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29 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 29 weeks pregnant:
  1. Your baby is growing like a champ.
  2. Frequent trips to the loo.
  3. Back or pelvic pain.
  4. Lots of kicking.
  5. Vivid dreams about your baby.
How your life will change this week:
You may be finding it hard to sleep at the moment, hard to relax, hard to get comfortable. Thoughts about birth and everything that comes after can make you anxious and keep you up at night. If you do wake up, try and do something soothing – listen to relaxing music, read a book or drink some warm milk. If you have headaches or feel dizzy during the day this could be because of sleeplessness, or because of low blood sugar: it’s important to eat at regular intervals. On the subject of food, now is the time to be nutrient loading, as your baby needs their fair share of protein, vitamin C, folic acid and iron.
Also eat plenty of dairy so you’re getting enough calcium. Your baby (and you) are going through a big growth spurt, so you need to eat accordingly!

Your baby is starting to run out of space in there and you’ll probably be feeling a lot of kicking. There’s still enough space for them to change positions in the womb though, sometimes head up and sometimes head down. No doubt you’ll have to head for the toilet quite often as your baby is more than likely pressing on your bladder. Fun times!

Your baby’s development this week:
This week, your baby is about 39cm long and weighs just over 1kg. It seems unbelievable, but your baby will probably triple in weight before you give birth – even though you’re well into your third trimester already. Your baby’s head is still growing to accommodate their developing brain, but their head is no longer out of proportion to their body.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Narrow down the list of names you like.
  • Do some gentle exercise.
  • Fill in any necessary UIF and maternity leave forms.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Now is the time to wear loose and comfortable clothing – you don’t want anything tight around yourwaist.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Sister Pippa Hime, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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