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WEEK 31 - TRIMESTER 3

 

As D-Day fast approaches, your little one is getting ready to turn upside down, if they haven’t already. What a clever baby! But you already knew that. Read more about this week.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your baby is still growing and growing. As of this week, they weigh half of what they will weigh at birth, and still has a few more centimetres to go as well. Meanwhile, they will start to get into the position they will have at the time of delivery: 95 % of pregnancies are delivered with the baby upside down, top of the head forward. This is called the "presentation" and may be determined at the next ultrasound.

 

YOUR BODY

If you are surprised by the size of your breasts, remember that your body is getting ready to breastfeed. The big moment is coming closer!  Don’t be surprised if you find yellow flecks on your blouse or T-shirt once in a while: that is “pre-milk,” or colostrum. Though surprising, it is a good sign. It means your breasts are ready for feeding your child. The colostrum you give your baby in the first few days contains antibodies that boost your child’s immune system. Not every woman produces pre-milk at this point. If you are one of them, you can protect your clothing with a nursing bra and breast pads. You can find them in any baby accessories store.

 

NUTRITION

As your baby will be putting on an additional 1 to 1½ kilos between now and the birth, an average of 200g per week, you need to adjust your diet a bit. During the last trimester, your body will require on average an extra 1900kJ/d, so you need to make sure you are eating for both your and your baby’s energy needs.  Lots of fresh fruits and veggies, good lean proteins, whole grains, “good” fats. It’s the best way to ensure that your little love has all the nutrients they need without stealing from your reserves.

 

TIPS

The size of a woman’s breasts has absolutely nothing to do with how well she can nurse her baby. Repeat – there is no relation at all! Even if small-chested, you should have no problem breastfeeding your child. A woman with a small chest will not produce any less milk than a larger woman – the amount of milk is determined by how much your baby drinks and how well their sucking mechanism works. Yes, it’s all up to the baby!

 

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