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The 29th week of pregnancy: what happens to the baby and mom

Most of the pregnancy has already passed, not much time remains before the long-awaited moment of holding your baby in your arms for the first time. There have been a lot of changes in the baby over the past few weeks.

At the time of the upcoming 29th obstetric week of pregnancy the baby is a fully formed human, and will remain in his current position until delivery. However, it is too early for him to come into this world, because his lungs are too weak for independent breathing.

The size and development of the fetus in the 29th week of pregnancy

Pregnancy week 29 sizeIn the twenty-ninth week of pregnancy, the baby has already acquired many skills: he is not only sucking his fingers, but scratching his ears, smiling, blinking, and responding to parents’ voices.

The muscles of the fetus become stronger with each passing day, and the strength of his movements is more energetic which causes some discomfort to the mother, because in the 29th week of pregnancy she feels not just weak fetal flutters, but real kicks and punches!

The weight of the baby in the 29th week of gestation is about 1200 g and the height reaches 38 cm.

So far, the eyes of the baby focus with some difficulties and do not distinguish all colors, but closer to birth the vision will correct itself and become clearer. Right now your baby is blue-eyed, but this can change at the moment of birth, or some time after birth.

[attention type=yellow]The child begins to form enamel on the teeth hiding in his gums. Therefore, in this period it is especially important for the mother to eat food rich in calcium, vitamins and mineral supplements.[/attention]

The nervous system continues to actively develop, and already the head of the fetus does not seem so disproportionately large in relation to the body, as it was in the beginning of pregnancy.

It is likely that even in the 29th week child may change his position in the uterus by moving the head down toward the mother’s pelvis. This is the correct position in which nothing can stop the child on the way toward birth.

 The development of the fetus at 29 weeks' gestationHowever, even if the position change has not occurred, or the baby has assumed a buttocks-down position, across the uterus, this is nothing serious. He still has time to take the correct position on his own.

Women often notice rhythmic kicks for 30-40 minutes, which can be nothing but a baby’s hiccup. This is due to the fact that a child swallows too much amniotic fluid. Nothing wrong with this phenomenon, but if hiccupping happens too often or lasts too long, it is necessary to see a doctor.

Twins in the 29th week of gestation, same as in most cases, take a position in the uterus which will remain until delivery. Babies weigh 1,300 grams, and their length is about 37 cm. There are cases when one child is larger than the other. If the difference is not significant, there is nothing to worry about.

However, in case of a significant difference between the weight of the twins, the doctor will prescribe special treatments that should balance this out. The children have already learned to breathe on their own, their immune system starts functioning. Even babies born in this period have a high chance of survival – weak but healthy.

What happens with a mom in the 29th week of pregnancy

Photos of moms` belly at 29 weeks' gestation

The mother’s tummy has taken on impressive dimensions and already presents a lot of inconveniences. On average, through the 29th week a woman gains 5-10 kg from the beginning of pregnancy. If this number is much higher, the doctor will prescribe a special diet. See above photos of tummies in the 29th week of pregnancy.

Movement becomes harder for the future mom, and unpleasant symptoms such as shortness of breath, pain in the limbs, heartburn, and constipation are constant companions in the 3rd trimester.

[attention type=yellow]The pressure of the uterus on the internal organs feels stronger, and to reduce the pain you must pay attention to your posture. The straighter your back, the more space there is for the uterus.[/attention]

At this time, the woman is again overcome by constant feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. The impact of lack of sleep due to the nocturnal activity of the child, the feelings of anxiety about the baby and fear of the impending birth are all to blame.

Women in the 3rd trimester should carefully monitor their health, especially the vaginal discharge. It can alert you as to any deviations from the norm.

  • Colorless, odorless clear discharge may be amniotic fluid, a warning about the possible beginning of labor.
  • Purulent, cottage-cheesy discharge is a clear sign of a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Especially dangerous is bloody, brownish discharge, which in most cases signifies the detachment of the placenta or premature labor.

Also, women may have discharge from the breast – colostrum, which is a type of milk, that will appear after birth.

Analyses, examinations and ultrasound in the 29th week of pregnancy

Photo fetal ultrasound at 29 weeks of pregnancy

At the 29th week, when visiting a gynecologist, they will weigh the woman, measure blood pressure, check the position of the bottom of the uterus and measure the parameters of the abdomen. With a phonendoscope, the doctor determines the baby’s heart rate, as well as the state of his organs. The procedure is completely safe and is carried out in the hospital or the clinic.

Also, your doctor may prescribe a test for Rh factor, hormones and glucose level. Do not ignore the advice of the doctors, all of these tests are not in vain and have high importance in monitoring the development of the child in the womb.

[attention type=yellow]Another procedure allowing detection of any abnormalities in the fetus is a CTG (Cardiotocography). It is usually carried out at 31-32 weeks of pregnancy, but in the 29th week doctor may also refer a woman to have the CTG, if he has any suspicions of developmental problems in the fetus.[/attention]

At this stage, an ultrasound will eliminate the possibility of a missed abortion, show the size of the uterus, and precisely determine the sex of the child. The future mom will be able to see all of the baby’s organs and get a picture of the fetus. We invite you to watch the fetal ultrasound video at the 29th week of pregnancy and to view the baby’s picture above.

Possible risks and abnormalities

The closer to the delivery, the more painful sensations a woman feels. The pressure of the uterus on organs, urinary incontinence, back and collarbone pain – all this will go away after childbirth.

However, there are diseases that are mistaken for a manifestation of pregnancy. For example, pain while urinating can be caused by an infectious disease, and pain in the perineum, along with a “waddling” gait can mean disease of the symphysis. Please contact your doctor, at the slightest deviation. There is now a very high risk of uterine hypertonia and premature birth. More about hypertonia here.

Mom’s nutrition and exercises in the 29th week of pregnancy

Diet at the 29th week should be balanced and consist of all the necessary elements. Those are: protein-rich foods (eggs, dairy products, chicken), fats, and carbohydrates (grains, potatoes, cereals).

Mom`s nutrition in the 29th week of pregnancy

To be excluded from the diet are:

  • raw meat and fish (meaning oriental cuisine);
  • cheeses;
  • smoked products;
  • carbonated and alcoholic beverages.

Of course, due to the significantly increased belly size, a woman already can not do active exercises. However, there are gentle alternatives – stretching exercises. They help to relieve tension from the muscles of the shoulders and back. After all, they are under the most pressure. More information about exercises on the 3d trimester of pregnancy.

Skin care and maternity clothing

Many women fear the appearance of ugly stretch marks and actively fight them. Skin stretching massage techniques are effective and proven. It is necessary to do these twice a day, using a nourishing cream. Also, a contrast shower is useful, at least once a day. It is very important walk in the fresh air, because skin needs constant oxygen enrichment.

To maintain their shape, women are advised to wear a supportive bra and maternity girdle. The girdle facilitates walking, taking part of the load from the spine and lumbar muscles, and relieves the pressure of the baby’s head on the mother’s cervix. Wear light clothing, made of natural fabrics, especially during the hot seasons.

Sexual activity in the 29th week

Sexual relations in the 29th week of pregnancyDespite the fact that a woman is already 8 months pregnant and her belly has grown to unprecedented proportions, doctors do not prohibit the couple from having sex in the 29th gestational week.

If the pregnancy is without complications, then making love in a position comfortable for the woman will bring pleasure to both partners.

Do not be afraid to hurt the baby – shallow, flowing movements of the partner will not cause any harm to the fetus, but rather, will cause a rush of blood to the mother’s pelvis, increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen.

Baby’s umbilical cord blood-banking

Recently it has become popular to collect cord blood and store stem cells. Parents insure themselves from an emergency case, when a child may need a future organ transplant. Stem cells from the umbilical cord will be a 100% match for your child, and, may match and help close relatives as well.

Umbilical cord blood is collected immediately after delivery or caesarean section. At the time of cutting of the umbilical cord, the doctor inserts a needle into the vein and collects blood into a special package. Due to the fact that this process takes place without contact with the mother and child, it is completely safe.

[attention type=yellow]This procedure is not cheap, it costs about 2,000 euros initially, and subsequent blood storage fees in the cord blood bank will cost an additional 3000 rubles annually.[/attention]  Selecting a cord blood bankChoosing a cord blood bank should be approached very carefully, paying attention to the following points:

The bank absolutely must be licensed by the Health Department “Roszdravnadzor”. Without it, it has no right to carry out any activity.

The bank should have all the necessary conditions for the storage of blood. Take time to read detailed information not only on Russian, but foreign Internet resources.

Recommendations for future moms

  • Since in the 3rd trimester a woman is often facing such problems as constant hot flashes (associated with increased metabolism), she should give preference to light, multi-layered clothing made of natural fabrics.
  • It’s possible to reduce edema by eliminating use of salty and sweet foods, and excessive hydration. Doctors advise to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables as well as to rest regularly, lying on your side for 15-20 minutes.
  • To avoid heartburn it is wise to eat small but frequent meals. Do not overeat at night.

Video about the 29th week of pregnancy

We invite you to watch another series of video guides through the 29th week of pregnancy, where the parents diagnose a child with a CTG test, and consider banking of umbilical cord blood and storage of stem cells. We think that this video will be informative for you.

[attention type=yellow]Soon, the woman will become a mother and the excitement associated with this reaches its peak. It is important to have a positive mindset, and try to be in harmony with oneself, which is very important for the baby’s condition. If this is your first baby, do not be afraid to ask questions of the family’s older generation or friends who have given birth. Also, share your experience and provide any interesting tips to other future moms![/attention]

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