Welcome to week 29 of your pregnancy! Your baby is around 38.6cm long from head to heel - that's approximately the size of a butternut squash!

At 29 weeks, your little one is as active as ever, and you're likely feeling plenty of kicks and movement by now. Each baby has their own unique pattern of movements, so there's no set number you should feel each day. However, it's essential to be aware of your baby's own pattern. If you notice any changes, or a decrease in movement, don't hesitate to contact your maternity unit to let them know. You should be invited in for a check up, to ensure everything's okay.

As your pregnancy progresses, you may find yourself feeling a bit breathless. Your growing bump is putting pressure on your lungs, and the extra weight you're carrying around can make it harder to catch your breath. Take things slow, listen to your body, and be sure to take breaks when you need them.

Swollen ankles are also a common discomfort in pregnancy, thanks to the extra fluid your body is retaining. While it can be uncomfortable, there are steps you can take to ease swelling and discomfort. Elevating your feet, staying hydrated, and avoiding standing or sitting for long periods can all help alleviate swelling in your ankles, feet, and fingers. Swelling can also be a sign of pre-eclampsia, so be sure to familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms, and call your maternity unit if you're concerned.



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