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Week 29 of Pregnancy

You may have noticed you have begun to slow down about now. As you move to the last leg of your pregnancy, you will begin to experience the discomforts of carrying your baby. As you get closer and closer to your due date, you may be feeling more anxious. Start shopping for your baby while you still have the energy. Continue with your pregnancy exercise regime and do your kegel exercises religiously.

This is the perfect time to enrol yourself in antenatal classes where you can learn what to expect during labour and skills to cope with it. Don’t sit back under the pressures of all the discomforts that this stage is accompanied with. You should move about and exercise regularly.

Your body

You may find that your breasts are still getting larger-wear a good supportive bra. You may need to stop wearing contact lenses as the moisture in your eyes alters. More so than ever, this is the right time to eat right and enough every day as your baby will start absorbing plenty of nutrients from you to gain weight and prepare for delivery. It would be better to eat several small meals because of the decreasing space in your abdomen. Perform light exercises that help you to strengthen your abdominal muscles and take enough iron rich food as iron deficiency is considered the most common problem during pregnancy. Refer to our section on pregnancy fitness to know what exercises are safe during pregnancy.

After a brief respite for the past three months or so, you will again start making frequent trips to the bathroom.  This happens because your growing baby is probably pressing on your bladder again. Go as soon as you feel the urge, because holding on can make you susceptible to urinary tract infections.

Have you got any stretch marks yet? If you have been oiling your stomach, thighs and breasts regularly to prevent stretch marks from developing, you will soon see whether your efforts have paid off.  These often dreaded stretch marks usually show up around this time. Many experts believe stretch marks are hereditary and can’t be avoided. However, you can reduce the severity by using a good stretch marks cream and wearing a good support bra. Good news is that the stretch marks do fade to silvery lines with time.

As the baby gets tighter in the womb, you will be able to feel the elbow or the knee of the baby presses to your belly. This is also the time you should count the number of kicks of the baby. You may lie down at a fixed time everyday and count the kicks of the baby. You should be able to count ten movements within two hours. If you cannot reach this level in two hours, walk around or eat something. This should make the baby move. However, if you find that the baby is not moving enough, it is better to consult your doctor. You may need an ultrasound scan.

Your baby

Your baby now weighs about 1.1 kg and measures 39 cm. Your baby can open his eyes and studies have shown, even turn towards a bright light. He is gradually getting fatter. By now, your baby has begun to form a pattern of rest and wakefulness. Your baby’s brain is forming billions of neurons each day and can control the breathing and the temperature of the body as it continues to mature. The baby’s sucking abilities are improving and the baby can even cough and cry.

Your baby will be able to turn his head towards the source of a bright light. Your baby continues to become more sensitive to sounds, tastes, and smells. The fat layer will continue to form and your baby will appear less wrinkled. His eyes can now move in the sockets. His bones are fully developed, but they are still soft and pliable. He will begin to store iron and calcium.


It is normal to be anxious about your upcoming arrival. Worrying about labour, birth, baby’s first few months or your finances is normal. It may all seem overwhelming now but gradually you will get into a routine and enjoy being a mum. Here are some tips to help you deal with your anxiety. Exercise, pregnancy yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques are great ways of relieving stress. Try to plan out your finances or any other issues that are worrying you. Try to focus on the positive things that are happening in your life. Think of the moment when you will be holding your baby for the first time. Talk to your friends and relatives who have a young child in their family. Ask them for advice and support. You can also join our due date club and share your experience with other mums-to-be.


1) What can I do to relieve backache during my third trimester?

Backache is quite common during the third trimester. Your growing abdomen puts a lot of strain on your back muscles to keep your body upright. Continue with your exercise routine that you have been following during your pregnancy.  This will keep your muscles strong but at the same time also focus on how you carry your body. If you are slouching then you may be aggravating your backache without realizing.

Avoid slouching and work on sitting and standing upright to prevent strain on the back. Bend your knees to lift something rather than bending over from the waist. While carrying grocery bags carry equal weight on both hands or wear a backpack with both straps. If the pain is severe, apply ice pack or heating pad on affected area. Exercises such as walking, swimming, pregnancy yoga help with keeping the joints supple and mobile and reduce the chances of getting backache.


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