29 WEEKS PREGNANT
Your baby is very active and by now, you probably would be able to tell his or her “active” time of the day.
Take the opportunity to count the number of baby kicks to spot any potential problems. If he or she is not or becoming much less active, you may need a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on the baby.
You are getting closer to the due date, so start packing a bag with things you might need with you at the hospital, lest you forget when the time draws near, or if you need to deliver at a moment’s notice.
Avoid standing for long periods of time. When in public transport, do request for a seat if no one gives up their seat for you because you have every right. Protecting your baby and yourself is of upmost priority.
29 weeks pregnant is how many months? 29 weeks pregnant is seven months and one week pregnant.
29 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 29 weeks? Your baby is the size of a papaya, which is about 38.6cm.
The current weight of your baby is about 1.14 kilograms (1.14kg).
29 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
29 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
This week, some old pregnancy symptoms that you have experienced previously might be making their return.
Being 29 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptom that your body might be experiencing:
- Acid reflux and indigestion. The pregnancy hormone, progesterone, will relax muscle tissue in your gastrointestinal track (and basically your entire body). This will in turn slow digestion, causing you to experience indigestion and acid reflux.
- Constipation. Constipation is something that is not uncommon during this period of time, so remember to drink up and eat high fibre foods.
- Sleeping problems. Your growing belly will be the culprit that causes your discomfort and your many sleepless nights. Exercise and take short naps while you can because you will need all the rest you can get!
- Hemorrhoids aka piles (bleeding in the stools). The blood vessels around your rectum area tend to swell during pregnancy. This, coupled with constipation, will cause you to have blood in the stools. However, not to worry as this will usually clear up after you give birth.
- Frequent Urination. As your uterus expands, it exerts more pressure on the bladder, which means more frequent trips to the toilet.
With a pregnant belly, needless to say, do not sleep on your belly, and also try not to sleep on your back. This is because when you lie flat on your back, your growing uterus will compress your veins along your spine, and this can cause a decrease in blood flow from your legs to your heart, resulting in dizziness and shortness of breath. It is best to sleep on your side.
29 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
At this stage you would have probably put on between 9 to 11.5 kilograms. If you feel around your pregnant belly, you will be able to feel the top of your uterus about 10cm above your belly button.
The baby is very active at this stage of pregnancy, preparing for the outside world. Remember to do the kick counts to monitor the activity levels.
Talk to your baby to strengthen the mother-child bond as your baby is able to hear you at 29 weeks into the pregnancy. You can even sing or play music for your baby as a form of entertainment.
If you haven’t felt the baby move in a while, there are a few things you could do! Lie down on your side and ask your partner to give you a belly massage, play some music, drink some orange juice (because the sugar will give the baby a boost) or even exercise. This should ‘wake’ the baby up and you will feel it moving once again.
Unless you are a high-risk pregnancy, you will only see your doctor next week at week 30.
HOW IS MY BABY AT 29 WEEKS PREGNANT?
This week, your baby’s head is growing bigger in order to accommodate the growing brain.
The brain is now capable of controlling the body temperature and rhythmic breathing. Researchers can detect brain wave activity in your baby at this stage, and it is speculated that they can even dream at this point!
You will notice that your baby is responding to your actions, from the food you eat to the sounds he or she is able to hear from the womb. If you noticed that your baby has not moved for an extended period of time, you could also drink a glass of cold water or eat a snack to get the little one to move.
The muscles and lungs are also continuing to develop, as are the bones. Do continue eating healthily and your supplements in order to meet the nutritional needs of your baby. This includes proteins, vitamin C, folic acid and iron.
In the third trimester, 250miligrams of calcium goes into hardening your baby’s skeleton each day.
At this stage your baby’s adrenal glands produce a chemical which is made into estriol, a form of estrogen, by the placenta. This is thought to make your body produce prolactin, which in turn, makes your body produce milk. Even if your baby is prematurely born, you will be able to breast feed.
WHAT TO DO AT 29 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Prepare your bag for the hospital and make sure it is ready at a moment’s notice
- Keep up with the exercise routine