Your pregnancy: 29 weeks


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How your baby’s growing:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash – see below) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.

How your life’s changing:

Your baby’s very active now. Your practitioner may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks and will give you specific instructions on how to do this.

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Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.