Hey, there mommy; isn’t it exciting to notice that you have waddled into the 29th week of your pregnancy? Along with your excitement, your baby, your swollen hands, feet and, of course, your bump are all growing. You may feel that you cannot get any larger without your skin bursting, but hang in there. Your body is flexible enough for giving birth. It will stretch and mould according to the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. You should know that every change taking place in your body is essential.
You have one of the greatest miracles of the world in the making at present, yet this is one of those times when you feel awed by life and humbled by this new role. Meryl Streep put it out so well when she said, “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials”.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Changes In Your Body:
It is time now for your feet to disappear below your growing belly when you are in a standing position. It is the time when you discover what pregnancy and growing belly really mean. From week 29 to the day of delivery, your baby is going to grow double in size. Get ready for more growth of the bump in the coming weeks. Apart from these natural growing changes, you may find some pregnancy related symptoms and signs in your body as well.
- Since the uterus is growing at a rapid pace and developing into the rib cage, you may find it hard to take a deep breath. You can feel the fundus (uterus) about 4 inches above your belly button now.
- The uterus is exerting pressure on the other end as well, bearing down on your bladder and pelvic region. Frequent urination, leg cramps, pains and aches are not new to you anymore. Sigh!
- The changes in hormone levels will leave your skin dry, itchy and also with some rashes. Do not scratch, no matter how tempting it is. Find a good moisturizer that can keep your skin hydrated and healthy. If things get out of hand, consult your healthcare provider.
- Severe itching during pregnancy can also be a sign of a rare liver disorder known as obstetric cholestasis. You need not panic at every itch you feel, which is common during pregnancy.
- You may need to use breast pads from now since the colostrum may leak and stain your dress. Some women may never need any protection, and you could be one among them as well. Be prepared for it.
- Your nipples may become darker. The veins of your breast will show through the skin.
- Be alert for the symptoms of urinary tract infection, since your body is more susceptible to UTIs in the third trimester of your pregnancy.
- Heartburn and indigestion may not just bother you during the day, but they may keep you awake in the night as well. Keep away from heavy meals. Eat smaller portions of light nutritious food whenever you feel hungry.
- Take special measures to deal with constipation and hemorrhoids, which are common features of the third semester of your pregnancy. Increase your fluid intake along with good fibrous foods to handle this problem. Yogurt will help in managing constipation and hemorrhoids to a great extent.
[ Read: Constipation During Pregnancy ]
- Blame those hormones again for the dry and brittle nails which seem to grow by every hour now. You may have to give them some extra attention during your pregnancy. How about making this an excuse to indulge in pedicure and manicure?
- When your partner tells you that you are looking hot, do not rebuff him. The core temperature of your body may increase slightly due to increased blood volume. Hence, he is right when he says you are hot.
[ Read: Manicure During Pregnancy ]
You may have to take care of the varicose veins during pregnancy. They are known to affect nearly 40% of pregnant women. If they were present before your pregnancy, they might get worse now. If not, they may appear at some stage in your pregnancy. There is nothing much to be worried about these swollen blood vessels, other than you may have to pack away those lovely short dresses that flaunted your legs for a while. You may be one of those lucky women who get away without any varicose veins showing up at all during the entire duration of the pregnancy.
The reasons for the appearance of varicose veins during pregnancy are:
- Growing pressure on the pelvic veins.
- Relaxation of muscles by the hormonal changes.
- Standing on your feet for a long period.
Varicose veins can be painful for some women. More than treating them, it is better to avoid them in the first place. Doing regular exercise and refraining from sitting or standing for a long time will help in the prevention of varicose veins. The mantra is to keep the blood circulating through those veins freely.
In the case of extreme discomfort, you can use a special hose that helps in managing the varicose veins. Your healthcare provider can help you with further guidance and medications if required.
[ Read: Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy ]
Hold your breath, for we are going to discuss the breathing exercises extensively this week. Breathing is one of most simple task we ever do. When controlled, it not only helps you to cope with labor, but also helps in reduction of:
In addition it also:
- Increases awareness about your body
- Helps in controlling your abdominal muscles
Since breathing is a simple activity we do every second, many women will not consider this seriously. During your pregnancy, you will require 10-20% more oxygen than your normal requirement. It necessitates you to breathe in more air than you would naturally do, which can be achieved by deep breathing. Shallow, frequent breaths will not supply your body enough oxygen.
- Women are taught altered or patterned breathing techniques in childbirth classes to cope with labor.
- Now the trend is to breathe naturally, matching the rhythm with the body movements and lungs.
- Being aware of the inhaling and exhaling process.
- Focusing on the mind to relax the body during the stress of labor.
You can practice the relaxation breathing when you are experiencing the Braxton Hicks.
- Normally, you would hold your breath as the contractions tighten.
- You need to practice to breathe deeply and slowly with the contractions to ease them away.
- With enough practice, you will be ready to breathe calmly when your real labor sets in.
- The best thing about breathing is that this powerful tool is always available to you at no cost.
Famous psychologists, Jacobson and Wolpe, have used deep breathing and muscular relaxation techniques to deal with severe psychological problems of their patients. You can learn Wolpe’s deep muscle relaxation in 2 hours, which can be beneficial to you during your pregnancy.
You can make use of Yoga to learn breathing techniques to relax your mind and body during 29th week of pregnancy.
[ Read: Pranayama During Pregnancy ]
A Simple Breathing Exercise For Relaxation:
Practice this simple breathing exercise to calm both your body and mind.
- Stand steadily with your feet slightly apart.
- Lift both your arms to the side and stretch them as much as possible. It increases space in your ribcage for your lungs to expand.
- Lift your chin upwards. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply for few minutes.
- Now bend your arms at the elbow and place your thumbs on your sternum (also known as the breast bone).
- The sternum is a long, narrow flat bone found between your ribcage that stabilizes the thoracic skeleton.
- Observe the sternum moving up and down as you breathe and concentrate on its movement.
- Imagine that you are adding more space in your lungs and take in deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly without stressing yourself to hold your breath.
- Keep your chin up and at the same time relax your jaw.
- Move your arms down on your side once again.
You can try this stretching and breathing exercise even when you are in a sitting or sleeping position when 29 weeks pregnant.
Changes In Your Baby:
Your baby is healthy and kicking around. But rather than feeling them like a fluttering butterfly, you do feel the full impact of the kicking and punching at this stage. It can be painful at times but take heart in knowing that the more painful the kicks and punches are, the healthier and more active your baby is.
- If you are horrified to imagine what it would feel like when you are nearing the full term, take a deep breath and relax. The movements and kicks from your baby will become lesser once she occupies all the free space available in your uterus. Soon her movements are going to be restricted.
- Start counting the kicks from now onwards, because babies develop a pattern of movement. Any changes that linger for long should be a warning sign.
- Your baby is enjoying an inside view of your womb since she can focus her eyes now.
- You may feel your baby jump up at the loud noise. She is not just hearing the sounds but also responding to it. If you could peep inside, you would notice her turning her head towards the source of sound outside her protective world.
- You baby’s skin is becoming smooth and soft since she is gaining weight, and also the vernix and lanugo are disappearing slowly. You may find some traces of them on your baby at birth that will go away on its own.
- The lungs continue to mature and develop, yet they are far away from being able to breathe naturally outside your womb.
- Your baby sucks her fingers and thumbs, getting the reflex ready to feed her after birth.
- The brain develops at this stage. Hence, the head also grows at a faster pace.
[ Track Your Baby’s Growth: Pregnancy Due Date Calendar ]
Size Of Your Baby:
At week 29 pregnancy, your baby will measure as much as an acorn squash or butter squash. Her average measurement would be 15.2-16.7 inches (38.6 cm), and she would weigh around 2.5-3.8 lb. (1150 gm.). She is getting plumper with every passing week.
Care And Tips For 29 Weeks Pregnancy:
At this stage, you experience changes in your body from week to week. Things are speeding up, so is the frequency of your visits to the healthcare provider. If you have some doubts or questions regarding pregnancy at 29 weeks, write them down so that you will not forget to bring them up when you are visiting your doctor.
- You need to keep an eye on your diet more strictly to meet the demands of your growing baby.
- Since the nutritional demand of baby has increased now, you need enough proteins, folic acid, iron and vitamins C to meet her requirements.
- The hardening of her bones will soak up lots of calcium from your body, which amounts to nearly 250 milligrams per day. Take enough dairy products rich in calcium to supplement the needs.
- Do not hesitate to eat when you feel hungry. It is the time when you may need those extra calories to keep you moving.
- There are natural pregnancy related pains that send warning signals. Learn to differentiate between them, so that you can take precaution when need arises.
- Take care of constipation, so that you can prevent hemorrhoids from making their appearance.
- Even though you may feel heavy and tired, do not give up on your exercises.
- Keep your mind relaxed and stress-free. The healthier is your mind; the healthier will be your pregnancy, especially your baby.
- Do not anticipate events. Discuss them with your healthcare provider or your partner.
- You may need to use a pillow between your legs to prevent leg cramps when you sleep. They seem to intensify between weeks 29-32, after which they ease on their own.
[ Read: 7th Month Of Pregnancy Diet ]
Fun Activity For 29 Weeks Of Pregnancy:
You may not have done this before, but try your hand at writing a beautiful song for your baby. Try to create a tune of your own and practice singing it. It will be a beautiful and unique gift for your baby.
Tips For Dad To Be:
Your partner is happy going shopping for the baby, but you need not be left out. Add your collection to the shopping list as well. You can surprise the mom to be with something special you may find in a store.
Make a list of necessary things like the diapers, thermometer, pacifier, wipes, soaps, lotions and other things you will require once the baby arrives.
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