Your Body

changes in the body
What to expect
You may be feeling excited as your due date approaches, or quite nervous! You can get breathless. Sleep is problematic because of leg cramps and needing to go to the toilet frequently. You are also prone to urinary tract infections. You may find it difficult to maintain your balance and stumble. You may also have quite leaky breasts.To learn more on what to expect as your pregnancy progresses in the third trimester click here.

Baby size

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide
What to expect
Your baby is the size of a large Cauliflower (roughly 38 cms and 1.2 Kilos).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size
What to expect
Your baby is well formed. He/she is getting fatter and his/her organs are maturing. The bones are hardening and muscles are getting stronger. There is lots of activity and movements. He/she has begun to smile, mainly in sleep.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide
Tips
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long stretches to avoid varicose veins.
  • Carry on eating high fibre foods to prevent constipation.
  • Know what infections to avoid in pregnancy.
  • Lear and know more about what happens during labour and birth. Learn what happens when you get to the hospital and how you need to be prepared.
  • Talk, talk and talk to share your emotions – you will have a range of feelings and can get quite sad and emotional about loved ones, especially those who have passed away.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor
Questions
  1. I am very emotional most of the time. What should I do?
  2. Are my baby’s movements’ okay? What should I expect when I go to the hospital to deliver? Are there any injections I need to prevent getting infections in pregnancy?
  3. When I go to the bathroom it burns; I get lower-abdominal pain and dark foul-smelling urine. I don’t feel good. Please help.

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide
Action points
  1. Find out what injections you need to prevent infections in pregnancy.
  2. Book an antenatal appointment with your doctor.
  3. Discuss and plan with your husband what happens and how to prepare for labour and birth.
  4. Speak to your mother and best friend to talk about how you feel and the emotions you are going through.

Questions you may have

Depression in Pregnancy

Depression in pregnancy also called antenatal depression is a clinical condition.

It is not a sign of weakness and not something that will go away easily on its own or that can be ‘snapped out of'. Antenatal depression can be treated with the right care and support.

Common symptoms are -

  • feel 'low' or the 'blues' most of the time. Can’t enjoy life. Feel tearful without any obvious reason.
  • don't engage with people including family members or events.
  • difficulty in concentrating. can also feel restless and agitated.
  • feel guilty and/or sense of worthlessness. Lack of self-confidence.
  • Self-harm or contemplating suicide.

All or some of these symptoms may come on gradually or may be sudden. Trust yourself. You are the best judge of whether your feelings are normal and usual for you.

Around one in every ten pregnant women has antenatal depression that can be clinically diagnosed.

Talk to your doctor or health care professional and make sure you get the right treatment and service you need.

Disclaimer

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