Week Twenty-nine of Your Pregnancy


Week 29 Info


You baby weighs about 2.5 pounds and is over 15 inches long "like a butternut squash".  He can open his eyes and will turn his head towards light.  His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make foom for his developing brain.  To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid and iron.  And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk "or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt or orange juice with added calcium".  If you tend to get heartburn, Tums can be a good source of calcium as well.

You may begin to notice a change in the quality of your baby's movements.  Whereas before your baby's movements felt like he was doing gymnastics or kickboxing, now the space has become more cramped and the movements will be smaller.  You may notice more "rolling" movements or more sustained poking from elbows and knees.  It may be more difficult to feel the baby's movements at all during the day when you are busy.  Your practitioner may ask you to spend some time each day doing "kick counts" and will give you specific instructions on how to do this.  Make sure to let your practitioner know is you ever notice a significant decrease in your baby's activity level.

Keep reminding yourself that the irritations of pregnancy - the itchy skin, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, varicose veins, leg cramps, swelling, shortness of breath and feelings of discomfort - will pass with the birth of your baby. Also remember that as your baby is growing, so is your body. You may feel as if there is not enough room inside you for your organs, but rest assured, there is. The best way to deal with the discomforts of late pregnancy are to maintain proper nutrition, drink plenty of fluids, practice good posture, exercise and rest whenever you can.

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