29 weeks pregnant – Your pregnancy guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 29

Your baby this week - Week 29

Your baby is now weighs nearly 1.3 kgs and measures about 17 inches.

Your baby’s brain is now growing rapidly, and the head is growing to accommodate it. With so less space available, the baby’s feeling a bit cramped and you can feel the kicks and jabs more clearly than ever. Another reason for the stronger kicks and jabs would be the surge of energy that your baby is getting from all the fat deposits under the skin.

If you are having a boy, his testicles are moving from their location near the kidneys through the groin. If you are having a girl, her clitoris is relatively prominent because her still small labia don’t yet cover it.

Another exciting development for your child is the formation of the gums for permanent teeth. These are going to lie in wait for 5 to 12 years. You may also feel slight twitches in your tummy – this is the baby hiccupping.

This might be a good time for you to start recording the baby’s kicks. Make note of your surrounding and any possible stimuli that might excite the baby, lie down, relax and start counting the baby’s kicks and jabs. Do this twice a day – once in the day and once in the night. On an average, the baby kicks/moves once in an hour. If there is no movement for more than two hours, contact your doctor immediately.


 29 Weeks Pregnant - Your Body This Week 

29 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

In the 29th week of pregnancy, your baby has had a growth spurt. Your appetite is likely to increase as a result of that, but try to resist eating too much fast food and sweets. Healthy food and snacks for pregnant women is, luckily, without restrictions largely. Recommended foods for pregnant women include iron rich food as pomegranate, kidney beans (rajma), leafy vegetables, along with fibre-rich foods to help things move along smoothly.

If you haven’t already adapted an exercise routine, now would be good time to start some exercise to your muscles to stretch and open up during the birth. Prenatal yoga is a good way to do so. A good instructor will teach you not only the right exercises to train your muscles and prepare them for managing labour pain, but also the right breathing techniques to make the labour pain seem less intense. Keep yourself moving and stretching so that you don’t fall prey even to the occasional leg cramps.

You are also likely to develop varicose veins because of increased blood volume during pregnancy because the uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins. Varicose veins can also occur in your rectum or vulva. The best way to minimize them is by avoiding one position – either sitting or standing – for a long period.


Things to know about pregnancy in Week 29

In pregnancy week 29, you may be thinking about a baby shower, traditionally referred to as ‘godhbhrai’. Now that you are getting bigger, you may have questions regarding sex during pregnancy. You may also want to know about early signs of labour. To find answers to these questions and more, sign up with ZenParent’s Great Beginnings. We have all the information you’ll need for your pregnancy and for newborn care, customised especially for you.