Help your growing baby develop in the twenty-ninth week of your pregnancy

Your growing baby’s teeth are budding by week 29 of pregnancy. Eat more calcium- rich foods to support the incremental needs during pregnancy and help him or her build
strong bones and teeth.

What’s happening this week?

By now, your growing baby’s bones are quite well-formed and he or she is kicking more than ever. In fact, you should feel about 10 fetal movements in a two-hour time span.i

Your growing baby now weighs about 2.5 pounds (1.2 kilograms), and measures about 15.25 inches from head to toe (38 centimeters).ii

What can you expect? 

Hormonal changes during pregnancy may send you on an emotional rollercoaster at times, but you can mediate pregnancy anxiety and moods swings to enjoy your pregnancy better with these steps:

  • Take prenatal classes. Learning more about the third trimester and what to do during labor may relieve your worries.
  • Get to know other moms-to-be. Sharing how you feel and hearing the experiences of others may ease your anxiety.

What can you do to support your pregnancy?

Continue to eat healthy meals to support your growing baby development. Also include dairy products that are naturally rich in calcium to support your incremental needs and your growing baby’s bone and teeth development.

As you rapidly approach the delivery, keeping a journal can bring you and your growing baby great joy. Research has shown that expressive writing is a great way to find calm.iii You can keep separate journals – one to write down your worries, and the other to chronicle your feelings of excitement to meet your growing baby and which you can share with your growing baby as he or she grows.

Keeping calm is important for another reason in your pregnancy and this is to keep your stress levels down. Elevated stress levels over a long period of time can affect your growing baby’s development negatively, according to research.iv

 


 

 

References:
 
i.   Griffin R.M. (2016, May 10). Daily Fetal Movement Assessment. Retrieved April 2 from      
ii   Curtis, G. B., & Schuler, J. (2016). Your Pregnancy Week by Week (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press
iii  Writing about emotions may ease stress and trauma. Retrieved 1 June 2017 from,      
iv  Monk, C., Fifer, W. P., Myers, M. M., Sloan, R. P., Trien, L., & Hurtado, A. (2000). Maternal stress responses and
     anxiety during pregnancy: Effects on fetal heart rate. Developmental Psychobiology,36 (1), 6