Having a baby prematurely is frightening, no doubt. But here's a reason to relax: Due to the impressive advancements of medical technology, if your baby is born this week, s/he'd have a 9 out of 10 chance of survival, which is seriously great news. Other awesome developments:
Baby's brain can now control his/her breathing and body temperature. She can also cough, and his/her sucking abilities have been perfected. Look out, boobs!
Your mini's skin is looking less wrinkled as s/he packs on the pounds. S/he's starting to look more like a Pampers model and less like a Depends model. S/he's now beefing up on the energizing and insulating white fat s/he'll be born with (unfortunately, white fat is not energizing and insulating for adults!).
And speaking of energy, your little Energizer Bunny is on fire these days. You're sure to feel your share of kicks, punches and elbows, especially when you're lying down. You might want to start keeping a kick chart to monitor your baby's movements, and also to later show your 13-year-old child what you endured for him or her. Ask your doctor how to count kicks and how often you should do it.
This week your baby is a little over 15 inches long—about the length of a loaf of bread—and weighs about 3 pounds, as much as a Macbook Air laptop.
Pregnancy: 29 weeks
Gender: Team Green
Weight Gain: Well, I'm thinking it will be the same as my last doctor's appointment, but with a baby estimated to be three whole pounds now (OMG!) who knows!
Health: You know, I forgot to go for my GTT (glucose tolerance test). I'm pretty sure I need to get on this like- yesterday.
Belly: see below
Next appointment: Tomorrow!
Against my better judgement here's a bare belly shot (taken at 28 weeks 4 days)