3 Jan 2017 | 5 min Read
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By week 29, your baby’s nutritional needs increase, and that’s why you should increase your protein, iron and calcium intake. Iron is important for your baby’s week by week growth, protein to support their developing brain, and calcium for strengthening your bones. Apart from a growth spurt, most of your baby’s major organs will be fully functional by now, and you will also experience increased fetal activity and movements.
During this week, your baby hears your voice too, so it’s a great time to start communicating with them, and strengthening your bond. Are you curious to find out what other pregnancy symptoms occur in the 29th week of pregnancy? Keep reading to find out.
Your baby’s body is almost fully dreveloped and remains covered in vernix, a greasy, white substance that provides warmth and protection to their skin while they are in the womb.
Your baby is roughly the size of a butternut squash and weighs 1133 gm, and measures 39.7 cm long.
Your uterus now occupies almost all of your abdominal cavity. This means that all your internal organs have been pushed out of the way to make space for your developing baby. This puts a lot of pressure on your diaphragm, stomach and intestine.
As a result, you might additional pressure and discomfort under your ribs, experience breathlessness, acidity and loss of appetite. You might also feel constipated as the hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles in your intestines, making it difficult to pass bowels. Remember to not force excretion as this can cause piles or trigger a contraction!
During this time you will notice swelling in your fett and hands. This condition, also known as edema, occurs due to increased fluid retention in your body. As your belly expands, you may also find it difficult to move flexibly. If you have started feeling clumsy on your feet, walk with slow and steady steps. As your pregnancy progresses, the clumsiness in your gait might increase. There is no need to feel embarrassed as this is natural.
You may experience quite a lot of mood swings, but don’t fret, they are normal and occur due to hormonal fluctuations. But if you do feel that your fears and anxious thoughts are taking all over your mind, then seek help from your doctor, and understand methods to cope them better.
Your belly enlarges and you will also experience a significant amount of weight gain tp help support your baby’s development. You baby bump will be extremely prominent now, and it’s the perfect time to schedule a photoshoot before you get too busy preparing for your little one’s arrival.
You can now opt for a growth scan to check the growth and development of your baby. This will also help your healthcare provider check for any abnormalities in your little one.
Here are some self care tips and checklists for leading the healthiest life possible during your 29 weeks pregnancy.
Yes, your baby is almost fully formed by 29 weeks of pregnancy.
At 29 weeks, your baby will most likely be in a vertical position with their head down towards the cervix.
Your baby is still gaining weight at 29 weeks pregnant, including more fat and muscles. Additionally, they are actively preserving their little bones. Your doctor may suggest increasing your intake of iron and calcium if you’re feeling exhausted.
By 29 to 30 weeks, a baby is amost developed but it is still considered quite early for delivery.
37-39 weeks are considered the best week for delivery.
Make sure you take your supplements and eat healthy as your baby is pulling out nutrients from your reserves. Remember to keep a count of your baby’s kicks. It is suggested that from this week, foetal kicks must be counted twice every day. If you do not feel the movements as expected, do not panic. Just take a small glass of a sugary drink and lie down for some time, then wait for the kicks.
Another trick is to practice a lot of deep breathing as this tends to wake babies up from their deep slumber. If you still find your baby not moving adequately after the above exercises, then it is advisable to go for a checkup.