9 Apr 2024

Your body at 29 weeks of pregnancy

Your Body at 29 Weeks
You're advancing through the third trimester, and while the finish line is in sight, your body is still hard at work. 

Let's explore this week's common symptoms and offer practical advice for staying comfortable and prepared.
Midwife for 8+ years
Symptoms of the week

Heart Palpitations

Braxton Hicks 

Fatigue & Heartburn : Intensify as your baby grows.

Braxton Hicks Contractions: Your body's way of preparing for labor.


Back Pain & Swelling: Result from increased weight and pressure.

Dry, Itchy Skin: Due to stretching and hormonal changes.
Your baby's position settles, causing pelvic pressure. Physically, stay hydrated and well-rested. You're preparing for the final stage.
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Is it normal?
Heartburn: A result of hormonal shifts and pressure on your stomach. Manageable with dietary adjustments and proper posture.

Fatigue: Reflects your body's increased energy demands. Rest is crucial.

Aches, Pains, & Swelling: Natural responses to your growing baby and fluid retention. Elevation and hydration can help.

Braxton Hicks: Normal "practice" contractions; monitor for consistency or pain.

Skin Changes: Common as your skin stretches to accommodate your baby. Moisturize to alleviate discomfort.
Top Asked Questions
Top 5 questions answered
What is a glucose tolerance test, and why might I need one?

A glucose tolerance test checks for gestational diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy. You'll be asked to drink a sugary solution and have your blood sugar levels checked.

What is a doula, and should I consider hiring one?

A doula is a trained birth support person who provides emotional and physical support during labor and delivery. Hiring a doula is optional, but can be helpful.

What are some signs that I may be going into labor?

Signs of labor include regular contractions, a bloody show, ruptured membranes, and pelvic pressure.

What is preterm labor, and how can it be prevented?

Preterm labor is labor that occurs before 37 weeks. It can be prevented by managing chronic conditions like high blood pressure, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and seeking prompt treatment for infections.

What is a perineal massage, and should I do one?

A perineal massage involves massaging the area between the vagina and anus to help prevent tearing during delivery. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if it's recommended for you.

Taking care of yourself
  1. The purpose of a glucose tolerance test for monitoring gestational diabetes.
  1. Exploring the role of a doula for support during labor and delivery.
  1. Recognizing early labor signs.
  1. Understanding preterm labor risks and prevention strategies.
  1. Benefits of perineal massage in preparation for childbirth.
  • Heartburn Relief: Eat smaller, more frequent meals; avoid spicy/fatty foods.
  • Boost Energy: Prioritize sleep and consider short, daily naps.

  • Pain Management: Gentle exercise and stretching can alleviate discomfort.

  • Skin Care: Use hypoallergenic lotions to soothe itchy areas.
Teaser for next week
Next week you might start feeling winded, your breasts might start leaking and maybe even have some hand pain. 

Be sure to check back next week for more details and other things that might start happening.
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19 Jul 2023

I'm 29w. I really want to have a no drugs & no epidural labor & delivery. I tried with my first & got to 5cm before I caved & got the epi. If you were successful with this, what are some tips you have to offer?

Just had my baby this morning in the tub try to relax don't scream don't yell listen to your body push when it tells you
27 Mar 2024


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10 Jan 2022

Just waiting till the clock hit 12am to see my pregnancy app say that I’m 29w lol.


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