Pregnancy week 29
Baby is adapting
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How's the foetus during week 29?

Your baby is about 38.6cm in length and weighs about 1,15kgs- The size of a butternut.

Your baby's head is in proportion with the body. 
The brain can control primitive breathing and body temperature.
Your baby is sensitive to sound, taste, smell and light. 
The eyes can move inside the sockets.

What's with my body: Itchy tummy

Your belly may itch like crazy because the skin is being stretched. Vitamin E oil can help soothe this annoying sensation.

You may have leg cramps - usually in the thigh, calf or foot. This is due to low calcium levels or salt deficiency. Relieve leg cramps by massage, and chat to your doctor about calcium, magnesium and salt tablets. 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

Every week that passes improves the likelihood that your baby will be born strong and healthy.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's bones are hardening, which may mean a well-placed kick will take your breath away! Those original flutters of movement may be little more than a faint memory now as your baby leaps into action mode - you may be feeling more than a few hard jabs and punches these days. Your baby should be moving at least 10 times an hour now. If she's less active, don't panic, but be sure to tell your GP or Gynae.

How you may be feeling:

Your baby's adrenal glands are producing a chemical which will be made into estriol (a form of estrogen) by the placenta. This estriol is thought to stimulate the production of prolactin by your body, and the prolactin makes you produce milk. So even if your baby comes early, you'll still be able to breastfeed. It also has a sedating effect so you may start to feel the need for naps once again!

Tip of the week

One of the best cures for restless sleep is plenty of exercise. But from now on you'll have to be careful how you do it. Walking is safe and easy - it's the old-fashioned favourite, and it's still the best. Check out our walking workouts, pull on those takkies, slap on some sunscreen, and get out there.

But do remember, first things first: get your doctor's approval. Some conditions preclude any form of exercise. Second: remember that if exercise becomes uncomfortable or painful at any time, stop and call your doctor immediately.

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