forums (for example, knew the best ways to get a baby to sleep), and were more likely to get together face to face with other new mamas (because they?d set up groups and meetings online). Read more about the benefits of message board friendships here!

Fitness advantage

A study conducted by Raul Artal, MD, professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, suggested that pregnant women who exercise have better pregnancies and outcomes than their sedentary counterparts.

Dr Artal, co-author of Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby Is Born, offers advice on which types of exercise are best for pregnant women, and which should be avoided. He says, "The ideal exercise program should offer a variety of options such as walking, swimming, stationary cycling, strength training, or calisthenics. But all should be individually tailored by a certified exercise trainer and approved by the woman's physician to ensure the program maximizes safety."

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