When you reach the 29th week of your pregnancy, the little angel’s skin will be smoothing out, and they will start losing the downy hair.
Now your baby will double in size between now and birth!
It is this time when an average baby measure nearly 39cm. He/she might weigh approximately 2lbs, but this will differ from one baby to another. The baby grows very quickly, and they tend to put on more fat, and thereby it smoothes out their skin. They put on fat mainly for energy rather than temperature control.
The Vernix Caseosa, which is the white waxy substance which has been shielding it from the outcomes of the amniotic fluid, is starting to disappear. Other than that, the soft downy hair, which is called as the lanugo, which has covered its body. However, you may still see trails of both during the childbirth.
The eyes of your baby now begin to focus too.
Surprisingly, the buds in their gums for their baby teeth have already formed, and they’re now starting to develop buds set for the permanent to teeth.
If it is a boy that you are carrying, their testicles would have descended from near their kidneys through the groin and toward the scrotum now.
If you haven’t yet decided who is going to be your birth partner, or if you require a ‘back up’ partner if your baby’s dad could be delayed getting to the hospital, now could be the chance to give it some serious consideration! Your birth partner will give you moral and practical support during labour, and talk to your healthcare provider on your behalf if you are not able to do so.
If your spouse or partner cannot be there during the labour for some reason, or you have both decide he won’t be (which is a completely personal preference – some men might not want to be present, and some mums might not need them to be) you may ask your mum, sister, or even a close friend to be there rather, but the decision is entirely yours.
The baby will now be around 2 1/2 pounds, which is about the size of a butternut squash and is a bit over 15 inches long from the head to the heel. His lungs and muscles are keep maturing, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his growing brain. To meet his rising nutritional demands, you’ll need a lot of vitamin C, protein, iron and folic acid. And since his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, make sure that you drink your milk or perhaps some other another good source of calcium, like yogurt, cheese, or enriched orange juice. This trimester, nearly 250 milligrammes of calcium are stored in your baby’s hardening skeleton every day.
The baby will now be about the size of a large butternut squash. However, it’s skin will be still wrinkly. As and when the fat accumulates, it will be filled out.
Baby’s Length: The length of the baby will be nearly 15.2 inches.
Baby’s Weight: He/she will weigh around 2.54 lbs.
Anus: During pregnancy, it is quite common to get haemorrhoids. These dilated blood vessels in your rectal area would pass away a few weeks after delivery.
Bone: The skeleton of your baby, which is now hardening receives nearly 200 milligrammes of calcium every day.
Head: The head of your baby will be growing bigger now in order to accommodate his brain, which is busy generating billions of neurons.
Uterus: This is the time when you may feel dizzy if you lie on your back. This is mainly because of your growing uterus. It puts pressure on the veins that return blood from your lower half to your heart.
The little one is now really active and your healthcare provider may ask you to spend some time every day counting the kicks and may also give you certain instructions on how you need to do that. You should make sure that your doctor or midwife knows if you ever notice that your baby is starting to become less active. You may require a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on your baby.
Heartburn and constipation may sometimes take centre stage now. The pregnancy hormone progesterone will help in relaxing and smooths the muscle tissue throughout your body, which also includes your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, joined with the crowding in your abdomen, will slow the digestion. Sluggish digestion can result in the formation of gas and heartburn – particularly after a big meal – and contribute to constipation.
Your developing uterus may also be contributing to the haemorrhoids. These enlarged blood vessels in your rectal area are normal during pregnancy. Luckily, they usually clear up in the weeks your delivery.
If they’re itchy or uncomfortable, you can try soaking in warm water in a sitz bath or a tub or applying cold compresses medicated with witch hazel to the concerned area. You should try to avoid sitting or standing for long times. Speak with your healthcare provider before applying any over-the-counter remedies during pregnancy, and let them know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, you can eat a high-fiber diet, drink lots of water, and get proper exercise.