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29 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

29 Weeks Pregnant

29 Weeks Pregnant
29 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 15.2 inches long this week and weighs 2.5 pounds. That’s about the size of a fanny pack.

Your Baby at 29 Weeks

  • Working reflexes: Your baby’s reflexes, like coughing, are working to get ready for the world outside the womb.
  • Growing hair: Baby is developing more hair on top of their head and growing eyelashes too.
  • Strong bones and muscles: Their bones and muscles are getting stronger and stronger as the third trimester progresses. You’ll notice that strength every time you get kicked!

Baby Fat 101

Your baby’s been, well, pretty see-through up until recently, when they started growing white fat deposits under the skin. Baby fat not only helps with the whole transparency thing, but it will help them regulate their body temperature once they reach the outside world.

Fat is also how humans store energy, including the energy needed to work our brains. (Your baby’s energy is surging right now!) It also helps us stave off illnesses. Fun fact: Babies are born with about 15% body fat—that’s more than any other animal.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 29

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Pregnancy Symptoms at 29 Weeks

  • Constipation: Blocked up? Many pregnant women become constipated because progesterone is making everything move slower inside. (Eating lots of cheese and taking iron supplements can cause it too.) Make sure you’re getting enough fiber by eating fruits and vegetables. Additionally, stay hydrated and exercise regularly. But even if you’re slow-to-go, remember to avoid laxatives that aren’t approved for consumption during pregnancy.
  • Hemorrhoids: Now that your uterus is getting bigger, it can cause pressure and swollen blood vessels, uh, down below. Constipation doesn’t help the situation. So work on the digestion and also avoid sitting or standing for long periods to time. Soaking in a warm bath or a special sitz bath (it’s a tub for your nether regions) can help. So can witch hazel pads and OTC creams (just check with your doc first).
  • Lightheadedness: Some moms-to-be get “the spins” when they lie on their backs. This is called supine hypotensive syndrome, and the dizziness or lightheadedness is caused by a change in blood pressure and heart rate. Make it a point to lie on your side, and avoid a head rush by getting up slowly from a lying or seated position.
  • Frequent urination: Your growing uterus is crowding your bladder, making you need to hit the ladies’ room more often.

UTIs and Pregnancy

As if you’re not dealing with enough right now, you’re also more prone to UTIs while you’re pregnant. UTIs, a.k.a. bladder infections, happen when bacteria enters the urinary tract and bladder. Since your uterus sits on the bladder, and is becoming heavier by the day, it can prevent the urine from fully draining, which (fun) can lead to a UTI.

A UTI needs to be medically treated (usually with pregnancy-safe antibiotics). If it doesn’t, it can lead to a kidney infection and to preterm labor. Not things you want to risk.

So while it’s normal to be peeing more often than usual, while you’re pregnant, you don’t want to miss one of these signs of a UTI:

  • Pain or burning when you pee
  • Needing to pee even more often than usual (which we know is already often, so pay close attention)
  • Feeling like you’ve got to go. Right. Now.
  • Chills, fever, sweats and/or leaking pee
  • Waking up to pee
  • When you go, noticing more or less pee than usual
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling pee
  • Blood or mucus in the urine
  • Cramps or pain in your lower abdomen
  • Pain during sex
  • Back pain, chills, fever, nausea and vomiting—this can mean the bacteria has spread to the kidneys.

When in doubt, see the doc for a urinalysis to find out if you have a UTI.

You can also do your best to prevent UTIs by:

  • Staying well hydrated. Six to 8 glasses of water each day is ideal.
  • Regularly drinking unsweetened cranberry juice. (Really!)
  • Cutting back on refined foods, caffeine and sugar.
  • Going to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need to pee, and emptying your bladder completely.
  • Peeing before and after sex.
  • Wiping front-to-back.
  • Wearing cotton underwear; it’s more breathable than some other fabrics.
  • Not overdoing the baths. Don’t take a bath for longer than 30 minutes or more than twice a day.

Your 29 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Most women have gained between 19 and 25 pounds by 29 weeks. You’ll probably gain 10 or so more before your due date.

Within that 29 weeks pregnant belly, you’re probably feeling a lot of kicks. Do kick counts around the same time every day, and record baby’s movements and how long it took to reach 10 of them. You want to feel 10 distinct movements within two hours—though it can take less than five minutes to get there. Tell your doc if you notice anything different from your baby’s norm.

Top Tip for 29 Weeks Pregnant

If you are ever unsure if your labor has started early, call your advice nurse or head to the hospital. Even if you get sent home, consider it a practice run.

Stages of Labor

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Though we often think of labor as one big event, it’s actually a process made up of several stages. Every labor is as different as the person going through it, but knowing the stages and how they progress can help you prepare for birth when the time comes. So what are the stages of labor?

Early Labor: This stage of labor is usually the longest, but also the most mild. You will dilate to three centimeters.

Active Labor: Your contractions will increase in frequency, and they might start to feel more intense, too. You will dilate from three to seven centimeters.

Transition: This phase will be in the most intense even with pain relief, but it’s also usually the shortest, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. You will dilate from seven to 10 centimeters.

Pushing: When transition is over and your cervix is fully dilated, it’s time to push. You may an intense urge or be coached by your medical support team. By the end of this phase, your baby will be born!

Delivering the Placenta: After your baby is born, labor continues as you deliver the placenta.

Find out more about how to know the stages of labor and how to time your contractions.

Fun Fact

In Vietnam, potty training starts at birth, and most babies are trained by nine months old.

Baby Bumps at 29 Weeks Pregnant

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Why Calcium Is So Important While You’re Pregnant

In the third trimester, eating enough calcium is key! Not only is does the mineral help your baby develop strong bones and teeth, but it helps in growing the heart, nerves and muscles and helps the cardiovascular system run healthily.

The bad news is that if you don’t get enough calcium, your baby will take it from your bones and teeth. That could lead to osteoporosis later in life.

How much calcium you need

You should be getting about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day (1,300 milligrams for moms-to-be under 18). That translates to about three cups of dairy or other calcium-rich foods. You’ll need to stick with that amount while breastfeeding and even once you’re done with breastfeeding to keep your bones and teeth strong.

What are some calcium-rich foods?

Most of us don’t get enough calcium in our diets. You can up your intake by adding a few foods to your daily menu—and no, they’re not all dairy. Here are some of our favorites, along with how much calcium they provide:

  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt: 415 mg
  • 1.5 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese: 333 mg
  • 8 ounces calcium-fortified soy milk: 299 mg
  • 6 ounces calcium-fortified orange juice: 261 mg
  • 1/2 cup firm, calcium-set tofu: 253 mg
  • 3 ounces canned pink salmon, with bones and liquid: 181 mg
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soft-serve frozen yogurt: 103 mg
  • 1 cup raw kale, chopped: 100 mg
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream: 84 mg
  • 1 cup raw bok choy, shredded: 74 mg
  • one slice white bread: 73 mg

But what about calcium supplements?

You’re probably getting a small amount of calcium in your prenatal vitamin, but not nearly the daily recommendation. That’s OK because the nutrient is more easily absorbed from food and in smaller doses (like meals and snacks). You’ll only need an additional supplement if you have trouble getting the full day’s worth of calcium from your vitamin plus the foods you eat. In that case, you can take about 500 milligrams or less at a time, and take it several times per day.

Also, get at least 200 to 400 IUs daily of vitamin D, which helps your body absorb the calcium.

Be careful not to go too crazy with the calcium. More than 2,500 milligrams per day of calcium could cause constipation, an increased risk of kidney stones or prevent your bod from absorbing other important nutrients.

How to Prep for Your Maternity Leave

Your workplace most definitely knows about your pregnancy by now, and you’ve probably talked over how much time you’re taking off and how much if it is paid and/or unpaid. You’ll probably have some paperwork to fill out (more on that next week), but what else do you need to prep for maternity leave?

  • Set a date for departure. Know how long you’ll be working—if you don’t go into labor early, that is. Try to set up a plan for if that happens too.
  • Train your coworkers or your temp. Find out who’ll be taking over your job while you’re out. Some companies will hire a temp to fill in. Others will split duties between coworkers. Your fill-in should know how to do everything you do before you go. You may even want to start transitioning them into taking over parts of your job, so they get practice in it, and so they can ask you questions while you’re still there.
  • Make files accessible. Be sure anyone else who needs to takeover your tasks can pick up where you left off—even if you were to go into the hospital tomorrow. This might mean creating a share folder on your company’s server or something similar. Totally depends on your job duties and available resources.
  • Set expectations. It’s OK—and even encouraged—not to participate in anything work-related while you’re on leave. But if there’s an emergency situation you’d deem OK for coworkers to contact you for, or if you really want to be part of a big meeting, let them know. Otherwise, tell work to expect you to be incommunicado.
  • Create out-of-office replies. While you’re on leave, your email, phone and other forms of communication should clearly state that you’re not in the office and explain how to best contact your fill-in. You can create the automated messages now (or soon), so when you go into labor, all you have to do is turn them on.
  • Save up some cash. If all or part of your leave is unpaid, know how you’re going to pay your bills and other expenses while you’re out. This may mean dipping into savings, so try to save as much extra as you can these last couple months.

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