Congratulations on reaching the 29th week of your pregnancy! There’s not long to go now and you are in the final trimester. Here’s a guide for this week.
Your fatigue and discomfort might increase as you progress. You might experience heartburn and indigestion as your baby grows and hormonal changes occur. Your stomach may be pressed as your baby grows so heartburn or acid reflux is usually common in pregnancy.
Your baby is now approximately the size of a butternut squash, measuring around 38.6cm. While fully formed, the baby continues to mature its organs and accumulate fat.
You’ll likely feel more pronounced kicks and wriggles. Monitor these movements as they’re a sign of your baby’s well-being.
Strengthening your pelvic muscles can help with childbirth and postpartum recovery. Simple exercises can prevent issues like incontinence. Aim for light exercises, like walking, to maintain fitness. Always consult your doctor before starting any new routine.
Your back can be strained by the extra weight. You might also feel looser in your joints and ligaments. Particularly in hot weather, your ankles, feet, and face may swell.
There is a possibility that water is being retained. A healthcare professional should be consulted if you’re concerned about a sudden increase in blood pressure, such as preeclampsia.
Consider enrolling in antenatal classes. They’re a great way to prepare for childbirth and meet other expectant parents.
Make healthy eating a priority. Your daily calorie intake might need to be increased by 200 calories.
Consultations with your midwife or obstetrician are beneficial to both you and your baby. An ultrasound scan is sometimes performed during these sessions as well as urine screenings and monitoring of blood pressure.
It’s natural to have anxieties about the upcoming birth or parenthood. Pregnancy can be overwhelming. Share your feelings with your partner or seek professional advice if needed. Speak with family and friends for support.
Every pregnancy is unique. While this guide offers general insights, always consult with healthcare professionals regarding any concerns or questions. Enjoy this special time and look forward to the coming weeks!