When you are 29 weeks pregnant, your baby is growing rapidly in both strength and length; something you may notice by your belly taking all sorts of funny shapes as your baby is kicking and moving around. Here is a hilarious video of such a moving pregnant belly.
Eating healthy continues to be important. To learn more about the benefits of healthy eating during pregnancy, click here.
For mom, it is time to say goodbye to your legs. You are not likely to be able to see them while standing up until after giving birth.
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Your Baby’s Development
The fetal age of your baby is now 27 weeks. Your baby is now as tall as your forearm, all the way from the elbow to your little finger, some 15 inches (38 cm). Have a look! Your baby is not so tiny anymore. He or she weighs about 2.5 pounds (1.2 kg).
By this time, you should be expecting your baby to move or kick at least ten times in an hour. Of course, babies are not all made equal; some are more active than others. But if you get worried, try keeping track of your baby’s movements during a couple of hours, and discuss the result with your midwife. And remember that even unborn babies do sleep, but usually not for several hours.
The fact that your baby is getting both tall, heavy and strong is something you may notice when he or she kicks. If you have a wild kid in your womb, your belly may be taking all sorts of shapes as your baby carrying out the daily workout. Watch the video below and compare with your own belly. Most moms will not have these extreme belly movements!
The muscles and lungs are on their way to becoming more developed and matured. The head is bigger than before – this is to allow more space for growth. Since these are major developments that are taking place, you need plenty of vitamin C, iron, folic acid, and protein to help aid in the normal growth and development of the baby inside your womb. And since the baby’s bones are also rapidly growing, you need more calcium in your diet to balance the demands needed by the baby. You can get enough calcium from sources like cheese, yogurt, and milk.
The baby’s fats continue to deposit under the skin – making the previously wrinkled skin smooth. These are the white fats, which actually serve as an energy source for the baby. And this explains why your baby is so energized during this period. You can feel more vigorous kicks than before. And the baby responds more quickly to light, sound, and movement.
The brain can now control the breathing patterns and the control the body temperature. Your baby’s eyes can move in the sockets.
Your little one is now more sensitive to sound, light, smell, and taste. The buds for permanent teeth are starting to form in the gums.
Your tummy is now so big that you might no longer be able to see your legs when you are in a standing position; maybe not even your toes.
Forty percent of pregnant women develop varicose veins during this time of the pregnancy. These may be of great concern especially to those who want to wear skirts. But tell you what, that’s better compared to varicose veins in the rectum or in the vulva. Spider veins are not varicose veins. Don’t get confused. Spider veins are just due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and will just fade after the baby is born. Varicose veins can sometimes be painful, but some experience no discomfort from them. These are said to be hereditary in nature. So if your mom had them during her pregnancy, then it is most likely that you will have them, too.
Always remember that the best way to prevent varicose veins is to avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing. You can use support hose and have your feet elevated several times a day.
You may also continue to experience same old situations, but heartburn and constipation are more common this time.
Ever wondered why all these odd symptoms are common during pregnancy? It is because of your pregnancy hormones, One of them is progesterone. Progesterone is a smooth muscle tissue relaxant – necessary to prevent early contraction during pregnancy. This hormone not only relaxes the smooth uterine muscles but also the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract, making digestion slower, leading to accumulation of waste in the large intestine. And remember that the large intestine absorbs water – leading to constipation.
Progesterone also relaxes the valve that is responsible for backflows of gastric acid, causing the acid to back up, giving that unpleasant and burning sensation or what is commonly known as heartburn. If you experience this at night, talk to your midwife. If is absolutely horrible to wake up at night because of stomach acid coming up. There is medication available even for pregnant women.
Make sure to start attending a prenatal class, preferably together with your partner.
Week 29 Pregnancy Video
Diary of a Daughter
What’s it really like being 29 weeks pregnant…? Here’s a true diary from a 29 weeks pregnant mom (Me..!)
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At the visit to the Dr this week, I was dilated again. Not so much; 1 centimeter, but still scary. My cervix had shortened too. The Dr didn’t seem too worried, but I am. Things are not going in the right direction. Better keep staying in bed even if it is boring.
My active little baby now kicks me in the ribs. Ouch!
Are you also 29 weeks pregnant? Please share your experiences and thoughts by leaving a comment below!
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- Childbirth videos that are helpful (even when you’re pregnant)
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image: Image of 29 weeks belly by Graham andSheila