Your cutie is getting prepared to meet you! Are you ready? He is now gaining weight faster than the previous months as fat is deposited under the skin, thighs, hands, belly, and chest. Indeed, your baby will probably double or triple his current weight by the due date.
Although most of your baby’s organs are well developed, the lungs are not yet mature for normal breathing outside the womb. However, he has high chances of survival through neonatal care if delivered around this time. That is great news!
The remaining 11 weeks will be physically and emotionally challenging. Well, those kicks from your baby will get harder and sleeping might become an uphill task. Relax, and enjoy every moment because every week that ends propels you closer to the prize; holding your bundle of joy in your arms!
Your Baby at 29 Weeks Pregnant
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown fast and measures about 14.5 inches long and weighs 2.75 pounds. This is approximately the size of a standard butternut squash. You should anticipate the baby to double or triple this weight by the 40th week.
Have you noted that the kicks are getting stronger? As your baby’s hands and legs become stronger, he will continue practicing ‘kickboxing.’ Or is it Kungfu? The kicks will get stronger and a little painful at times. If you are keen enough, you will notice that the kicks and punches are intense at a specific period when the baby is awake. Your doctor might require you to start counting the kicks.
Over the last few months, your baby has been covered in vernix and lanugo. Now, he will start shedding these two layers as skin develops further and a layer of fat is deposited under it. The result is a smooth looking and beautiful cutie. Lovely!
Your Body at 29 Weeks Pregnant
At 29 weeks pregnant, every part of your body is gearing up to support your baby after delivery. Though the baby bump is the most noticeable growth, your boobs, face, thighs, back, and hands are all putting up layers of fat. This growth is accelerating the development of stretch marks. Well, do not worry because most of them will disappear months after delivery.
29 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
Time is rushing fast! At 29 weeks pregnant, you are in the seventh month. To be precise, your pregnancy is at six months and one week. This means that you only have about 11 weeks to go!
29 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
It is unlikely that you will get an ultrasound at 29 weeks pregnant unless your doctor recommends further monitoring of your baby. If you take a peep at your baby at 29 weeks pregnant, a layer of fat will be seen accumulating under the skin. This fat is progressively replacing vernix that had covered the baby in the last couple of months.
Another thing you are likely to notice from the 29 weeks pregnant ultrasound is that the baby is a master of gestures. He can wink and smile especially when excited. Therefore, go ahead and play good music or recite lovely poems for your baby because he will love them!
29 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Walking is becoming an uphill task for you. Isn’t it? This is caused by the shifting center of gravity. Well, this problem is bound to become even worse as your baby makes his presence known. Consider taking more time resting and avoid leaning on the back for balance. Instead, you should consider taking an upright position and assuming a straight posture as if you are resting on a wall. Besides, try to take most of the time relaxing. Here are other symptoms you should anticipate at 29 weeks pregnant.
Are you finding it difficult to remember even common things? Well, at times even remembering where you have placed your phone or car keys a few minutes ago can be an uphill task. This is caused by the upsurge in pregnancy hormones. To ensure you do not miss important activities and appointments, consider using reminders on your smartphone. You should also get more organized to avoid forgetting important tasks.
- What activities do you need to attend tomorrow or the entire week?
- What should you delegate?
- What should you put on hold?
Have you been experiencing fatigue lately? It is not uncommon around this time of pregnancy. Your body is operating a ‘marathon program’ to achieve four things: nourish your baby, support your body, get ready for delivery and prepare for your baby’s nourishment after delivery. This requires a lot of energy that can cause fatigue even when you are performing light-duty tasks. Indeed, you might even be finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
To address fatigue, you should take every opportunity to rest. Even if it is only 15 minutes, take the opportunity to close your eyes and rest. Note that you might also need to sleep with a pillow under the belly for support.
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown so much and is pushing into the stomach resulting in heartburn as digestive acids are forced up into the throat. To reduce the problem, you should try to take little food often, avoid spicy and fatty foods. However, consider discussing with your doctor if it gets worse.
Feel like eating more though you have just had another meal? As the baby grows fast and your body prepares for its nourishment after delivery, the food you are consuming is used up rather fast. You need to increase your food intake to hit about 450 calories every day. Make sure to talk to your doctor about the right foods to take. In some cases, the doctor might even recommend that you take some food supplements.
Things to Do at 29 Weeks Pregnant
Talk to your Doctor about the Right Diet
Because your baby is growing so fast, you will need specific nutrients to help with blood formation, skin, and brain development. Therefore, you need to talk to your doctor or dietician about the right food to eat. For example, you might be advised to increase iron, essential oils, and proteins uptake.
Start your Maternity Leave
In many organizations, pregnant women are allowed to start their maternity leave when 29 weeks pregnant. Therefore, make sure to get the clearance from your organization. If the person to take over your work requires some briefing, this will be a great week to hand over. Remember that signing the start of your maternity leave in most of the cases also triggers the processing of maternity allowance.
Visit your Medical Insurance or Confirm Everything is Okay
As you start your maternity leave, you also need to confirm that your insurance cover is in place to meet the costs you will incur during and after delivery. Therefore, you can walk into the insurance company’s offices or use its online portal to confirm everything is okay.
Note: When an insurance company assures you, it is advisable to have it done in writing. If you are doing it online, capture screenshots and save them. This might be necessary if you need to prove anything in a court of law. It is always good to be prepared and smart especially when dealing with insurance firms.
Review Available Caregivers to Assist you after Delivery
Immediately after delivery, you are likely to require a lot of assistance. If you need to hire a caregiver, this is a great time to review the available options. Remember that this should be a knowledgeable and trustworthy person. Go ahead and draw the terms and conditions of the caregiver. These include things like the tasks to be done, time of work and remuneration.
Take More Time with your Partner
As the pregnancy takes over your life, you need a leaning shoulder. This is the time to be closer to your partner. Take more time with him at home and away. What do you think of an afternoon in a nearby resort just relaxing and enjoying some time together? Take the moment to talk, sing and feel the baby. It will be fantastic!
29 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Attend your childbirth classes.
- Confirm your 30th-week prenatal checkup.
- Complete the preparations for the baby shower.
- Continue with your Kegel exercises.
- Take your recommended dose of multivitamin supplements.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 29 Weeks Pregnant
- Now that the baby is growing very fast, what is the right diet for me?
- I am worried about my post-delivery sex life? Will I be too big down there?
At 29 weeks pregnant, it is time to shift the bulk of your focus to the final part of the pregnancy; labor and delivery. Every activity should be directed at making you psychologically, physically, socially, and financially prepared. Therefore, consider the kicks from the baby and every symptom as a reminder that the end of the journey is nearer than at any time of the pregnancy.
Also, do not forget yourself! Get a special treat together with your significant other and enjoy the pregnancy. Take lots of pictures to remember the moment. Relax more and enjoy every moment!
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