29 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed twentynineweeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (29 weeks)

At this stage the baby’s brain is growing fast, and her head is also getting bigger in order to accommodate it. If your baby is a boy, his testicles that were near his kidneys down through his groin would move from their location now. If your bay is a girl, her clitoris is still quite prominent as her labia is still very small and does not cover the clitoris yet. This will change in the last few weeks of your pregnancy.

Apart from gaining weightthe baby’s brain is also working hard to create and complete nerve cell connections that constitutes the intricate systems of wiring which determines who we are and determines our potential as well as controls our body.

Your symptoms at this stage (29 weeks)

Now it’s likely that your appetite might increase due to the baby’s fast growth in the third trimester.It gets very tempting to eat sweets, cakes, pastries and fried food. However try to keep eating healthy and have these things as a treat occasionally instead of every day.

You need to eat well at this stage for your own health as well as your baby’s health. Try to include foods rich in iron in your diet as iron helps you to create red blood cells. The baby will receive your body’s iron stores so you would need more iron at this stage.

Foods rich in iron include lean meat, green leafy vegetables and iron fortified cereal in. Try to increase these in your diet.

Now you can also start to learn some stretches to help open up your body and be more ready for your baby’s birth. Don’t stress if are having a hard time learning new exercises now, instead try some occasional stretching and wiggling a little as even a little stretching could help you avoid things like leg cramps.

Important things to keep in mind

  • Are you feeling any pain or maybe tingling in your hands? It is possible that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, another common pregnancy problem. It will be okay on its own once you have the baby, but meanwhile you could try shifting your sleep position or try not to keep your hands in the same position for very long.
  • If you need to take a long journey by car during this time, plan breaks so that you can stretch a bit and use the toilet. Also, carrying a couple of extra cushions might help.