Hey you! You’re probably getting a sneak peak of baby’s personality by feeling him or her move. By those playful kicks and jabs, you may realize you’ve got a gentle dancer or an active ninja! The first two weeks of the third trimester are behind you. You are getting closer to the birth of your little munchkin, and in the mean time here is what you can expect.
Your baby is as big as a Butternut Squash!
Your 29 weeks fetus/ baby already measures about 40 cms long. And he or she weighs about 1-1.3 kg, but still has a long way to go – can you believe that baby will triple in weight before birth?
Your baby’s brain has matured to the point where it can help regulate body temperature. By the time baby’s born, he or she’ll have hundreds of billions of nerve cells. That seems like a lot, but baby won’t produce any more after birth.
Your baby is looking more like a full-term baby these days. baby’s plumping up nicely; the surface of its skin is smoother and paler because of the fat he or she’s starting to gain. This fat will be an important factor in your baby’s ability to keep itself warm. Your baby also has eyelashes; he or she may be batting them at you right now! (Aww!)
Your Pregnant Belly
At 29 weeks, your weight gain is typically about 8 to 11 kg. If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, weight gain is around 12 to 17 kg.
You’ll also notice lots of kicks inside your 29 weeks pregnant belly. Baby is starting to feel a bit crowded, and thanks to surging energy levels, is pretty active. Continue doing kick counts each day to make sure baby’s activity levels seem pretty consistent. Baby should move 10 times in two hours or less.
Your baby will be putting on most of its weight over the next three months, and so will you. You can probably expect to add about 5 kg in the last trimester.
Leg cramps are a common complaint during pregnancy, and experts aren’t sure exactly what causes them. Some say it’s the added weight on your legs, while others think the pain may signal a calcium or potassium deficiency. These cramps may also be the result of the pressure of your uterus on the nerves running to the legs.
If you do get a cramp, gently stretch your leg, flexing your foot and pulling your toes back toward you. Stretching throughout the day and just before you go to bed may help too. Make sure you load up on calcium-rich foods (dairy products are a good choice), as well as those that contain a lot of potassium.
Your Week 29 Checklist!
- Gently stretch your leg, flexing your foot and pulling your toes back toward you, to deal with any leg cramps.
- Load up on calcium-rich foods, as well as those that contain potassium.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.