Around the 29th week of gestation the baby starts growing rapidly. The baby is continuing to gain weight, and his/her head is also growing in size. This is because of the fact that rapid brain development begins in week 28. Muscles and lungs also continue to develop and mature. Your baby weighs 2 ¾ pounds and measures 14 ½ inches.
As the baby is growing rapidly and gets its nourishment from you, it is extremely important that you are getting plenty of nutrients and rest. You must make sure that your diet includes adequate amounts of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium.
You can also browse through the list of recommendations found at essential nutrients and vitamins for pregnancy at the pregnancy and child care sites. You can also have your queries relating to pregnancy diet addressed by a health care provider.
Your total pregnancy weight gain should be between 19 and 25 pounds. You can feel the top of your uterus somewhere between 3 ½ to 4 inches above your belly button. Pregnancy symptoms at this stage include constipation, infrequent bowel movements and abdominal pain. Constipation can be cured by eating a high fiber diet including fruits, vegetables and cereals, exercising moderately and drinking plenty of fluids.
Laxatives and mineral oils are not recommended for curing constipation during pregnancy. Pregnancy symptoms may also include decreased blood pressure, increased skin temperature, edema (swelling of feet and hands), itchy skin, coarse hair etc. Doctors may also prescribe a blood test at this stage to rule out anemia of pregnancy.
You’ll also have to go for check ups with the doctor every 2 weeks starting from this stage of pregnancy. You can also go through the pregnancy sites to have more tips on pregnancy diet and exercises that can be done to ease the process of child birth.