Your Body at Week 29
At this stage of pregnancy, your circulatory system has embarked on another surge. Meaning the total blood volume in your body is now around 5 litres. This will have increased your blood pressure slightly, but it should only happen very gradually.
It is normal for your fingers and legs to swell and this can be delt with keeping your legs elevated, and practicing circular movements of the hands and feet.
However, if you have noticed that your face, fingers or legs have suddenly become much puffier or swollen, this could be early signs of pre-eclampsia. You will need to contact your midwife or health advisor immediately to be seen.
Your Baby At Week 29
Your baby has been covered in a white coating called vernix since the beginning of the second trimester. This waxy protective coat will stay until around 36 weeks. This is to ensure your baby’s skin isn’t to dry up and turn flaky, as newborn's skin is very delicate.
The hair on your baby’s head, eyebrows and eyelashes are continuing to grow fuller each week. Skin creases can also be seen on their little hands and feet, while the fingernails and toenails have become clearly visible.