Week 29 of Your Pregnancy

November 1, 2009 by  
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What is Happening Inside Your Body?

Week 28 5 months pregnantYour uterus now stretches 3 ½ to 4 inches above your belly button. You have on average gained between 19 and 25 pounds.

Now that you are getting bigger and heavier, you are likely beginning to feel more tired again. Also, your body is beginning produce more of the hormone prolactin, which helps your body to produce milk for your baby. Prolactin has a sedating effect on the body.

Your uterus is placing increasing pressure on your bladder. This can make you feel more urgency to go to the bathroom and also can cause you to have leaking of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing. If you experience burning on urination with fever, abdominal pain or backache you should contact your doctor as this could indicate a urinary tract infection.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is 14-16 inches from head to toe and weighs about 2 ¾ pounds.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 29 Weeks?  -  Video

The videos are of babies 27 weeks since conception.

Your babies pupils are beginning to respond to light. Watch a video click here.

What does a baby look like in the womb at  29 weeks. Here is another video you’ll enjoy.

How is Your Baby Developing?

Week 29 Fetus (baby) in the wombYour baby is gaining weight more rapidly, adding fat to its body. Its brain is developing rapidly now.

Your baby’s mouth and nose are filled with amniotic fluid. When you eat food, the flavors pass from the mother’s bloodstream through the placenta, into the baby’s bloodstream, and into the amniotic fluid. As your baby actively swallows amniotic fluid, it will give it its first tastes and smells of its mother’s food.

This can influence your baby’s tastes later in life, so if you want your baby to eat its vegetables, make sure you are eating yours now and while you are breastfeeding.

Also, experiencing the tastes of your food now helps your baby to adjust to your breast milk after it is born. Your breast milk will have a similar taste and smell as the amniotic fluid your baby has been swallowing. This can help encourage your baby to feed.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Do your research on an infant car seat now. There are a lot of choices available. It is important to have a car seat ready, because by law in most states you will not be allowed to take your baby home from the hospital without one.

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