29 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Choose or start designing a birth announcement (digital or print)
- Gently stretch your leg, flexing your foot and pulling your toes back toward you, to deal with any leg cramps
- Load up on calcium-rich foods, as well as those that contain potassium
Your Baby’s Development
Your baby continues to be active, and those first few flutters of movement have given way to hard jabs and punches that may take your breath away. If you notice a decrease in movement, do a fetal kick count: Your baby should move at least 10 times in 2 hours. If your baby moves less, talk to your health care provider.
During pregnancy, iron is important for replenishing the red blood cell supply. You should be eating at least 30 milligrams of iron each day. Because iron deficiency is common during pregnancy, your health care provider may recommend that you have a blood test to check your iron level. If it’s low, you may be prescribed an iron supplement.
Pregnancy symptoms at 29 weeks
As your appetite increases to match your baby’s third trimester growth spurt, it’s tempting to fill up on cakes, sweets and fast food snacks. Try to keep these to occasional treats rather than staple snacks.
Eating well at this stage of pregnancy is important for your health and your baby’s health. Try to eat plenty of iron-rich food, which helps you make red blood cells. Your baby will take iron stores from your body, so he won’t run short, but you might.
Boost your iron intake by having meals with iron sources, such as lean meat, leafy greens and fortified cereal in your diet. See our iron slideshow for easy ways to include iron in your diet.
Now is a good time to learn some stretches that will open up your body ready for your baby’s birth. See our slideshow of third trimester stretches to give you some ideas. Don’t worry if you find it hard to learn new exercises. Even the occasional stretch and wiggle can help you avoid pregnancy niggles such as leg cramps. Just get moving and stretching!
What you need to know
Calcium (from milk or other dairy products) will go straight to building your baby’s bones. Iron (from iron-rich foods and from your prenatal vitamins) will boost his iron supply until he’s 6 to 9 months old. At this stage of your pregnancy, protein is also crucial, as it supports healthy cell growth throughout your baby’s body.