29 weeks pregnant – the end is near!

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I’m so excited about the prospects of moving to our first new home. We’re just waiting on hubby to be accepted for a mortgage and then we can start planning our move and changing NCT classes, GPs and hospitals etc. I am definitely going to miss our flat that we are in now though because it’s so spacious and clean. But it’s better to have our own so our little baby boy can grow up in his own home.

I’ve also started to look up plans for the nursery. I was thinking about painting a sky for the top half of the walls of the room and an undersea theme for the bottom half, so our boy can see what happens up above, on the surface and under the sea of our world. Whatever aids his development, right?

I have started to get bad heartburn which is annoying. I drink about a pint of milk every night, but that doesn’t seem to help all that much, except that it does give the baby a good amount of calcium. Sometimes, when I prop myself up in bed with my normal pillows, that seems to help the next day, so I’m going to try that from now on. I’ve started to get used to sleeping on my left side with my DreamGenii Maternity Support Pillow, and that has helped a lot with sleeping in general.

I’ve also started to put on some weight around the sides of my belly and legs. It might be down to the excessive eating (even though there’s no space left in my digestive system for food). I feel like throwing up afterwards because I’m still eating like a non-pregnant person. SLOW DOWN WOMAN! As a result, I feel massive, but at least I can blame the weight gain on my pregnancy. I keep telling myself that I’m going to lose the weight by exercising after the pregnancy, but a lot of mothers tell me that it’s hard to fit exercise in the first few months so I should take it as it comes and try not to put too much pressure on myself to lose the weight. I plan to breastfeed anyway and, apparently, you can lose up to 500 calories a day, which is amazing. If that’s not an effective weight loss regime, then I don’t know what is!

I went to the dentist this week too. She advised me before she checked my teeth that pregnant women are more prone to bleeding gums and weaker teeth and so I should try and look after my teeth more than usual. She also reminded me that registered NHS pregnant women can get free dental treatment for up to a year after the baby’s birth. However, when she looked at my teeth she was quite impressed that they were still in good condition. I guess flossing regularly and brushing twice a day helps!

Hubby bought a changing table from eBay today. I am really impressed with it because it comes with a mat and looks in really good condition. We still need to get some essential baby items but we still have time, as long as Boxer stays in my belly for a while longer.

A fun fact – The baby weighs about 2.5 pounds and is more than 15 inches long!

The science part

Your baby at 29 weeks

  • Your baby is about the size of a small chicken now!
  • Your baby is concentrating on growing and getting fatter now
  • Their organs are maturing too, ready for the outside world
  • The vernix or sticky substance around the baby is starting to disappear now, ready for the outside world in just 11 weeks time! Or more if you go overdue.
  • Your baby is able to open their eyes and even focus now. They will be turning towards the light outside the womb as well.

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • You may start to be feeling a little out of breath now. This is because the baby is pushing up against your lungs and the extra weight is putting a strain on your body
  • How are you getting on with sleep? Don’t be disheartened if you are unable to sleep because it’s normal to have broken sleep when a baby constantly presses on your bladder and keeps you up all night!
  • Your baby may even be active during bedtime too, which may stop you from sleeping as well.
  • Are you experiencing swollen or bleeding gums? Keep up with your dental healthcare and regular check-ups
  • Are you experiencing piles, headaches, backache, indigestion and heartburn, bloating, constipation, leg cramps, swollen hands and feet, urine infections, and greasy skin? Welcome to the third trimester!

Your next steps

  • Try to eat little and often to avoid heartburn and indigestion – and stay away from fatty and spicy foods as they just make things worse
  • If you can, rest during the day and catch up on small naps if you are struggling to sleep at night.
  • Place a pillow between your legs and another under your bump. I also find supporting your back with a pillow helps too.
  • If you’re struggling to cope, speak with your midwife or doctor – they’re there to help.
  • If you haven’t done so already, starting writing up your birth plan, if you’d like one, that is. This is your chance now to think of your dream birth scenario and discuss with your partner, so they’re ready when b-day hits. Think about what sort of pain relief you want, if any and whether you’d like to be standing and moving around or resting on a birth ball. Of course, at birth, plans will change because that’s nature, but it’s good to have a skeleton plan of how you’d ideally like things to go.

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.

*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins. 

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Leyla Preston (595 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/