Your Pregnancy: Week 29

Pregnancy week by week: You are 29 weeks pregnant


Your Body

In the last month, your uterus has stretched four centimeters (or 1.5 inches). Your baby is slowly moving into the correct birthing position, headfirst facing your spine. If he is positioned bum or feet first (breech), chances are you will undergo a c-section; positioned head down, facing your stomach can mean painful, arduous “back” labour for you. Don’t lose sleep over it though, there is ample time between now and your due date for baby to readjust himself in the womb to the occiput anterior position.

Your growing appetite is the result of a fetal growth spurt during the third trimester. Satisfy your unborn baby’s dietary needs by choosing your meals wisely and cutting down on fast foods and desserts. Though they are deliciously tempting, they do not contain any nutrients. A healthy pregnancy diet should be diversified (fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and contain foods that are abundant in protein, vitamin C, calcium, folic acid and iron. Iron supplements can cause constipation so it’s easier to get your daily requirements from foodstuff rather than a bottle. A high-fibre diet also gives your sluggish intestines and bowels a much-needed push.

There are many important decisions to make. Will you opt for natural childbirth or ask for an epidural? Who will be your support persons in the delivery room? Will you breastfeed? If you have a boy, will you have him circumcised? Formulating a plan now cuts down on your to-do list before baby’s birthday.

Baby’s World

He is approximately the size of a small cabbage, measuring 42 cm. (16.7 in.) from head to toe and weighs roughly 1.24 kg (2.7 lb.). His skull is expanding to accommodate his growing brain. The areas of his brain responsible for intelligence and personality have become multifaceted. His testicles are descending from near the kidneys, through the groin to the scrotum. For little girls, the clitoris is exposed, as the labia is not developed enough to conceal it. His bones are stockpiling, iron, calcium and phosphorus but will remain soft and pliable enough to maneuver through the tight birth canal. Fat stores underneath his skin are turning him into the plump, cuddly newborn you will meet when he is born.

Fun Fact

From now until his birth, your baby will gain about half a pound a week.

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