Congratulations on being 29 weeks pregnant!
You’re into your third trimester now and it’s all starting to feel very real.
While you still have some time up your sleeve, it’s probably dawning on you that you’ll be giving birth soon.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Everything You Need To Know
Fear and concern about labour and coping with contractions is very normal.
Most pregnant women experience them 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, speak to them about your worries and concerns.
They can help you to work through these 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.
So, you’re probably experiencing a lot of heartburn, gas and other digestive issues –again!
Your uterus continues to put pressure on your bladder, giving you very little room for holding urine so frequent trips to the toilet have begun again.
You may also start to see varicose veins in your legs.
Varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that occur thanks to the increased blood volume, hormones and pressure on veins in the pelvis.
These aren’t pretty to look at but should disappear once baby is born. For some women they will cause achiness.
You might also develop varicose veins in the vulva or rectum (haemorrhoids).
Other than avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time, there isn’t much you can do for them.
Sitting with your feet propped up will help with the aches and pains and special support hose can also be helpful.
When you’re 29 weeks pregnant, you may also be having some headaches, particularly if you’re not sleeping well.
But they can also be from low blood sugar, so be certain 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, which can help with the digestive issues.
This will also help keep your blood sugar stable. Don’t forget to keep your water intake up too.
29 Weeks Pregnant – Belly
Your baby at 29 weeks pregnancy is starting to put on a lot of weight now.
So it’s getting pretty crowded in your uterus.
It probably feels like your baby’s kicking is feeling 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 baby and uterus.
These will usually fade after you give birth.
You can’t avoid stretchmarks if you’re going to get them. But try to keep your skin moisturised and avoid gaining weight too quickly to 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 and 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 more active too.
Make sure you keep eating a healthy, balanced diet to meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
Your baby’s permanent (adult) teeth are forming at 29 weeks pregnant.
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.
These early smiles are thought to be reflexes rather than 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 which happen due to sensory input, start happening around 6-8 weeks after birth.
Social smiles occur about 3-4 months after birth. This is when your baby beings smiling as a reaction to your actions and gestures.
Counting Baby Kicks
Now is a good time to start counting baby’s kicks, to help ensure everything’s on track.
You can count kicks once in the morning and once at night every day.
Get your partner in on the action, too!
As you’re the one growing the baby and can feel everything, anything that your partner can feel helps make this more real and more connected to your baby and pregnancy.
When you decide to start counting, look for ten movements (not just kicks) within an hour.
If you can’t feel ten movements at least 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 counting, or to plan your counting time to come 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 about 1.5 kg and she is about 37-42 cm long, roughly the size of a butternut squash or large zucchini.