Week 29 Third Trimester


Your blood volume has doubled. Most women gain the most amount of weight during their third trimester. This can be due to your baby’s growth spurt. Sometimes, however, it is because of increasing levels of water retention.

Keep your calcium and iron intake high for you and your baby. Continue to eat several small healthy meals a day, instead of three large ones. Drink plenty of water to help ward off constipation.

Observe your baby’s movements. There will be normal patterns of rest and wakefulness in your baby. However, if you notice a marked decrease in his movements or abnormal movement patterns, contact your doctor immediately.

Continue (or begin, if you haven’t already) exercising. Walking and swimming are good options. Don’t forget to do exercises for strengthening the abdominal muscles; they will help support your back. Consult your doctor regarding appropriate exercises.

Your Baby

Every baby’s eyes are almost always blue—yes, even Asian ones! He can already tell the difference between bright sunlight or artificial light through the uterine wall.

His head is getting bigger, and brain growth is very swift.

Your baby’s nutritional needs reach their peak during the third trimester, so you will need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium. 

You may find yourself surprised by how hard his jabs and punches can be! If you notice a decrease in your little one’s movement, do a fetal kick count: he should move at least 10 times in one hour. If he moves less, seek medical advice.

Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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