By Neus Ferrando Gilabert BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 09/16/2014

In these moments, you will be able to feel the baby’s movements and little kicks much more clearly; your doctor could suggest you take note of all the movements you feel, to know if their frequency is absolutely normal.

The different sections of this article have been assembled into the following table of contents.

Useful tips

From this moment on you should be thinking about the classes of birth preparation and have the details of the room of the baby ready, since you’ll feel each time less active and will have more difficulties to move.

It’s important that you moisturise your skin, since the stretch marks could appear now, especially in the area of the thighs and abdomen. If you moisten your skin you’ll be able to avoid their apparition.

Symptoms to expect

It is possible you feel that your internal organs are being pressed by the baby: the pressure is on liver, diaphragm, stomach and intestine…

Moreover, you could feel an increase in acidity and gasses. Avoid abundant meals that will make you feel swollen and uncomfortable; it’s suggested to eat small quantities several times a day.

During the last trimester is when you’ll gain more weight, it’s the moment when the almost developed baby starts putting on weight. The maturation of some organs and bones finishes.

Fetal development

During the 29th week of pregnancy, the head of your baby already has a dimension that is more or less balanced with the rest of his body; he also has eyebrows and eyelashes formed now.

During this week, he usually starts to open and close his eyes, although he can’t see because of the complete obscurity within the uterus. He already has this reflex movement of the eyelids, getting ready for the birth.

The vernix, the layer covering his body, increases now since it has the function of protecting the baby.

The fetus has learnt to move and feels comfortable in certain postures. It will become more and more common for him to be faced upside down, which may increase the pressure on the lower part of the abdomen, or even the cervix.

The baby now is approximately 39 centimeters long, and weights an average of 1,320 grams – if your baby’s weight is between 845 and 1,800 grams you shouldn’t worry, because it is within the normal range of values.

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Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information
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