29 Weeks Pregnant
— Time to monitor fetal kick count
When you are 29 weeks pregnant, your uterus is now about 3½ to 4 inches above the belly button. This week, you should pay focus on your baby’s movements. You may observe patterns of sleep as well as wakefulness in your little one. In case you find any kind of abnormal baby movements or reduction in the number of movement, make certain to call your care provider.
You will notice a great increase in the blood volume, almost double than the previous level. By this week, you have gained 15-20 pounds. Make sure that you take regular prenatal vitamins such as iron and calcium. As third trimester is the most developing period for your baby and there is a great need of calcium and iron for the developing baby. If you are not getting the required levels, then the developing baby uses iron and calcium from your body thus causing a deficiency of these vitamin levels in your baby.
Insufficient calcium levels can lead to osteoporosis in your upcoming life and iron deficiency can lead to anemia.
Symptoms experienced by a 29 weeks pregnant woman:
Varicose veins are the most common condition experienced by several pregnant women. There are things you can do to reduce this condition, such as keeping your blood flowing, watching your weight, and also avoiding heavy lifting.
Itchy abdomen is also a common condition during pregnancy. During pregnancy, your skin will be stretched to accommodate with the growing uterus size and also with your increasing body weight. This stretching makes your skin to become dry and thus causing itchiness. Applying a moisturizer rich in vitamin E can help to reduce itching and also decrease the formation of stretch marks.
Apart from these conditions, there are several other pregnancy symptoms that you may experience. They include: constipation, forgetfulness, hemorrhoids, occasional headaches, difficulty sleeping, skin hair and nail changes.
Physical changes that occur in a 29 weeks pregnant woman:
Healthy weight gain is a sign of healthy pregnancy and baby development. However, during pregnancy third trimester, some women may experience sudden weight gain within few days, followed by elevated blood pressure levels, severe swelling of your face, hands, and a debilitating headache, which all can signal a condition called preeclampsia. If it is the case with you, make sure that you are under the doctor’s supervision for a well and safe birth.
Fetal changes that occur in a 29 weeks pregnant woman:
In 29 weeks pregnant woman, the baby is now about the dimension of 15½-16½ inches long, weighs about 2.5 pounds and seems more as an infant itself.
During this time, your baby’s eyes will almost appear in blue color and now he/she can differentiate intense sun light or artificial lighting from your uterine walls.
From now, baby’s movements are not flexible and noticeable because that area is now more confined, but still you will feel baby’s stretching and kicking.
For baby boys, the testicles will descend from near to the kidneys over the groin and way to the scrotum. For baby girls, clitoris is quite prominent as it is not yet enclosed by the labia. This will develop and cover it within the last couple of weeks prior to birth.
The baby’s head is growing larger and the development of the brain is more rapid during this period. Almost all the babies will respond to sound by the end of pregnancy week 29.
Baby’s skeleton system will become hard and muscles, lungs and brain continue their development.
By this week, almost all the babies will have hair on their head and also baby’s head is now in right proportion with the rest of the body.
The 29 weeks fetus will need more nutrition which it gets from the mother to produce itself for sufficient development to ensure proper delivery. Make sure that the baby grows well enough before it arrives outside.
What care should be taken by a 29 weeks pregnant woman?
During pregnancy week 29 onwards, it is very important to eat several smaller meals per day. This period is most crucial for your developing baby to supply required nutrients. Also, you should be very careful when comes to eating habits. The increased levels of progesterone hormone can tremendously slowed your digestive system and the decreased belly space makes you unable to eat larger portions of meals. So, consuming several smaller and nutritious meals is very important for the healthy growth and development of your baby. Make sure to drink plenty of water to reduce constipation, which can also result in hemorrhoids.
Generally most pregnant women who are in their third trimester stop doing their physical activity. They think that with the larger belly size, doing a physical activity may harm their developing baby. It is completely wrong! Exercises such as walking or swimming are most recommended and also they make you feel more energetic. Practice workouts that help to strengthen your abdominal muscles which give better support for your back. Remember that after fourth month, you are not allowed to do workouts while lying on your back.
Participating in prenatal yoga, meditation and childbirth classes can help you informed about several important things of pregnancy as well as labor and birth. Prenatal yoga helps reducing your back pain and meditation reduces the stress levels during pregnancy.
Also, pregnant women during their third trimester should be aware of the premature signs. They include:
- Lower back pain
- Menstrual-like cramps
- A drop of amniotic fluid form the vagina or watery brownish or pinkish discharge accompanied by the passing of thicker, gelatinous mucus plug
If you notice any of these conditions, immediately call your care provider.
Things you should know during 29th week pregnancy:
Most pregnant women are not aware of the Pitocin drug, which is used to speed up your labor process. It is utilized for 1/3rd of all births.
Right from the start, pitocin induces hard labor. Also, it helps to stimulate regular and frequent contractions right from the start, which is totally distinct from the natural labor. Pregnant women who took the drug should be under doctor’s supervision to observe the reaction from the drug pitocin.
Are you in dilemma whether or not to breastfeed? For first time mothers-to-be, it is very essential to recognize about the importance of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can help both for you and your baby. It regulates hormonal production in your body that aids you to calm down. It boosts immunity in your child to protect itself from any harmful conditions.
Breastfeeding regulates the production of oxytocin hormone, which increases uterine contractions and help to decrease vaginal bleeding following the delivery. Also, breastfeeding makes your postpartum weight loss easy.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 30…