29 Weeks Pregnant

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From the moment you conceive until the baby is born, there will be some big changes happening to your body along with the growth of your baby. This article can help shed some light on what to expect at 29 weeks pregnant.

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Mommy Matters

By the 29th week of pregnancy, the baby will be growing very quickly. At 29 weeks pregnant, she is gaining weight all the time, the lungs are developing along with the muscles and the head is growing bigger because of the brain developing rapidly which started in the 28th week.

Your lung capacity has increased and your ribs have spread out sideways to help your lungs work harder.

Because of all this, it is very important for you to get plenty of rest and also to stock your body with nutrients. You need plenty of proteins, folic acid, iron, calcium and vitamin C.

At 29 weeks pregnant, you will probably experience some strange symptoms around this time and one of these is leaky breasts. This is colostrum and is a thin, yellowish fluid which precedes your breast milk. It contains the antibodies that the baby needs to fight infection and illness during her first few days of life. Even if you don’t want to do the breastfeed, you should maybe consider doing so for a few days so that your baby gets this valuable protection. You may only get one or two drops of it but if it gets much heavier then you can put nursing pads inside your bra to help stem the flow.

Baby Watch

Your baby makes practice breathing movements as he swallows amniotic fluid.

By now there is a chemical being produced by the baby’s adrenal glands. This chemical will be made into a form of estrogen, called estriol, by the placenta. The production of prolactin in your body, which helps you to produce milk, is thought to be stimulated by estriol and this means that you will still be able to breastfeed even if the baby arrives early.

With every week that passes, it becomes more likely that your baby will be born healthy and strong. Her brain is controlling the body temperature and rhythmic breathing and this means that she probably wouldn’t need help with breathing if she arrived early. The eyelashes are growing, the brain is developing and fat is being added all the time. It is believed by researchers that babies can even dream at this stage. Wow! Is it not amazing?

Baby Weight and Size

At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 15-5/8 inches (39.9 cm) long from crown to heel! Her weight is now around 1.3 kg (3 lbs), just about the size of a large cabbage.

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29 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

Your appetite will be increasing because of the baby’s rapid growth at this time but try to resist the urge to binge on cakes, sweets, and junk food. It is very important to eat healthily for your sake as well as the baby’s.

If you are suffering from pain or tingling in your hands then you may be experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is quite common during pregnancy and should go away after the birth but you can try some natural cures for now.

Tips and To Do’s

Water, water, and water

Drink plenty of water, 2/3 liters per day.

Eat high fiber food

You should be eating a high fiber diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, cereals and bran.

Exercise is essential

Exercise such as walking or swimming is essential to help stimulate your bowels, 20/30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week.

At 29 weeks pregnant, it is a good time to start learning some stretching exercises to help prepare your body for the actual delivery. This doesn’t have to be strenuous and even gentle stretching will help as well as preventing annoying things like leg cramps.

It cannot be stressed enough the importance of some gentle exercise. Just the act of getting up and doing something can increase your energy levels. It also helps to prevent weight gain, reduces stress, reduces the risk of complications and can make for an easier delivery. You will be surprised how much better you feel after some exercise. Even if you feel that you can’t even get up off the couch, try it and you will see!

Use iron-rich foods

At 29 weeks pregnant, you must reduce or cut down iron supplements altogether. You should, however, be eating iron-rich foods which help to produce red blood cells. Foods such as lean meat, greens, and fortified cereals are a good source of iron.

Cough Vaccine

You will be offered the whooping cough vaccine to protect your unborn baby from this virus.

Use pillows to support belly

If it’s hard to stay comfortable at night, position pillows to support your belly. V-shaped pillows are helpful.

Giving a final touch to your preparations

At 29 weeks pregnant, you probably have everything you need for the birth, the hospital and for home after the birth. Now, though, it is a good time for a final check! Things such as nightgown, nursing bras, baby clothes, car seat, diapers, wipes and so on. Just go over everything again and check once again. There is a possibility that you have forgotten something with everything else that is going through your mind at the moment.

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