Pregnancy Calendar Week 29

YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 29

The adorable mini-human growing inside you weighs in this week at just over 3 pounds and she’s between 16-17 inches from head to toe. With delivery coming soon, your baby is positioning herself for the big day and all the bones in her skeleton are now fully formed. For you, mom-to-be, new pregnancy challenges and concerns continue cropping up here in the early part of the third trimester. Try to cherish this time by celebrating how far you’ve come and keep taking good care of yourself to help ensure a healthy, full term pregnancy.

Your Body

At 29 weeks pregnant, skin issues and color changes can enter the picture for many women who’ll be giving birth soon.

Itchy Skin

Are you feeling itchy all over these days, especially on your growing baby bump and breasts? With super-stretched skin and more hormone changes, itch attacks are quite common for expectant moms in the third trimester.Itchy skin is usually nothing to worry about, but it’s certainly an uncomfortable and irritating pregnancy symptom. Your dry, tight, itchy skin can bring on irresistible urges to scratch, which sets off more itching and causes major discomfort.If you’re struggling with itchy skin, try these tips to get some relief:

  • Moisturize with your favorite lotion frequently to keep your skin hydrated. Decreasing dryness can do wonders to help alleviate itching. Use an unscented lotion because it’s less likely to irritate and apply it generously after bathing.
  • Avoid hot (or overly warm) showers/baths, which dry out skin.
  • Colloidal oatmeal can be very effective for calming itchiness and soothing irritated skin. Put some on a washcloth and apply to itchy areas.
  • Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet compresses to itchy skin.
  • If your itch is severe, talk with your doctor as you may need a topical or oral medication.

Although itchy skin is normal during late pregnancy, contact your doctor right away if you’re also having symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Light-colored bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

These could be signs of a disease that affects the liver, which could harm your baby’s health.

Darkening of Areola

One of the skin changes you’ll notice during your pregnancy is a darkening of the skin surrounding the nipple on your breast, your areola. There’s no reason to be alarmed at this perfectly normal side effect of pregnancy.As your pregnancy continues to move along, you’re likely to see the color of your areolas deepen and get even darker. And they may also become larger, too.After you give birth, expect that the color of your areolas will remain darkened, although they should lighten up a bit. You definitely won’t see them again in the same shade you had before becoming pregnant—this skin change is here for the long haul.

Your Baby

In the 29th week of pregnancy, your baby is busy in her mommy’s womb with more growth and changes that ready her for joining you on the outside before too long.

Your baby’s bones are fully developed.

Construction is now complete on all of the 300 bones your little one will be born with. Although they’re still on the soft side, they’re becoming harder every day. As they harden, you’ll notice your baby’s bones appearing whiter and brighter in ultrasound images. To keep growing healthy, your baby’s bones are soaking in lots of calcium—about 250 mg are put into your baby’s hardening skeleton each day. So, now is a good time to up your intake of milk, cheese, yogurt or calcium-enriched orange juice, which are all good sources.

Your baby is beginning to settle into her birth position. 

Getting ready for her big debut, your baby is moving herself into position for delivery. Most babies settle in a position where their head is down, the best position for a normal, healthy birth. But, some do set themselves up differently. About five percent of babies are born breech, which is when their buttocks or feet present first in the birth canal.There’s really nothing you can do to prevent a breech birth. But, if your baby is currently in a breech position, you can try getting her to move. One way is to use gravity to encourage your little one to somersault her way into a proper head-down position. Do this by lying down on your back and raising your pelvis about 12 inches from the floor. Support yourself with pillows and stay in that position for 10-15 minutes.You can also talk with your doctor about external cephalic version (ECV). Your practitioner would perform this procedure, which involves applying pressure to your abdomen and manually moving the baby.

Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow

To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 29:

Keep well-hydrated. Hydration is very important for preventing premature delivery, increasing blood volume and nourishing your baby. With your baby drinking in lots of amniotic fluid now, be sure to stay fully hydrated and keep the fluid pure. Drink water, juice or lightly-sugared iced tea most of the time.

Break up walk time throughout the day. If you’re finding longer walks a little tough these days, try 3 ten-minute walks at different times during the day instead. Many pregnant women feel more fatigued in the third trimester without enough energy for longer exercise regimens. If you’re feeling this way, shortening your walks and workouts can make them more manageable and enjoyable.

Things You Should Do

  • Manage stress better to get a better night’s sleep, which will help you go full term. Make your bedroom a place you retreat to for sleep and sex only. Remove distractions like your computer and TV.
  • Get your medicine cabinet ready for baby with everything you’ll need to handle common baby ailments and routine baby care.

Words You Should KnowEngagement:

In the final weeks of pregnancy, this is when the baby assumes a position that brings her lower down in the pelvis.

Gravida:

This refers to the number of pregnancies a woman has had. Primagravida refers to a woman carrying her first baby.

Large for Gestational Age:

A newborn whose weight is above the 90th percentile at gestational age.

Small for Gestational Age:

A newborn whose weight is below the 10th percentile at gestational age.

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