29 weeks pregnant ballooning belly

What’s It Like?

Your baby is the length of a large cucumber and quickly gaining weight. Meanwhile, you are gaining about 1 lb per week, and your belly is rapidly ballooning. You may feel heavier and sluggish, and your legs and feet ache all the time. All these are signs that everything is going according to plan, and in just a few weeks, you will give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby.

Your Baby’s Growth

  • Body Size
    Your baby measures about 15 inches (380 millimeters) in length. He or she weighs slightly over 3 pounds (1400 grams). She’s about the length of a large cucumber.
  • Head Characteristics
    Your baby’s head is in proportion to the rest of his body. Your baby has become sensitive to light, sounds, tastes and smells. Although your baby can distinguish certain smells, he won’t be able to smell anything until he leaves the womb.
  • Body Appearance
    Your baby’s skin is still depositing fat to be able to regulate her temperature after birth. As this happens, the skin becomes less translucent and her blood vessels are no longer visible.
  • Internal Organs
    All your baby’s organs are now fully developed, but they will continue to grow and mature until birth. The lungs are now developed that they can breathe normally. Her bone marrow is now producing her own red blood cells. And every day, she pees out about half a liter of urine into the amniotic fluid.

What Happens Inside Your Body?

The 29th week of pregnancy can be particularly trying. You probably feel heavier – you’re gaining about 1 lb per week from now until birth. You’re digestion has slowed because of the pregnancy hormones and you may find yourself passing gas at inopportune times. You may also find that you have restless leg syndrome – your legs feel tingly and jittery at night. While perfectly normal, this could also be a sign of anemia, so talk to your doctor if it’s making it hard to sleep. Yoga, massage and stretching before bed can also help.

  • Anemia
    Anemia during pregnancy is extremely common, especially during the final trimester. Your body is producing three times the amount of blood it normally does to support both you and your growing baby, and those extra red blood cells also require extra iron. If you feel tired or run down talk to your doctor. She or he may recommend extra iron supplements. Most prenatal vitamins have at least 30 mg of iron; an iron supplement can have 60 to 120 mg, or even more.

How Different Will You Look?

You are probably used to many of the pregnancy changes – the weight gain, stretch marks, edema, pregnancy mask, dry skin or red blotches. But as you progress in the pregnancy, you may also notice another – symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). This pregnancy symptom develops when the aptly named hormone relaxin makes the ligaments in your pelvic joint too stretchy and loose. It causes the pelvic joint to become unstable and can cause pain. Some sufferers report being able to hear the lower back and hip joints, the sacroiliac, clicking or popping in and out as they walk or change position. If this is uncomfortable or causing you pain, ask your practitioner about wearing a pelvic support belt (available online), which stabilizes the ligaments and helps keep the pelvic joint in place.

Tips for fathers – Caring For Both Of Your Loved Ones?

You’ve circled the date in red on the calendar and have told everyone you know. If you’ve started to feel those pregnancy jitters, why not do a few simple things to sooth the nerves. You can impress her by washing and putting away all the baby clothes you’ve received as gifts. Or you can start putting together the baby crib. Or you can buy your first baby clothes or start the discussion on baby names. You’ve got a little over ten weeks, or less if the baby is early, so now’s a great time to make an early start.

Tips for fathers – Tips To Help You Go Through Trimester

  • New Clothes: For the first six months of your pregnancy, you could probably squeeze into most of your old clothes, but this is probably becoming increasingly unlikely. The shapeless paisley tents long associated with maternity wear have come a long way and you may be surprised at how creative designers are with their maternity wear. It’s best to avoid tight-fitting clothes that prevent the blood flow around your legs and waist. Try not to feel bad about buying maternity wear, even if you only wear it for a few months. You’ve come a long way and been through a lot, and you deserve to look like a million bucks.
  • Breast-Feeding Classes: Some women find breast feeding intuitive and easy. For others, it can be painful and stressful especially if they find it hard to produce enough milk. Learning more about how to nurse before your baby’s birth will greatly help to your nursing successful. In class you’ll learn different ways to hold your baby for feedings, how your baby should be placed on the breast and what sort of nutrition you and your baby needs. Your hospital likely has a lactation consultant, or breast-feeding may be a part of your prenatal classes. The La Leche League is an organization dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed worldwide, and a great source of information available on-line.

Your baby has an excellent chance of surviving if she was born right now (between 90-95 %) and this statistic will improve with every passing week. During the next 11 weeks, she might more than double or almost triple her current weight.

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