29 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips
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How Big Is My Baby At 29 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is quite active with a lot of movements and is about the size of a butternut squash. The baby is about 15.20 inches long and weighs about 2.54 pounds.
Baby Development At 29 Weeks Pregnant:
- Formation of permanent teeth buds begins.
- Your baby’s airways are further maturing.
- Head is growing bigger to accommodate developing brain.
- Your baby’s digestive system, muscles, and lungs continue to mature.
- Your baby’s touch receptors are fully developed.
- A white layer of fat is accumulating underneathe the skin.
29 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Aches And Pains: You may feel different aches and pain all around, such as back pain, round ligament pain, and lower abdomen pain. This happens because of stretching of muscles to accommodate your growing baby.
Trouble Sleeping: As you near the due date, your sleep may be disrupted by body aches, leg cramps, anxiety, and frequent urination.
Headaches: Headaches are common during pregnancy. Headaches are caused by surge of pregnancy hormones. Hunger, dehydration, lack of sleep, and stress can also cause headaches. Practicing some relaxing techniques will help you deal with common headaches. Headaches can be a sign of preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) and take rest to get relief. If your headache doesn’t go away or gets worse even after taking the medicine and rest, call your doctor.
Dizziness: Many pregnant women experience dizziness and lightheadedness throughout their pregnancy. Sometimes you may feel that you are about to fall or faint. These symptoms are caused by many different reasons. The growth of more blood vessels in early pregnancy, the pressure of the expanding uterus on blood vessels, falling blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and the body’s increased need for food all can contribute to make a pregnant woman feel lightheaded and dizzy.
Constipation: During pregnancy, hormones slow down the digestive system, leaving you constipated. This is an ongoing symptom you have to live with all the way through the pregnancy. Eating enough fiber, wholemeal breads, cereals, and drinking plenty of water will help.
Trouble Breathing: You may have trouble breathing freely. This happens as your baby grows and your uterus expands, other organs will get compressed to make room for her.
Edema: You may notice swelling of your feet and ankles. This happens because of poor blood circulation in your legs. This can also happen due to excess fluid retention in your body. This is normal and there is no cause for worry. Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time and popping your feet up high will help.
Varicose Veins: You might notice visible veins crisscrossing your breasts, abdominal area, and legs. This is a symptom of varicose veins and is common during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swelling and enlarged veins mostly in the lower legs and feet. Increased blood volume during pregnancy causes veins to swell and enlarge. Pressure exerted by the uterus on the large veins behind it causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. These things cause varicose veins. Changing positions often, propping your legs, getting plenty of exercise, and avoiding tight clothes and shoes can help.
Forgetfulness: You may have trouble concentrating and may become forgetful. This is known as “pregnancy brain”. What causes pregnancy brain is not known to experts, but it is thought to be caused by biological factors or having too many thoughts in the mind.
Heartburn & Indigestion: Heartburn occurs when stomach acids move upwards to the esophagus. This happens due to relaxation of the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Indigestion occurs due to relaxed digestive system caused by pregnancy hormones.
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and almost half of the pregnant women get hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed, and bulging veins in the rectum and anus. They can cause discomfort, itching, pain, and bleeding. Increased volume of the blood during pregnancy can cause veins to swell and enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Constipation can worsen hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids usually improve after giving birth.
Hot Flashes: You may feel abnormally hot. Hot flashes occur due increased blood flow and hormonal activity
29 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Avoid sleeping on your back, instead sleep on your left side for more comfort.
- Keep track of baby movements and count your baby’s kicks.
- Continue to follow good prenatal habits like eating healthy food and taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins daily.
- Wear breathable loose clothes and a supportive bra to feel comfortable.
- Include healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meat, cereals, and dairy products in your diet.
- Eat small meals or snacks at regular intervals for better digestion and to prevent heartburn.
- Keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Take plenty of rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day.
- Avoid long and strenuous physical activity, exercises involving jerky or sudden movements.
- Don’t take any medication or herb without your doctor’s clearance.
- Spend time or keep in touch with family, friends, and other loved ones and share your feelings. This will help you to cope with stress and anxiety and stay calm and relaxed.
- Schedule your third trimester checkups.
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