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Pregnancy At Week 29

Pregnancy At Week 29
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What’s happening with your baby?

By week 29 of pregnancy, your baby is about three pounds and is nearly 17 inches long. That’s about the size of a butternut squash. They are certainly growing (and no one knows that better than you and your poor back) but they will most likely double or even triple their weight in the next 11 weeks. So, buckle up and get ready for an even harder time getting out of bed! As your little babe fattens up they will be gaining white fat which will begin to smooth out their wrinkly skin. This white fat is different from the brown fat that was essential earlier in fetal development. Brown fat was necessary for temperature regulation, but white fat (which is what you have, mom) is actually a source of energy!

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    You might recall that your baby’s teeth buds formed weeks ago. This week actual permanent teeth will form in your baby’s gums. Now they’re all set for the dreaded days, weeks, and even months of teething! Oh, the joy of what those little chompers will do to both you and your baby’s sleep routine.

    Your baby’s muscles and lungs are continuing to develop and your baby’s head is growing bigger this week. They have to make room for an ever-growing brain. There is a lot changing and growing this trimester for your baby, so make sure that you’re eating well and getting enough calcium to support that important skeletal development.

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    What’s happening with your body?

    Your baby’s living quarters have become rather tight at this point, so the kicks and jabs you feel might be less erratic and may be less frequent. Your physician might ask you to do an exercise called kick counts a couple times a day in order to ensure that your baby is moving alright. If you experience prolonged periods of time when your baby doesn’t move, contact your doctor. Otherwise, relax either in a seated position or laying down and count the movements you feel. Once you get to ten, you’re good. If it’s been an hour and you haven’t gotten to ten yet, your baby might be taking a snooze, so you should have a light snack or a glass of orange juice and try again. The sugar rush should get them moving and grooving so you can count their kicks. If you have felt fewer than ten movements in two hours, then call your physician. Chances are that everything is just fine, but it’s always better to check.

    A pregnancy hormone called relaxin causes your muscles to relax — including your digestive tract. This can cause your system to get backed up and you can get constipated. You can help relieve your constipation by eating yogurt with certain probiotics in it, or just by taking probiotics. Probiotics aren’t generally the first thing prescribed, but they are accepted by a vast majority of the medical community as a natural, safe, and easy way to support good gut health. And when hemorrhoids are a common side-effect of constipation, you’ll want to do everything you can to alleviate it. If you do have hemorrhoids, they should clear up a few weeks after the baby is born. If they are itchy, painful, or uncomfortable, try soaking in a sitz bath and applying cold compresses that have witch hazel to the affected area.

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    What to do during week 29 of pregnancy

    It might seem early, but run some important errands now. If your nesting instincts haven’t kicked in yet, they will soon! Grab plenty of newborn diapers, wipes, a diaper disposal can, a baby thermometer, and nose suction. Also, get a few things for yourself. You’ll need sanitary pads (I recommend nighttime pads with wings) for after the birth. You will bleed for several weeks. You might want to stock up on thank you cards before you receive all of the gifts you’re bound to get. Your breasts might already be leaking colostrum (a golden liquid that babies drink in the first few days before your milk comes in). Even if they aren’t, stock up on breast pads now! You’re going to need plenty when your milk really comes in.

    It might seem silly to prepare things like this when you’ll likely have over two months left of pregnancy, but you can never truly plan when your baby will come. You don’t want to be caught without any essentials if you go into labor early or if you simply lose track of time and your due date is suddenly upon you. Plus, with all of those pregnancy hormones hijacking your brain, you can pretty much guarantee that you will forget something every time you run errands so it will take multiple outings to prepare just the very basic supplies! Get used to it! Running errands with a little baby is like navigating a live mine field while carrying an infant! You will beat a path to the store more times than you care to remember.

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    Published on July 22, 2021

    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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    It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

    Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

    Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

    1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

      These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

      Get the recipe here.

      2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

        This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

        To try this recipe, go here.

        3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

          Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

          Check out the recipe here.

          4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

            Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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            Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

            5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

              This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

              Find the recipe here.

              6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                Get the recipe for this dish here.

                7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                  Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                  You can find the recipe here.

                  8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                    Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                    Find the recipe here.

                    9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                      This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                      Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                      10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                        Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                        The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                        11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                          Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                            This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                            Find the recipe here.

                            13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                              Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                              This easy recipe can be found here.

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                              14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                Find out how to make it here.

                                15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                  This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                  The recipe can be found here.

                                  16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                    This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                    Find the recipe here.

                                    17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                      Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                      Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                      18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                        Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                        Find the recipe here.

                                        19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                          Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                          20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                            Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                            Get the recipe here.

                                            Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                            Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                            Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                            1. Lose the Sugar

                                            Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                            2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                            Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                            3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                            Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                            When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                            Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                            Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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