29 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you’ve reached week 29 of pregnancy, you have 12 weeks left to go and counting. By this time your baby is weighing in at close to three pounds, and no doubt you are feeling the difference. Your baby is also getting more active by now, and no doubt you are experiencing quite a bit of movement during the day. The movement of your baby is actually quite important, and while it may get a bit uncomfortable at times, if you stop feeling it there may be a problem. At this stage of pregnancy you should usually feel your baby moving about 10 times each hour, and if you do not, you may want to see your doctor.
Since your baby is growing larger, a very common problem you may experience at week 29 of pregnancy is heartburn. The baby can push up on your stomach causing this problem, so you may need to use some antacids if you need them. Many expectant mothers often find that just eating smaller meals can help the problem as well.
During week 29 of pregnancy the body is beginning to produce more and more prolactin, which begins the production of colostrum. Many women begin noticing that they have problems with their breasts leaking out the colostrum during this time. This can cause some staining on your clothing, so you may want to purchasing some nursing pads to wear to prevent staining and embarrassing spots on your clothes.
Some expectant mothers also have a problem with iron deficiency during pregnancy, especially around week 29 of pregnancy and beyond. Many women have this problem during pregnancy, so an iron supplement may be needed to help increase the amount or iron in the body. The reason that having enough iron is important is because it will help to replenish the supply of red blood cells, help deal with the increased blood volume demand, and also will provide your baby with the iron that is needed. A simple iron test can be done by your doctor, and if your iron is a bit too low then more than likely an iron supplement will be prescribed.
Pelvic pain is also a very common problem that occurs around week 29 of pregnancy and beyond as well. As your uterus continues to grow, the bones in your pelvis tend to shift around causing a bit of pain. Common movements like walking, getting out of bed, and exercise can cause this pain in your pelvis, groin, and upper thighs. Usually it is best to stop the activity and change your position in order alleviate the pain.
While your body is definitely going through a great deal of change at this stage of your pregnancy, the great thing is that you are close to delivery. Just taking care to eat right, get rest, and follow your doctors orders can help to keep both you and your baby healthy during week 29 of pregnancy.