29 Weeks Pregnant
At 29 weeks your baby is about 2.5 pounds and is the size of a butternut squash. Take time, starting this week, to count kicks.
Your baby is very active and this week you doctor or midwife may suggest you take a little time each day to count kicks. Doing so is a good way to monitor your baby, and a good excuse to sit down and rest for a bit. If you notice your baby is less active, or stops moving, contact your healthcare provider right away.
29 Weeks Pregnant
Your little butternut squash is moving right along. His or her muscles, lungs and other vital organs are continuing to mature. The wrinkles in the skin continue to smooth out as they gain weight. In fact, over the next 11 weeks your baby may nearly triple in weight.
Another amazing process is happening this week too. Your baby is producing a chemical that will turn into estriol, a type of estrogen, by the placenta. Research suggests that this stimulates the production of prolactin by the mothers body, which makes milk production possible. So, if he or she were to arrive this week, you’d be able to breastfeed your baby.
And if your baby was born this week, the lungs have matured a little more and wouldn’t need as much assistance.
How You Are Changing
No doubt you are enjoying feeling the pokes and jabs from your baby’s elbows and knees. These will get stronger in the weeks to come but will also become less erratic. This is a great time to start counting your baby’s kicks. Try counting at least two times a day. It’s a good way to monitor your baby’s activity and to get a little rest in for yourself. If you notice a significant difference in your baby’s movements, or lack thereof, contact your doctor. They may have you take a non-stress test in the office to check on your baby.
Third trimester pregnancy symptoms are probably kicking in full force right about now. Many of the symptoms you had in the first trimester will likely be back: heartburn, constipation and frequent peeing.
Your growing uterus may also contribute to hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectal area, they can be internal or external and are generally itchy and may be painful.
Because of the increase of prolactin, your breasts may be leaking colostrum. You may want to put panty liners in your bra or reusable bra liners, as you will continue to use them once breastfeeding.
It is important to stay as active as you can, without over-exerting yourself. Keep up with a regular routine of swimming, walking and yoga. You’re not going to feel as energetic as you did last trimester but staying active is good for both you and your baby.
Finally, be careful about lying on your back. Some pregnant women get what is called supine hypotensive syndrome. The weight of your baby and uterus can press on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. You’ll know if this is happening if you feel dizzy, nauseous, and break out into a sweat while laying on your back. They symptoms will go away if you simply turn on your side, another reason to sleep on your side at night.