This is the time during which your baby will be most active. It’s important to monitor kicks and movements at some time in the day to track your baby’s progress in development. Your healthcare practitioner will advise you on how to go about doing this. It is important to also let your healthcare practitioner know if you notice that your baby is becoming less active. Heartburn and constipation are are especially prevalent at this time of your pregnancy. This is due to progesterone relaxing smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation slows digestion.
At 29 weeks pregnant, baby’s not just moving a lot, but also plumping up. And as baby continues to put pressure on your digestive system, you’re going to feel the effects: hemorrhoids, heartburn, pelvic pain, and frequent urination are all common at this stage in the game.
- Headaches and/or lightheadedness You can get a headache or feel out of sorts if you’re sleep deprived. (We know it’s probably been tough to get a restful night of sleep!) But it could be from low blood sugar too, so make sure you’re eating at regular intervals.
- Itchy belly Your skin is stretching thinner, making it more sensitive. Lotion up and drink lots of water! Let your doctor know about any intense itches or a rash.
- Back, leg, or hip pain Some soreness is totally par for the course. Your body’s carrying around extra weight all day at 29 weeks pregnant, and depending on baby’s position, he or she is putting pressure on anything and everything. (Even more so if you’re 29 weeks pregnant with twins!) Plus, your joints and ligaments are getting softer and more relaxed in preparation for delivery. All of that pressure can cause aches and pains all over.
- Hemorrhoids Baby’s putting pressure on your digestive system too, and those pesky hormones may be relaxing your intestinal muscles, causing uncomfortable hemorrhoids. Combat them by eating plenty of fiber, think leafy veggies, and drinking lots of water.
- Constipation This isn’t really helping the hemorrhoid situation, is it? The fiber and water will help here as well.
- Trouble sleeping Don’t overdo it with caffeine, drink lots of water, and get some light exercise. We’re big fans of prenatal yoga and brisk walks around the neighborhood (or the mall!).
- Frequent urination The more your uterus expands, the more you’ll probably have to hit the restroom. This doesn’t mean cut down on drinking water. ICYMI, proper hydration is important for easing many 29 weeks pregnancy symptoms; it’s also important for preventing preterm labor. (You’re at higher risk for preterm labor if you have a pregnancy complication or if you’re 29 weeks pregnant with twins.)
If you’re 29 weeks pregnant with twins, a membrane … basically, a thin wall … has formed between the babies. Your twosome is definitely getting super crowded inside your 29 weeks pregnant belly.
Development of Baby
At 29 weeks, baby is the size of an acorn squash. Your 29 weeks baby already measures about 15.2 inches long. And he or she weighs about 2.5 pounds, but still has a way to go … your baby will triple in weight before the birth.
Baby is getting a little cramped in there … that’s a given, seeing how fast he or she’s growing. That means all those kicks and jabs are getting stronger. You might even feel a subtle, repetitive twitch. That is your week 29 fetus hiccupping.
Your baby’s muscles and lungs continue to mature. The head is growing bigger to make room for the developing brain.
Baby is starting to feel a bit crowded, and thanks to surging energy levels, is pretty active. Continue doing kick counts each day to make sure baby’s activity levels seem pretty consistent. Baby should move 10 times in two hours or less.
If you haven’t felt baby move in a little while and you’re starting to worry, drink some ice water, play some music, or lie down on your side for a nice massage (your partner may help you). One of those activities should wake baby up. Anytime you’re worried about fetal activity, call your doctor; she may want to have baby checked out.
If you’re on a typical prenatal visit schedule, you probably don’t have to see the doctor at week 29 of pregnancy, but you’ll go back around week 30. If you were to look at a 29 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you may see that baby’s growing white fat deposits under the skin, and his or her energy is surging because of it.
Discuss with your healthcare practitioner whether you should increase your intake of vitamin C, calcium, protein, folic acid and iron to meet your baby’s increasing nutritional demands due to her rapid growth.
Swollen blood vessels in your rectal area called haemorrhoids might occur. These are caused by pressure from your growing uterus but should clear soon after birth. To relieve symptoms caused by this condition, make sure to drink enough water and to eat a diet rich in fibre to combat constipation. Do not stand on your feet for long periods of time. Regular exercise may also help.