Congratulations, at 28 and 29 weeks pregnant you are officially in the third trimester.

Perhaps you’re feeling some symptoms of pregnancy, like back pains, constipation, heartburn, or cramping in your legs. Be patient, you are on your last trimester of pregnancy; your baby is at the end of this journey.

Mom and Baby Changes

Mom: At 28 weeks pregnant most women have several discomforts of pregnancy like itchy skin, shortness of breath, hemorrhoids, leg cramps, heartburn, and indigestion. These are all considered normal at this stage of your pregnancy.Remember that these discomforts are temporary.

During these weeks of pregnancy, some first time moms may have severe swelling in their hands and feet. Watch for these signs because it may be related to pre-eclampsia, which is high blood pressure disorder. Consult your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms.

Try to practice exercise to relieve discomforts. Walking is a good exercise and will help you to be prepared for labor. Time goes fast mom from now on!

Baby: At 29 weeks pregnant your baby is now running out of room to move around. Your baby should be moving vigorously.

Your baby’s brain can now control breathing and body temperature. He or she is becoming more and more sensitive to light, tastes, and sounds. Some experts say that your baby can even smell.

The length of your baby is around 26 cm (10.6 inches) and its weight is about 1300-1400 grams (2.8-3.1 pounds).

Dad: It is time for birthing time preparation. Your partner is feeling more anxious because the time of childbirth is getting closer and closer.

Once you and your partner have decided on the type of birth for your baby, do a lot of research to know exactly how to help your partner.

Both have already reached 29 weeks pregnant; enjoy the last trimester.

My own experience at 29 weeks pregnant

At this stage of my pregnancy I felt was blessed because the only discomfort I felt was sore nipples. In fact, all my pregnancy I had extremely sore nipples.

At 29 weeks pregnant, just starting the third trimester, my thoughts were already on the birth of my baby. I always thought about giving birth naturally because all my sisters had vaginal deliveries, so it never came to my mind a cesarean section. Unfortunately the circumstances of my pregnancy and my doctor’s decision were to have my baby by cesarean.