The 29 weeks of pregnancy, which is equivalent to 7 gestational months, are marked by the positioning of the baby in the best position to come into the world. It usually lies upside down in the uterus and tends to remain that way until the time of delivery.
However, if at this time of pregnancy your baby has not turned, don’t worry! He will still have plenty of time to get into position and there are ways to encourage him as well. We recommend that you talk to your obstetrician about this.
And in case you want to know what are the other symptoms and events of the 29 weeks of pregnancy, just continue reading this post.
Symptoms at 29 weeks of pregnancy
When the pregnant woman enters the 29th week she is approaching the last weeks of pregnancy and, with that, the symptoms are increasing. But rest assured: it’s nothing you usually worry about and it’s very likely that you’re already used to the pregnancy symptoms, so you won’t feel much discomfort.
So, if you notice any exaggerated or unusual symptoms, don’t forget to consult your doctor to see if your pregnancy is all right, ok?
See what are the most common symptoms of the 29 gestational weeks:
Numbness and swelling in hands and feet
At this stage of pregnancy, the tendency is for there to be a great increase in blood flow and circulation and this can cause numbness and swelling in the hands and feet. To alleviate this symptom, you should choose to wear comfortable shoes, elevate your legs for a few minutes (especially at the end of the day), take light walks (always with your doctor’s permission), avoid standing for a long time and, some cases, wear elastic stockings.
Appearance of varicose veins
The appearance of varicose veins is caused by the same reason as numbness and swelling in the hands and feet and the ways to alleviate this discomfort are also the same. However, if the discomfort is too much and/or accompanied by other symptoms, be sure to schedule a medical appointment so that the professional can analyze your case and indicate the most suitable treatment.
Emergence of colostrum
Colostrum is known as the first milk produced by the mother and it is common that it starts to come out during this gestational period, even in small amounts. Your appearance may be yellowish and whitish and you may also notice a different appearance of your breasts and nipples.
Increased vaginal secretion
It is common for some women to notice the increase in vaginal discharge during this period as well, and in general there is nothing to worry about. If you notice a very intense smell or color or the presence of blood, be sure to consult your doctor so that he can examine you and find out what may be happening.
Start of contractions
At 29 weeks of pregnancy, your uterus tends to start preparing for the time of delivery and this includes the appearance of some contractions that are normally painless and of short duration, known as Braxton Hicks contractions (we’ll talk about them later).
If you notice that the contractions are intense and accompanied by severe abdominal cramps or heavy bleeding, promptly go to an emergency room to check the possibility of a miscarriage or premature birth.
Increased urinary frequency
This is the symptom that most often accompanies pregnant women since the beginning of pregnancy and during this gestational stage it can become even more intense. And what justifies this is the pressure that the uterus puts on the bladder, which increases even more as the pregnancy progresses.
So that it is not so uncomfortable, avoid going for long periods without going to the bathroom, do not drink large amounts of fluids before going to bed and if you happen to suspect the presence of a urinary tract infection , ask your obstetrician to evaluate your case and start a treatment as soon as possible.
At 29 weeks of pregnancy, it is common for a woman to gain about 500g per week until the end of her pregnancy. With that in mind, plan to wear comfortable clothes and control your weight whenever possible to check if the weight gain is within the expected range.
If you are gaining a lot more weight than expected, consider finding a health professional to accompany you and follow up with the ideal meal plan for you. After all, pregnancy overweight can cause serious health problems for you and your baby.
Due to accelerated weight gain, the pregnant woman can end up with back pain and to prevent this symptom from being too uncomfortable, the ideal is that she stay as rested as possible and find a comfortable and safe position to sleep. It is recommended that she lie down on her side and take short rests throughout the day.
Changes in pregnant women at 29 weeks of pregnancy
The main changes in the pregnant woman’s body are related to weight gain that this week become even more notorious. In addition, swelling (especially on the extremities) can cause discomfort and the mother will need to take some actions throughout the day to relieve them (as mentioned above).
However, even with these symptoms that bother her, mom is likely to be happy and excited about the pregnancy that is in turn coming to an end!
Take this moment to enjoy your baby a lot and talk to him, because he is already very smart and already understands when there is interaction between you!
Development of the fetus at 29 weeks of pregnancy
At 29 weeks of gestation the baby’s development is already well advanced and he is very active, moving and playing a lot inside the uterus. These movements can cause some discomfort for the mother, especially at night, which can even make it difficult for her to rest.
In addition, the events of the 29 weeks of pregnancy are:
- Organs and senses continue to develop and new cells multiply at every moment;
- The head is growing and your brain is very active;
- The fetus gains a new function during this week: to control the breathing rhythm and body temperature from its birth;
- The skin leaves a wrinkled appearance and becomes reddened;
- The baby’s skeleton becomes more and more rigid;
- In the case of boys, the testicles descend from near the kidneys to near the groin towards the scrotum;
- In the case of girls, the protrusion of the clitoris is more evident, considering that it has not yet been covered by the vaginal lips (this will only occur in the weeks close to birth).
Fetal size at 29 weeks of pregnancy
The 29-week gestational baby measures approximately 38.6 centimeters, which is equivalent to the size of a small pumpkin and its estimated weight is 1,153 kilos.
Understand Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are known as contractions that occur from the third gestational trimester that are intended to prepare the pregnant woman’s body for labor.
And while the vast majority of times Braxton Hicks contractions (also called training contractions or false labor) can make pregnant women apprehensive, these episodes do no harm to mom or baby and have nothing to do with the onset. of labor.
See what are the main characteristics of Braxton Hicks contractions:
- They are painless;
- They appear a few times throughout the day;
- It doesn’t happen more than twice an hour;
- They are irregular and unpredictable (that is, you cannot predict when they will happen);
- They are short-lived (usually not longer than 30 seconds);
- Unlike normal contractions, they do not become more intense over the hours/days;
- They are usually located in only one part of the abdomen, more specifically in the frontal portion;
- Show improvements in changing position;
- Improve with hydration or urination.
So if you’re experiencing mild contractions during your 29 weeks of pregnancy, there’s probably nothing to worry about. But if the contractions are perhaps strong, long, painful or accompanied by other intense symptoms, be sure to consult your obstetrician so that he can analyze your case and check if there is something wrong with your pregnancy, ok?
We hope that you have been able to understand the main symptoms and events of 29 weeks of pregnancy. But if you have any questions regarding this matter, just comment here in this post and we clarify.
Oh, just don’t forget that all the content described here has an informative character that does not replace prenatal care, okay? Medical follow-up is essential for a healthy pregnancy, even more so now that you’ve entered the final stretch of pregnancy. So be sure to check in with your trusted doctor periodically to make sure everything is okay with you and your baby.
In addition, if you want to keep following the main information about the next gestational weeks, just keep an eye out here on our blog . In the next few days we’ll release the next posts and we’ll wait for you here. To the next!