Nutrition for Pregnancy: 29 weeks
Congratulations! You’re officially into your third trimester. Your baby weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is over 15″ long – about the size of a butternut squash. It is quite appropriate, by the way, that your baby’s size is compared to food because once he is born he will likely be so cute you want to eat him up! This week begins a state of rapid weight gain as your baby packs on muscle tissue and all his other body systems continue to develop (especially the lungs and brain). It’s especially important from now on that you eat several small meals throughout the day to keep the nutrition flowing to your baby as he grows and also to keep you nourished as your body prepares for the amazing and intense work of delivery. Be sure to obtain plenty of zinc in your diet during this time. This important nutrient helps your baby to properly develop muscle tissue and proper zinc levels will help you to make a complete and speedy recovery after childbirth. Foods that are rich in zinc include grassfed beef, wild-caught seafood (especially oysters, but make sure they’re from unpolluted waters), pastured egg yolks, sesame seeds or tahini (sesame butter), raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, and – appropriately – roasted butternut squash seeds.