Pregnant mother at week 29

You’re now 29 weeks pregnant (or in your 30th week if this’s how you count it).

How your baby is growing

Your baby is now about 15 inches long from head to toe. His lungs and muscles are growing continuously and his head is becoming bigger to accommodate the growing brain. About 200 – 250 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby’s skeleton everyday. Make sure you are drinking your daily dose of milk and eating properly to facilitate the growth. If you are having a boy, his testicles are moving from their location near the kidneys to the groin. If your baby is a girl, her clitoris is comparatively prominent because it isn’t covered by the labia yet. Read additional information on the growth of your baby this week.

How your life is changing

Your appetite will increase to support your baby’s growth during the final trimester. Avoid eating too many desserts, candies or junk food as these are not healthy choices. You should adhere to your diet plan as far as possible. This would be a good time to get a diet plan if you don’t already have one. It is important to consume sufficient iron as it helps your baby form red blood cells. However, iron supplements can cause you to get constipated, therefore it is recommended to boost your natural intake before popping pills. Try including sources like beans, rajma, green vegetables, pomegranate and prepared cereal in your diet along with fibre-rich meals to aid things move along smoothly.

You may find that constipation and heartburn return during the third trimester. This is partly because of the uterus pressing against the digestive system and also because of progesterone slowing down your digestive system.

If you haven’t already made changes to your workout plan, now is a good time to introduce some exercises to help you stretch and open up for birth. You should look for a course specifically designed for pregnant women. A professional will not only teach you comfortable postures but also help you with breathing techniques that will help during labour. You can read more about various Yoga techniques in our Fitness section. These exercises also help you deal more effectively with pregnancy symptoms and makes the going a little easier.