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29 Weeks Pregnant


Image: Fetal Development At 29 Weeks

Congratulations – you’ve reached your third trimester! Your baby now weighs about 1kg and over the next 11 weeks his weight will triple – wow! Most women put on about 5kg during this trimester.

Baby’s bones are nearly developed – although they’ll still be comparatively soft for a while and won’t harden completely until after birth. His eyes are a blue-grey slate colour.

Be sure to choose sensible footwear now. Remember your pregnancy will affect your balance and put strain on your back. Heels can be hazardous and also bad for your back. Yes, it’s not glamorous but flats are the best choice.

Speaking of back ache, if you’re suffering why not try sitting on the floor against the wall with your shoulders pressed back against the wall. Many women find this helpful.

You may also be feeling the burn! No, not from exercise – from digestion. Heartburn and trapped wind is common for pregnant women because the growing baby is taking up so much space inside. Always check with your health professional before taking any antacids though – some can be unsafe for women in pregnancy.
How can I prepare for breastfeeding?
Breast is best! Studies have shown time and again that nothing compares to breast milk when it comes to nourishing your newborn’s brain and body.

Do everything you can to prepare yourself for it when you’re pregnant, as it can feel strange at first and even painful. For example:

  • Have a chat with other mums you know who are breastfeeding; they may be able to give you helpful tips and reassurance
  • Read as much literature about breastfeeding as you can
  • Get in touch with supportive organisations like the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0210
  • Try to get to a breastfeeding class at some point before the baby comes. The National Childbirth Trust and many local hospitals offer them and they can be really helpful.

Believe it or not, the knowledge and attitude of your partner can make a big difference to your success in breastfeeding. So dads, make sure you read up too!

Your changing body is preparing itself for breastfeeding all the time. Your breasts have been growing from the start of your pregnancy. More blood is being pumped to your breasts, and your milk-producing cells and milk ducts are developing.

You may also be leaking colostrum by now (the nutrient-rich liquid that will feed your baby for a few days immediately after birth). So avoid wearing dark clothes (these make the leaking far more visible than light fabrics) and stay prepared with a stack of pads in your handbag. Remarkably, this leaking will sometimes be made worse if you’re a bit upset or you hear a crying baby. Clever stuff, isn’t it?

I have small breasts. Will that affect my ability to breastfeed?
No. Even if your breasts remain small, that in itself shouldn’t stop you breastfeeding.

Do I need to do anything physical to prepare for breastfeeding?
Preparing for breastfeeding is really about learning. The hormonal adjustments within your own body will do the work for you.

You don’t need to express colostrum or soften your skin with creams. And whatever you do avoid rubbing or scrubbing your nipples as this can be painful and hinder breastfeeding.

Skin to skin contact with your baby is one of the best things you can do to prepare. Even if you have a caesarean section, your midwife can usually help to hold the baby against your skin soon after birth.

Possible Scan at Week 29
A 3D Ultrasound is a special scan that shows the baby in three dimensions. This forms part of a 4D Scan. The 4D Scan has the additional dimension of time so that you see a moving image.

Many parents choose to have a scan in 3/4D because they’re curious to see their baby’s face and find that it really enhances the bond with their little one. Parents often find it reassuring, not to mention exciting – especially the prospect of showing their child a moving image of themselves in the womb in later years.

Possible Scan at Week 29
The purpose of a Well-being Scan is to check that the baby is growing well and that the pregnancy is developing normally. You may want to have this scan if your baby has been moving less, if you have had unusual tummy pains, light bleeding or if you have had some kind of accident (for example on the road or in a fall).

A Wellbeing Scan is particularly important if you have had pregnancy complications or problems in a previous pregnancy. This scan is usually only offered by the NHS if there is a complication with the pregnancy.

Possible Scan at Week 29
A Sexing Scan (also sometimes called a Gender Identification Scan) can be performed to find out the sex of your baby at this stage.

The baby will also be measured and your medical professional will assess his or her wellbeing. Sexing scans are highly reliable but can be more difficult if a woman is very overweight, or if the baby is in an unfavourable position.

Gender Scan or Sexing Scan

Gender Scan (Boy) Picture (Click image to enlarge)

Generally, if a healthcare professional is unsure about the sex of your baby they won’t guess. But thankfully it’s very unusual to be unable to determine the sex of the baby.