Pregnancy Week 29
When you get to pregnancy week 29 the little one is about the size of a butternut squash. There is still a lot of development going on involving the lungs and the muscles, and the head is also increasing its size to make space for the growing brain.
The growth of the baby during the 29th week of pregnancy
As the baby grows, the nutritional needs increase as well and this is why you should make sure that your nutrition is rich in protein, folic acid, vitamin C and also iron. The bones of the little one need more and more calcium that he or she is getting from you, and this is why it is important in this period to drink a lot of milk, orange juice or to have cheese or yogurt.
The changes in the mother’s life
During pregnancy week 29 the baby is very active and kicking a lot. Your caregiver most probably will ask you to count the kicks and will tell you how to do it. In case the little one gets less active, you should let your caregiver know immediately.
There are some symptoms that reappear during pregnancy week 29, such as heartburn and constipation. Constipation is caused by two main reasons: progesterone and the fact that your abdomen is quite crowded right now. All this causes digestion to slow down.
Another symptom that you could experience is the presence of hemorrhoids. These are swollen blood vessels found in the rectal area. The good news is that they disappear a few weeks after giving birth.
In case you feel them painful or itchy during the 29th week of pregnancy, you could try having a sitz bath or using cold compresses. Sitting and standing for longer periods of time don’t really help with your situation right now. There are some over-the-counter medications that you could try taking. In case you would like to avoid having constipation, make sure that your diet is rich in fiber and fluids.
In some cases it is difficult for women to lie on their backs, because this changes the blood pressure and the heart rate, and so they might feel dizzy until they change their position.You should also prepare to feel the baby hiccupping during pregnancy week 29, and you should know that this is something normal. Now the movements are stronger than they were before.