29 weeks of gestation: baby development, contractions

At 29 weeks of gestation, there are about 10 weeks to go and it is normal for anxiety and cold in the belly to accompany mom from now on.

The belly is already big, which can cause some discomfort such as back pain and difficulties to lie down, go up or down stairs and squat.

The pregnant woman also needs to take care of her diet, since some nutrients will help in the formation of the baby’s bones and blood.

For this reason, consuming foods rich in iron (red meats and green vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage) and calcium (milk and seeds, such as soy and chickpeas) is essential at this stage of pregnancy.

Parents can still research breastfeeding, vaccinations and important care for the final stretch of pregnancy and the first months after birth.

29 weeks of gestation is how many months?

At 29 weeks of gestation, the mother and baby are in the 7th month. In this phase, the baby is already with all the organs formed, although some still need to go through a process of maturation or growth. He also starts to turn around to fit the mother’s pelvis and wait for the delivery.

In this phase, the cells responsible for controlling body temperature are already developed. In addition, the nervous system and billions of neurons are already present in the brain and body of the little one.

The baby’s skin, which was previously wrinkled, now begins to become smooth and pink. Nails and some hair (such as eyebrows and eyelashes) can start to grow at this stage.

What is the ideal weight for a 29-week-old fetus?

In the 29th week, the baby weighs around 800g and measures approximately 36cm, and should grow and gain more weight each day. It’s about the size of a cabbage!

At this stage, the mother should feel the baby move frequently and at intervals of up to 12 hours. But the pace and agitation can vary for each child.

It is very common for the baby’s movement to happen when the pregnant woman is lying down and relaxed.

This is because, when the woman is awake and agitating, the movements rock the baby and make him sleep. When the mother lies down, these movements cease and the baby tends to wake up and move.

Contractions at 29 weeks of gestation

The 3rd trimester of pregnancy is marked by some discomfort experienced by the pregnant woman. Back pain, swelling, cramps, difficulty sleeping and contractions are the main complaints of this phase.

All of these symptoms, including contractions, are natural and can already be felt from the 25th week.

In most cases, the contractions that occur at this time of pregnancy are called “training contractions”.

At first, they are painless and almost imperceptible and are like training the muscles of the uterus to prepare for childbirth.

They should also not last longer than 1 minute and the intervals between each should be longer than 10 minutes.

At 29 weeks, contractions are normal as long as they are not accompanied by severe pain, bleeding, fever or dilation of the vaginal canal.

If you have contractions accompanied by any of these conditions, the pregnant woman should urgently seek a medical service. 

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