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29 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

At 29 weeks of gestation, which is about 7 months of pregnancy, is marked by the baby positioning himself to come into the world, usually upside down in the womb, remaining that way until delivery.

But if your baby has not yet turned, do not worry because he still has many weeks ahead to change position.

Photos of a 29 week fetus

29 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development
29 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

Fetal Development milestones at 29 weeks

At 29 weeks, the baby is very active, constantly changing positions. She moves and plays with the umbilical cord inside her mother's belly, which makes her feel good, but it can also cause some discomfort, since some babies can move a lot during the night, disrupting the mother's rest.

The organs and senses continue to develop and new cells multiply at any moment. The head is growing and the brain is very active, gaining this week the function of controlling the rhythm of breathing and body temperature, which is important after birth. The skin is no longer wrinkled and is now reddish. The baby's skeleton is getting stiffer.

If the baby is a boy, this week the testicles descend from near the kidneys to the groin, toward the scrotal sac. In the case of girls, the clitoris is a little more prominent because it has not yet been covered by the vaginal lips, a fact that will only occur completely in the last weeks before birth.

Size of a 29 week fetus

The size of the fetus at 29 weeks is approximately 36.6 centimeters in length and weighs about 875 g.

Changes to the mother's body at 29 weeks

Usually women at this stage of pregnancy experience possible numbness and increased swelling in the hands and feet, causing pains and varicose veins due to difficulties in blood circulation. It is advised to wear elastic stockings, elevation of the legs for a few minutes, especially at the end of the day, wearing comfortable shoes, light hiking and avoid standing for a long time. Colostrum, which is the first milk produced, can come out of the mother's breast and looks yellowish. In some women there may be increased vaginal secretion.

There is also the possibility of starting to occur some contractions, usually without pain and that are short in duration. They are known as Braxton-Hicks contractions and will prepare the uterus for delivery.

Urinary frequency may increase due to compression of the bladder by increasing uterus. If this occurs it is important to talk to the doctor so that any possibility of urinary infection is ruled out.

At this stage of pregnancy, women usually has a weight gain of approximately 500 g a week. If this value is exceeded, it is important that a qualified professional recommends the mother to avoid excessive weight gain, as it may be one of the first signs of developing high blood pressure problems in pregnancy.

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