From this week onward, the fetal movement you feel might become more aggressive with each passing day. As your baby starts to be able to feel emotions as well, take into account the fact that baby feels what you feel and do your best to enjoy each and every day! Knowing what to expect can prepare you mentally and emotionally for things that will come your way – so let’s get started on what can occur in Week 29!
29 Weeks Pregnant: Belly and weight gain
In Week 29, the fundal height is 10.2–13.8 in (26–35 cm), and as the amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus increases to its peak, the top of the uterus is about 3.5 inches (9 cm) above your navel. Your belly will also become bigger and protrude even more. At this stage, being able to see your feet might be a real feat.
As Baby grows bigger, your weight will increase. In the third trimester of pregnancy, the recommended daily calorie intake each day is about 2,400 calories.1This is about 400 calories more than the recommended daily calorie intake for women in general. However, hormone levels in pregnancy cause weight gain to occur more easily than usual.
Aim for about 1 pound (450g) a week in the third trimester of pregnancy – and that makes about 4 pounds a month (1.8 kg). Ideally, you should have put on 18–20 lbs (8.2–9.1 kg) by Week 29.
Symptoms of a preterm labor
Discharge keep the insides of the vagina from becoming dry. It also works to stop germs and mold from proliferating by maintaining the acidity in the vagina. During pregnancy, due to the increase in the amount of female hormones secreted, the amount of vaginal discharge also increases, and this can lead many moms into mistaking the discharge for their water breaking (preterm premature rupture of the membrane, PPROM).
However, the smell of and the state of the fluid discharged as a result of PPROM is different from vaginal discharge. Also, if the membrane ruptures, it will be followed by regular contractions after. In most cases, the delivery takes place within a week after the membrane ruptures.
If your vaginal discharge is brownish in color, you might be bleeding and it means that something might be wrong. Note the color of your discharge every day, and should you feel that something is amiss, have a talk with your practitioner.
29 Weeks Pregnant: Sonogram of fetus in your belly
The fetus is 15.7–16.5 in (40–42 cm) and weighs about 2.4–3.3 lbs (1.1–1.5 kg). The fetus now has the capability to remember things and is able to feel emotions. Any stimulation to the mother will also be felt by the baby. A memory from this period of time onward is called a fetal memory, and studies have shown that some infants have memories of things that happened they were exposed to even while they were still in the womb.
- The brain develops, and memory and feelings also develop
- Folds called the gyri are formed in the brain
- Marrows start producing red blood cells
- Fetus is able to open and close eyes, and this is a simulation for the actual act of seeing
- The lanugo (soft, fine hairs) covering the body slowly drops off
- Toenails are completely formed
- Development of the suckling reflex and the Moro reflex, an involuntary response to stimulation consisting of the flexing of the legs, a brief cry and arms thrown wide open
29 Weeks Pregnant: What to do with a breech baby
A breech presentation is the state in which a baby has its buttocks (breech) facing downwards. In normal cases, moms feel fetal movements above the navel and in the case of a breech baby, moms feel the fetal movements somewhere between the navel and the area around the bladder. If your bladder is affected by fetal movements, if there is abdominal tightness each time you are kicked by your baby, or if you feel the fetal movement coming from the groin region, you might want to consciously start taking note of the fetal movements. They could be signs of a breech baby.
In Week 29 of pregnancy, some breech babies correct their own positions and assume a vertex position, the ideal position in which the baby presents head first. However, when the breech baby does not change its position even when the pregnancy is well into Week 30, then it’s time to have a good talk with your practitioner. In many cases, practitioners try to change the positions of breech babies via external cephalic version in Weeks 36 to 38.
Symptoms: Edema (swelling)
In the later stages of pregnancy, as the amount of blood in the mom’s body increases suddenly, the kidneys are overworked and this results in edema. You might find that your shoes are tighter than usual, experience numbness in toes more often or even feel that your body temperature is higher than usual. These are also symptoms of preeclampsia, so do talk to your doctor if the symptoms become severe.
Reduce your intake of salt and instead, increase your intake of potassium, which helps to expel salt from your body. It is important that you take care of yourself and alleviate swelling on your own by trying out lymphatic drainage for the legs and feet.
29 Weeks Pregnant: Connecting with baby
Week 29 of pregnancy is when the fetus’ memory and emotional faculty develops. Let Baby listen to music or listen to you read a picture book as a form of “early education”. Baby is connected to you via the placenta – the connection is not just physical. Mentally, the both of you are connected as well, so when you are at ease, Baby will likewise be assured. As pregnancy continues to head towards full term, try to pass each day as calmly as you can, and all will be well.