What defenses against diseases does your developing baby have?
These tiny gifts protect him from possible illnesses and infections he could face. This immunity does not lasts and he needs to develop his own resistance to disease.
You can do more to give your developing baby's immunity. It's crucial to keep yourself nourished so that you can give him the right nutrients he needs to fight off illnesses in the future.
How can you help support your developing baby’s future growth and development?
To have a diet rich in folic acid, eat foods, such as beans, legumes, nuts and dark green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and asparagus.3 A multivitamin that contains folic acid can work towards preventing pregnancy-related complications.4 Have a chat with your doctor on what multivitamin is suitable for you.
Apart from the intake of crucial nutrients, your developing baby is also accumulating stores of fat, especially on his arms and legs that will help him regulate his body temperature.
A healthy mother and her healthy developing baby
At the same time, your developing baby’s activity in utero may decrease, but there’s no cause for worry. He is growing and gaining weight fast – at the rate of half a pound (200 grams) every week! Your developing baby isn’t so little after all, and should now weigh around five pounds (2.2 kilograms). At this size, he’s discovering he’s now got a lot less space in your womb to move around.
Your developing baby is working so hard to develop the life skills he needs through brain development. At this stage, his brain development is advancing rapidly. His brain is establishing billions of complex connections that he’ll need so that he can breathe and swallow.
1MedlinePlus, National Institutes of Health. Downloaded from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1017.html. Accessed on October 2015.
3MedlinePlus, National Institutes of Health. Downloaded from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1017.html. Accessed on October 2015.
4Greenberg JA, Bell SJ, Guan Y, Yu Y. Folic Acid Supplementation and Pregnancy: More Than Just Neural Tube Defect Prevention. Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011;4(2):52-59.