By the time you get to 29 weeks, you can start looking forward to what is going to happen in labour. This is also the time that your baby starts to grow its own body fat as its weight and size increases.
29 Week Baby
At 29 weeks, your baby will be approximately 15.2 inches in length and around 2.5 pounds in weight. This is roughly the size of a bum bag.
There are other things that we should take a look in to now that you are 29 weeks through your pregnancy, and these include:
- The baby
- Your body
- Life surrounding your pregnancy
- Your ultrasound at 29 weeks
- What your bump might look like at 29 weeks
The Developing Baby at the 29 Weeks Stage
Up until the 29 weeks stage, your baby has been seemingly rather transparent until it begins to develop fat. This becomes evident through the white patches under the skin which can be seen on scans. Body fat on your baby is not only useful because it enables more to be seen of your baby on scans but it also helps your baby to self-regulate its body temperature more easily and in a more effective manner once they are born. Another added bonus to fat is that it is an energy source, as well as a way of enabling the brain to function. The additional fat helps your baby to create an immune system and keep illnesses away. Babies are only born with around 15% but this seemingly small percentage is essential for them to be safe, healthy and fully functioning. Interestingly, the 15% body fat that a baby requires is more than any other mammal and other interesting facts include:
- Reflexes: At this stage of development, your baby has developed the reflexes it needs for functioning in the outside world. This includes vital reflexes such as coughing.
- Hair: Your baby is starting to develop more hair on its head and its eyelashes are forming now as well.
- Strength: As the second trimester ends and the third trimester begins, the bones and muscles of your baby are developing and strengthening. So every time you get kicked, it’s a good sign that development is occurring well.
Symptoms of 29 Week Pregnancy
Exciting news – you only have 22 days until you are due to meet your baby. You perhaps won’t always feel the full excitement of this when you are up and down all night with a full bladder, but if you are aware that your uterus is filling the space your bladder needs then this will give you a better understanding of what’s going on and hopefully eradicate any annoyance. But what else is going on in your 29 week mummy tummy?
- Constipation: Are you feeling a bit blocked up? This is a common issue for pregnant women at it occurs because of the increased levels of progesterone throughout pregnancy which slow down the movements of the bowel. If you are also eating increase amounts of cheese or taking iron supplements, this can also be a cause for constipation. To help with this issue, you must be sure that the correct levels of the fibre of being taken in through your diet by eating plenty of fruit and veg on a daily basis. Plenty of exercise and water will also assist you in going to the toilet. Whatever you do, do not take laxatives as they are not safe to use during the time that you are pregnant.
- Haemorrhoids: As your uterus grows, the pressure increase internally and therefore your blood vessels swell…everywhere! This is not helped by the high likelihood of having constipation either. Be sure that you are very aware of your digestion, what you are consuming, and don’t sit or stand in one position for large amounts of time. Other things that can help with haemorrhoids are taking a hot bath, using a special sitz bath or using witch hazel pads.
- Lightheaded: This is another common issue for mums to be, where the room around them feels as if it is beginning to spin. This is caused when the blood pressure or heart rate changes drastically and the medical name for it is supine hypotensive syndrome. Lying on your side or rising from the position you are in at a slow pace are the best ways to counteract this if it is something you are suffering with during your pregnancy.
- UTIs: When you are pregnant, the chance of you getting a urinary tract infection increases. They occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract and or bladder. Due to the fact that your uterus is getting larger and heavy, as well as its position sitting on top of your bladder, your ability to fully drain your bladder decreases. This is the reason that so many pregnant women get UTIs. These are not something you can ignore and will more than likely need antibiotics for you to be able to get rid of them completely. There are antibiotics that are safe to take when you are pregnant and your doctor will ensure that you are taking the right ones, so do not be worried about this. You don’t want to leave a UTI and risk getting a kidney infection or premature labour. You will know if you have a UTI because it will be painful and you may feel as if you have an urgent burning sensation between your legs.
The Life of Mum at 29 Weeks
Development is already in full swing, but the third trimester is all about growth! As there is so much for your body to do in order to help baby reach its full term size, it is working on overdrive. Here are a few things you can do to help your body as it works so hard:
- Take deep breaths: It’s not going to be long before the baby inside you is going to need to be born. This is a worrying, anxious and stressful time for many women – you are not on your own. Whatever you are feeling, your baby will be in your arms in 10 weeks time or near enough. Keep yourself as calm as possible by meditating, talking with friends or therapists, and trust yourself that you are in a position that your body can handle. Be patient with yourself – what you are feeling is completely natural but you can and will cope!
- New Recipes: There are certain food groups that need to be focused on during the third trimester. Calcium will assist your baby in growing strong bones and teeth, but will assist its development with its heart, nerves and muscles. You need to be eating approximately 1,000mg per day of calcium to be able to provide your baby with all of the calcium it needs during the third trimester. If your intake of calcium is too low, the amount of calcium that your baby needs to grow and develop properly will be taken from your bones instead, leaving you weaker and more susceptible to breaks. To increase your intake of calcium, you can try eating dairy, calcium-fortified orange juice, soy milk, canned wild salmon, kale, chia seeds or almonds. Have a look for new recipes to find interesting and innovative ways to introduce higher levels of calcium into your diet to provide for your growing baby.
- Party: Moving around and dancing is a great way to get the blood circulating around your body and pumping as much as possible. It will also enhance your mood. So put on your favourite songs, turn up the volume and crack out those dance moves.
- Epsom salt: This is the must-have product for any pregnant mother and sprinkling it into your bath will really help you to relax. It is very soothing and easy to use as all you have to do is sprinkle it into your bath. This is a great way to ease tired muscles, decrease any aching feelings and also decrease any discomfort related to haemorrhoids that you may feel. You will also be very grateful to know that Epsom salts are a great way to relieve the vagina after you have vaginally delivered your baby.
By the time you have reached the 29 week mark, you will most likely have gained between 19 and 25 pounds in weight. You will now be feeling your baby kick so you can do kick counts each day. This is where you make a record around the same time every day or how many movements your baby makes. To check that your baby is dealing well with the growth process, you ideally want to be able to count 10 movements in two hours. If the type of movement or the number of moves your baby is making suddenly changes, you must tell your medical professional so that your baby can be checked.