Your baby has now reached the size of a big grapefruit. His skin is smoothing out, he reacts to loud sounds and can focus his eyes. Your breasts may leak colostrum, and conditions like frequent urination, heartburn and constipation may get worse.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Fetus
The baby’s skin is smoothing out as he accumulates more and more fat. At week 29 of pregnancy, you baby weighs about 2.2 lb / 1 kg and measures 14.8 inches/ 37.6 cm, the size of a big grapefruit. He will triple in weight before delivery. Vernix caseosa, that white, waxy substance which has been covering the baby’s skin to protect him from the effects of the amniotic fluid, is disappearing, and so is lanugo, that fuzzy hair which has covered his whole body until now. The baby will still have some vernix and lanugo covering him after birth, but much less then before.
Your baby’s bones are getting stronger and harder, which means he (and you!) need a lot of calcium – no less than around 250 milligrams per day, actually. Make sure your meals include foods rich in calcium, like dairy products, soybeans, leafy greens, or foods fortified with calcium like breakfast cereal and orange juice.
Your baby’s hearing is developing! If you feel he’s kicking harder in noisy surroundings as if responding to loud sounds, you’re probably not imagining. He is beginning to focus his eyes as well, though his eyesight in the first weeks after birth will be limited and he will only see things in black, white and grey. At about three month, your baby will begin to follow moving objects with his eyes and try grabbing for them, and his color vision will gradually develop in time.
The baby is probably extremely active these days, and your caregiver may ask you to track his movements and count kicks every day. If you haven’t felt your baby move for a while, lie on your side, prod your belly gently, or eat something – the baby is sure to wake up and respond with a kick soon enough. Your baby should stay active right until delivery, and if you suspect that he moves less than usual, notify your doctor or midwife at once to check on him and make sure everything is fine.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms
Your lower back pain is probably worse than before these days, and for a good reason – your baby is putting on weight faster than ever, and will triple his weight until delivery! Try to get as much rest as possible and avoid leaning back while standing or walking, which may put additional strain on the muscles in the area and actually make the pain worse. Keep your back straight, and your shoulders and buttocks relaxed.
Experiencing constipation, heartburn and gas more often than ever? The pregnancy hormone progesterone causes sluggish digestion by relaxing all smooth muscle tissue in your body – unfortunately, that includes your gastrointestinal tract. This, and the crowding in your abdomen as the growing baby leaves less and less space for your inner organs, slows digestion. Try avoiding big, heavy meals and fatty and spicy products, drink plenty of fluids and make sure your meals are rich in fibers. If that doesn’t help, consider adding a fiber supplement to your diet. Some women find that a milky drink (or just a bit of cooled milk) helps ease heartburn.
Suffering from hemorrhoids? This is a common condition during pregnancy. Your growing uterus that presses on your rectal area and the swollen blood vessels may be contributing to the problem, as well as straining during defecation and labor. Your blood vessels will return to their normal state in the weeks after delivery, though you may have difficulties pooping in those first weeks, too. In the meantime, fibers and fluids are your best friends. Light, regular exercise, such as strolling before bedtime, might help as well.
Frequent urination. The more your belly grows, the more frequent are your visits to the restroom. This is unpleasant, but don’t be tempted to drink less fluids – this might cause preterm labor. plus, proper hydration helps ease some pregnancy symptoms like water retention (edema).
Your breasts may be leaking yellowish liquid. This is colostrum, a form of milk rich in antibodies,that is supposed to protect your baby against diseases. Colostrum is generated due to high levels of the hormone prolactin in your body. Some women start generating it during pregnancy, others only start seeing it after delivery.
Yeast infection.. again? This is a common problem during pregnancy, and many women suffer from candida right until delivery. You can treat a yeast infection with over-the-counter medications (creams and suppositories), but it’s best to not to take medications without consulting your doctor to make sure that you don’t have a different infection with similar symptoms.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Questions
Your delivery is still weeks away, but there’s still much to think about. Have you already decided who is going to be your birth partner?
Whoever you choose to be your birth partner, it is fully your decision. Is it your partner, your mom or another close relative, a friend, or perhaps an independent midwife or a doula? Your partner can support you before and during labor, speak to medical staff when necessary and help you feel more confident and relaxed during delivery. When choosing your birth partner, make sure he or she knows what they need to do and how you want things to be done, and give them a copy of your birth plan if you have one.