29 Weeks Pregnant
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby has reached a weight that would give him a good chance of survival outside the womb, in a special care unit – however, the womb is still the best incubator, and if there's any risk of you going into premature labour, your medical team will try to delay labour for as long as possible.
As your skin is stretching now to accommodate your rapidly growing baby, you might find it itchy. Try applying some soothing calamine lotion to it or other cooling creams – a warm bath may also help. If your itching is severe, speak to your midwife or doctor. Some swelling is also a normal part of pregnancy at this stage, particularly around your feet and ankles. Although it may sound counterintuitive, you can reduce excess fluid in your body by drinking lots of water. Wearing support tights also helps.
Have you been told to expect a 'big' baby? Many moms-to-be worry about how their baby is progressing, concerned that their baby is too big or too small. Midwife and eumom pregnancy & birth expert Tracy Donegan is regularly asked what is the 'right' size by expectant moms, and addresses the concerns in the big deal about 'big' babies – did you know that your caregiver’s suspicion of a big baby can be more dangerous than the baby itself?
Pregnancy is such an exciting time. But while you're busy preparing for your new arrival, don't forget to treat yourself with a bit of extra love and care too. You might think it's a little early yet, but it's always good to have your hospital bag ready at 29 weeks pregnant, or at least have gathered together the things that you'll need. Time for a list! You'll need two lists, in fact: one for you and one for the baby. Check out our hospital bag checklist for a full list of the items you'll need.
Have you found the urge to wee is more pronounced at this stage? Perhaps you've even experienced some pregnancy-related incontinence as your growing baby presses on your bladder. See what our physio expert Aoibhin McGreal recommends for strengthening your pelvic floor.