At 29 weeks pregnant, you are in the third trimester of your pregnancy, and your baby is growing rapidly. You may be experiencing new symptoms as your body adjusts to the changes of pregnancy. In this blog post, we will discuss the common symptoms you may experience at 29 weeks pregnant and what to expect during this stage of pregnancy.
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby is approximately 15.2 inches long and weighs around 2.5 pounds. Their skin is becoming more opaque and less transparent, and they are starting to develop more body fat. Your baby's lungs are continuing to mature, and they are practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid.
Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which are practice contractions that prepare your body for labor. They feel like a tightening or squeezing sensation in your abdomen and are usually painless.
Increased Fatigue: As your body is working hard to support your growing baby, you may feel more tired than usual. Be sure to take breaks when needed and get plenty of rest.
Shortness of Breath: As your uterus continues to expand, it can push against your diaphragm and make it difficult to breathe. Try to take deep breaths and avoid exerting yourself too much.
Swelling: You may notice some swelling in your feet and ankles, especially if you have been standing for long periods of time. Try to rest with your feet elevated to reduce swelling.
Heartburn: Your growing uterus can put pressure on your stomach and cause heartburn. Try to eat smaller, more frequent meals and avoid spicy or acidic foods.
Increased Vaginal Discharge: As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge. This is normal, but if you notice any changes in color, odor, or consistency, contact your healthcare provider.
Back Pain: As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts, which can cause strain on your back muscles. Try to maintain good posture and use pillows for support while sleeping.
What to Expect
At 29 weeks pregnant, you will likely have a prenatal check-up with your healthcare provider. They may recommend tests such as a glucose screening or an ultrasound to monitor your baby's growth and development. You may also start to think about childbirth classes and preparing for labor and delivery.
It is important to continue to eat a healthy diet and stay active during pregnancy. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns or questions you may have. As you approach the end of your pregnancy, it is important to take care of yourself and your growing baby.