Congratulations on being 29 weeks pregnant!
You’re into your third trimester now and it’s all starting to feel very real.
Although you still have some time up your sleeve, it’s probably dawned on you by now you’ll be giving birth soon.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
Fear and concern about labour and coping with contractions are very normal.
Most pregnant women experience these feelings at some stage – even women who have given birth before.
Just remember, being informed about your choices can help you to prepare for birth.
If you have a doula or midwife, don’t be afraid to speak up about your worries and concerns.
They can help you work through your fears and discuss your options for pain relief during labour.
There are many ways you can relieve labour pain, without needing medication.
Be sure to read 13 Natural Pain Relief Options For Labour for more information.
29 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby is putting pressure on your digestive system.
As a result, once again you’re probably experiencing a lot of heartburn, gas and other digestive difficulties.
Your uterus continues to put pressure on your bladder; this leaves very little room for holding urine, so frequent trips to the toilet have also begun again.
You might also start to see varicose veins in your legs.
Varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that occur because of the increased blood volume, hormones and pressure on the veins in the pelvis.
They aren’t pretty to look at but varicose veins usually disappear once baby is born. For some women they will cause some aching.
You might also develop varicose veins in the vulva or rectum (haemorrhoids).
Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time. Apart from that, there isn’t much you can do about them.
Sitting with your feet propped up will give some relief from the aches and pains; special support hose can also be helpful.
When you’re 29 weeks pregnant, you might also be experiencing headaches – particularly if you aren’t sleeping well.
They can also be caused by low blood sugar, so be sure to eat on a regular basis.
Now that baby is getting so big, you’ll probably feel much better if you eat several small meals throughout the day. This can also help relieve problems with your digestion, and keep your blood sugar stable.
Don’t forget to keep up your water intake.
29 Weeks Pregnant Belly
At 29 weeks pregnancy, your baby is starting to put on a lot of weight.
It’s getting pretty crowded in your uterus.
It probably feels like your baby’s kicking is becoming stronger and more intense.
Because there’s less room, you’re feeling every movement and bump.
You might notice stretch marks now, as your body accommodates your growing baby and uterus.
They will usually fade after you give birth.
You can’t do anything specific to avoid stretch marks. Try to keep your skin moisturised, and avoid gaining weight too quickly; this will minimise the impact.
29 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby
Your baby is growing rapidly. All organs are formed and he’s starting to gain a lot of fat.
He still has a long way to go. Between now and birth, he will double or even triple his current weight!
The fat he is putting on is white fat – quite different from the brown fat your baby was developing early on in pregnancy.
Brown fat is for temperature regulation, and white fat is actually an energy source.
This extra energy is responsible for your baby being much more active.
Make sure you keep eating a healthy, balanced diet to meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby’s permanent (adult) teeth are already forming.
His head is also growing bigger to accommodate that rapidly growing brain.
This week your baby might even begin to smile – especially during sleep periods.
Once your baby is born, you will often see these adorable grins during sleep.
This type of early smile is thought to be a reflex rather than an action triggered by emotion.
In fact, babies lose this reflex quite early. Premature babies will smile more often than full term babies.
Responsive smiles – that is, smiles that happen due to sensory input – start to happen around 6-8 weeks after birth.
Social smiles occur about 3-4 months after birth. This is when your baby begins to smile as a reaction to your actions and gestures.
Counting Baby Kicks
Now is a good time to start counting baby’s kicks, to make sure everything’s on track.
You can count kicks each day – once in the morning and once at night.
Get your partner in on the action, too!
You’re the one growing the baby, so you can feel everything that’s happening all the time. Anything your partner can also feel helps make it more real, and allows your partner to feel more connected to your baby and the pregnancy.
When you decide to start counting, look for ten movements (not just kicks) within one hour.
If you can’t feel at least ten movements within a two-hour period, it’s best to call your doctor or midwife.
To make the counting period easier, it’s a good idea to have a little snack before you begin, or to plan to start your counting time after a meal. The blood sugar rush usually gets baby going.
Read more in our article Baby Kicking – 9 Facts You Need To Know.
Your baby’s weight is now about 1.5 kg and he is about 37-42 cm long – roughly the size of a butternut squash or large zucchini.