Here’s what happens to your body and your baby during the 29th week of pregnancy.
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Symptoms in the 29th week of pregnancy
Between fatigue and various swelling, the expectant mother continues to produce the colostrum, a thick yellowish secretion that may occasionally begin to leak from the breasts. Once considered almost harmful to babies, colostrum is actually a super food from thevery high nutritional value, essential in the first months of life of the newborn to protect and nourish it.
Weight gain continues and the pressure exerted by the uterus on the bladder makes visits to the bathroom much more frequent. Other frequent symptoms can be:
- cramps in the lower limbs
- epistaxis (nosebleeds)
Twenty-ninth week of pregnancy
The seventh month of pregnancy ends and the birth of the baby is getting closer and closer. With the scientific advice from gynecologist Elisabetta Canitano, president of the non-profit association Vita di donna, let’s see what happens to the body of the mother and that of the child during twenty-ninth week of pregnancy.
Health advice in the twenty-ninth week of pregnancy
Posture and back pain
Back pain is a very common “enemy” for a pregnant woman. Weight gain in fact puts a lot of pressure on lumbar and the bulk of the baby bump often leads future mothers to hire incorrect postures which can only exacerbate the problem.
Advice: a first precaution to be adopted to improve the situation may be that of do not sleep on your right side so as not to compress the inferior vena cava. Above all, however, it is important to stay active, do stretching exercises and maintain positions that do not require too much effort on the abdominal part.
What to do in the twenty-ninth week of pregnancy
From 29 weeks of pregnancy, a third ultrasound is generally recommended, although this is usually done around 32 weeks. This ultrasound is used to ascertain that it is child development is regular (growth) and to evaluate the amount of amniotic fluid. In some cases, even one is prescribed fourth ultrasound: it usually happens if the pregnancy goes beyond the term, that is, it exceeds 40 weeks.
Accompaniment courses at birth
Typically, at this stage of pregnancy, women who wish to do so begin taking part in a birth accompaniment course (what were once called “childbirth preparation”). This is an opportunity offered free of charge (or with the payment of a ticket) by maternity wards and counseling centers, but there are also private ones. Participating has advantages: they provide the possibility of raise any doubts to doctors and midwives, they also represent an opportunity for make friends with other moms (or other couples) who are having the same experience. In some structures they also provide meetings with the psychologist, aimed at exploring the emotions related to the experience of motherhood (and fatherhood), e sessions of gentle gymnastics, during which breathing techniques are taught that can be useful at the time of childbirth.
The fetus in the twenty-ninth week of pregnancy
Start theactivity of the thymus, an antibody-producing gland found in the chest. The bones are fully developed, although they are still soft and very flexible.
The fetus is now about 37/38 centimeters and weighs about 1250 grams. There head it is more and more proportionate and the subcutaneous fat begins to transform into white fat, which is a real reserve of nourishment. The eyes are also more and more developed and the little one begins to be attracted by light sources.
Gestational age: seven months (DPP CALCULATION – Expected date of delivery)
SOURCES: NHS; BabyCenter
Questions and answers
How much does a fetus weigh in the 29th week of pregnancy?
At the twenty-ninth week it weighs about 1250-1300 grams.
Revised by Niccolò De Rosa