You at 29 weeks pregnant
You might be uncomfortable lying in bed. If you are, sit up slightly, lie on your side, and put a pillow under your stomach. You can also put a pillow between your legs and behind your back to ease and prevent back pain.
It’s safest to sleep on your side when you’re pregnant, especially now that you’re in the third trimester. This is because side sleeping reduces the risk of stillbirth. You can sleep on either side. It’s OK if you wake up during the night on your back. Just roll back onto your side.
If you haven’t already had your vaccinations against whooping cough, COVID-19 or the flu, talk to your GP or midwife. In Australia these vaccinations are free for all pregnant women.
Although you might be feeling slower and less energetic, physical activity is still important. It will help you prepare for and recover from birth. Before you start anything new, or if you have any concerns about exercise or staying active, check with your midwife or doctor.
Some women find swimming or aqua exercise is good, because it takes the weight off their legs and feet. Check with the instructor about suitable movements and swimming styles. You might also like to try pregnancy yoga or Pilates.
Your baby when you’re 29 weeks pregnant
- is about 26 cm from head to bottom and weighs about 1.15 kg
- will put on a lot of weight between now and about 38 weeks
- has organs that are almost all functioning well
- has started to produce red blood cells in their bone marrow
- is practising breathing more consistently now – in and out in a regular rhythm.