You are now in the final trimester of your pregnancy. This is an exciting time; you will soon get to meet your baby. It can also be physically challenging as you may experience a whole range of symptoms, including backache, leg cramps, fatigue, hemorrhoids, and restless legs. Learn everything about your baby’s development, your symptoms, and tips to follow when you are 29 weeks pregnant.
Pregnancy week 29
At 29 weeks pregnant, your belly is steadily growing. You may find it difficult to bend now. Your baby is also gaining weight at a faster pace. Your baby will more than double her weight in the last two and a half months of pregnancy. You may even notice that your baby’s kicks are getting stronger. Your doctor may ask you to count her fetal movements once a day.
Pregnancy hormones and the pressure of your growing womb on your stomach can lead to indigestion. Eat small meals rather than larger meals three times a day. Do not eat for a few hours before you go to bed. Avoid caffeine and spicy and greasy foods.
2. Varicose veins
Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins that can be seen under the skin. They usually develop in legs, but you can also get them in your vulva and rectal area. You can prevent varicose veins during pregnancy by exercising and by elevating your legs whenever possible.
3. Stretch marks
As your body grows to accommodate your growing baby, it stretches your skin. The elastic fibers just under the skin break, and this leads to stretch marks. You may develop stretch marks on your belly, breasts, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. Stretch marks start as red or purple and fade to a white or grey after your baby is born.
4. Shortness of breath
As your uterus grows bigger gradually, it presses against your diaphragm, making it difficult to breathe. Take it easy and move slowly. Improve your posture so that your lungs have more room to expand.
Hormonal changes, stress, and lack of sleep during pregnancy can trigger migraines. Lie down in a quiet and darkroom and apply a cold compress on your forehead. It is also safe to take acetaminophen to reduce pain (1).
Pregnancy hormones relax the intestinal muscles, and the expanding uterus puts additional pressure on the intestines, which leads to constipation. Consume a diet high in fiber and stay hydrated. Exercise helps to stimulate the bowels and reduce constipation.
7. Pregnancy brain
Many women complain of forgetfulness, inattention, and fogginess during pregnancy. If you forgot your purse or can’t remember what you walked into the room for, you are not the only one. Take help from your family members, and keep a notepad handy.
8. Mood swings
Pregnancy hormones, stress, fatigue, and change in metabolism can lead to mood swings during pregnancy. Share your feelings with your partner and relax. Don’t take on too many tasks at a time, as this can lead to anxiety. Get plenty of sleep, relax, and eat well.
9. Fast-growing nails
Pregnancy hormones can make your nails grow faster and become stronger. Some women, on the other hand, may find their nails brittle and more prone to splitting during pregnancy.
Your body at 29 weeks of pregnancy
Your uterus is growing, and you can feel the top of your uterus four inches above your belly button now. At this stage of your pregnancy, you gain around 19 to 25 pounds. Your amniotic sac has finished growing. However, it is incredibly elastic and can comfortably accommodate your growing baby. Your heart and circulatory system are working hard to produce more blood and carrying oxygen and nutrients to your baby. You may also notice Braxton Hicks contractions from time to time, especially after an active day.
Your baby at 29 weeks of pregnancy
Your baby is now 14.5 inches long and weighs 2 ¾ pounds. Your baby has an excellent chance of surviving if she was born this week. She may not even need respiratory support.
- Your baby is quite active now. Some of her kicks may take your breath away.
- Your baby’s airways are maturing further.
- White fat is getting deposited under your baby’s skin, which is smoothening it out.
- Your baby’s brain has matured enough to be able to regulate body temperature.
- Your baby can now react to different foods, light, and sounds.
Tips to be followed at 29 weeks of pregnancy
Your body needs extra nutrition when you are pregnant. A diet that lacks vital nutrients may affect your baby’s development. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, pregnant women need more calcium, folic acid, iron, and protein in their diet (2). Eggs, dairy, fortified cereals, green leafy vegetables, and lean meat are foods rich in nutrients.
Though your body is naturally slowing down during the last trimester of pregnancy, you can still exercise during this time. Walk, yoga and pilates are good ways to stay active. Avoid weight-bearing exercises if you have hemorrhoids.
3. Watch out for UTI symptoms
UTI infections are common during pregnancy. According to the CDC, eight percent of pregnant women experience a UTI (3). Some of the symptoms include urgent and frequent need to urinate, burning sensation while urinating and cloudy, and strong-smelling urine. If you notice these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately.
Sleeping on your back during pregnancy can lead to problems like backache, low blood pressure, hemorrhoids, and can also cause a decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. Sleeping on your left side increases the amount of blood and nutrients that reach your baby and placenta.
5. Prepare your firstborn for the new arrival
The birth of a younger brother or sister is a major life event for a child. He has to adjust to the idea that he is no longer the center of attention of his parents. Tell your child the news of your pregnancy as soon as you tell others, even if he doesn’t understand. Since the mother will be in recovery and will have to focus on her new baby, it is ideal for the father to put in some extra time with the older child.
Your week 29 of pregnancy doctor’s visit
Now that you are in your third trimester, the frequency of your prenatal appointments will increase to once in two weeks. During this week’s appointment, your doctor will check your weight, blood pressure, and have you leave a urine sample to test for the presence of protein or sugar.
Your doctor will also check the development of your baby by measuring your uterus and monitoring your baby’s heartbeat. He will also ask you about your baby’s movements. You should get the Tdap vaccine to protect your baby from whooping cough. If the flu season is approaching, you should also get a flu shot.
Tips for the partner
Your partner is now busy planning how to handle her labor and delivery. It is time for you to think about what role you can play during delivery. Can you be the primary support person during delivery, or do you want to hire a doula to help your partner through labor and delivery?
You must also join your partner in the childbirth classes so that you can help and provide support during delivery.
At 29 weeks pregnant, you are steadily gaining weight. You are now experiencing a whole range of symptoms like constipation, shortness of breath, hemorrhoids, mood swings, and migraines. Your baby is quite active now and is reacting to different foods, sounds, and light. Eat regular, balanced meals, and sleep on your side.