You have entered your final trimester. This is the most physically and emotionally challenging period of pregnancy. You are definitely starting to discover what “pregnancy” really looks like. Get ready to feel your baby’s feet because the baby will be getting more and more active. You are getting closer to giving birth to your child. In the meantime, here are several things that you should know and what you can expect.

Your baby at week 29 of pregnancy

Hey you, you are 29 weeks pregnant and your baby is really active now. The kicks will be happening very often, and this is a good sign that your baby is doing well.

Your doctor might also ask you to count kicks each day. He or she will provide you with the specific introduction on how to do this. Counting kicks are to make sure your baby’s doing fine. Get into a habit of counting kicks two times a day, in the morning and at night. 

How big is your baby at 29 weeks pregnant?

Your baby is now more than 14 ½ inches (36.8 cm) long and weighs around 2 ¾ pounds (1.3 kg) (almost the size of a pomelo). And yet, it will continue to grow. During this period, your baby will gain half of its birth weight.

Also, muscles and lungs are continuing to mature. The growth of the baby will cause increased hunger. This happens because your baby needs more nutrients to grow. 

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29 weeks pregnant baby position

As your pregnancy goes towards the end of the seventh month, you are coming closer to holding your child in your hands. He’s now maturing very rapidly and very active within your womb. You should feel plenty of kicks and knocks over the course of the day as he exercises his muscles.

With the brain developing rapidly, his head occupies a significantly large portion of his mass. At 29 weeks, the baby will most likely be in a vertical position with the head down towards the cervix. It’s also not unheard of for the baby to be in breech position at this time, with the expectation that he’ll flip to normal position before birth.

Pregnancy week 29 fetal development

The baby’s head is getting bigger to accommodate the developing brain. The rapid brain development has started last week and continues this week. The baby begins to regulate its own body temperature. The hearing improves and the muscles and lungs continue to mature.

The skin of the baby is smoothing out and losing the downy hair. The marrow starts producing red blood cells. Your baby is able to open and close eyes. 

Your body at week 29 of pregnancy

The average weight gain by this week should be between 19 and 25 pounds (8.6-11.3 kg). The recommended calorie intake during this period is about 2400 kcal/day. This is by 500 kcal/day more than the recommended daily intake in general.

Also, hormone levels in pregnancy are causing weight gain to happen more easily. You might experience breast tenderness, varicose veins.

29 weeks pregnant belly

In week 29, your belly will become bigger and will continue to protrude even more. It may be hard for you to see your feet. The fundal height is 26 to 35 cm (10.2-13.8 in). The increased amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus is around 9 cm (3.5 in) above your navel. 

29 weeks pregnant symptoms

Your breasts will become bigger, and you will have to find well-suiting sports or nursing bra. If you are feeling tired, there is no place to worry. Your body is doing everything needed to make a friendly home environment for your baby. Other symptoms include:

  • Faster growing nails are a symptom related to changes in hormones.
  • Constipation is one of the most present symptoms that you will be experiencing this week. Constipation can cause other conditions like abdominal pain, gas and hard stools. Eat high-fiber foods and drink a lot of water in order to help yourself. A laxative is an option to get some relief, but before using it you should consult with your doctor. 
  • Varicose veins may form on your legs, and this is normal during pregnancy. Buy some compression stockings to minimize the symptoms and prevent complications.
  • Mood swings.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Lack of breath results from your growing uterus. Try to rest when possible. If you have significant difficulty breathing, report it to your doctor immediately. 
  • Migraines may occur from time to time, as well. If you are experiencing headaches, reduce the pain by lying down in a dark and quiet room. Put a cold compress on your neck or forehead.
  • Frequent urination is normal. There is extra pressure put on your bladder from the uterus and the baby. You will already be tired, and the frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom will be additionally annoying to you. 
  • Hemorrhoids that may be itchy and painful. Try not to stand for long stretches. If the pain doesn’t go away, talk with your doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy. If you have rectal bleeding, let your doctor know. Regular exercise, drinking a lot of water and eating a high-fiber diet prevents constipation. 
  • Preeclampsia is more likely to develop in this period. The main complication of preeclampsia is high blood pressure. This can result in changes with the liver and kidney function. It is important to follow through on all your doctor appointments. Preeclampsia can lead to some dangerous complications. Know your regular and healthy pressure. In that way, you can recognize if there is some sudden change in your blood pressure. Preeclampsia is often accompanied by symptoms that include swelling in the legs, headaches that don’t go away, as well as nausea and vomiting. 
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29 weeks pregnant ultrasound

You are aware that the baby is getting cramped in there, given to the fact how fast your baby is growing. If you feel a subtle, repetitive twitch – that are actually may be hiccups from your baby. 

If you take a look at a 29 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you will be able to see that the baby is growing white fat deposits under the skin. A membrane – thin wall forms around your baby. 

29 weeks pregnant lifestyle

The most important thing is to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

Your baby is getting bigger. Due to this, around 250 milligrams of your dietary calcium is now going into your baby bones that are developing. Also, your baby needs calcium for nerves, muscles, and heart and tooth development.

If you don’t consummate enough calcium, your baby will start to take calcium from your bones. This can result in induced hypertension and lower birth weight of your baby. To consume larger doses of calcium, eat calcium-rich food. This includes plain low-fat yogurt, almond or soy milk, tofu, sardines, dried figs, broccoli rabe and etc. 

Also, drink a lot of water. Taking enough fluid is essential.

Moderate exercise like walking and swimming for 30 minutes stimulates the bowels. 

Because of the rapid development of your baby, be sure that you are taking plenty of nutrients. This includes nutrients like vitamin C, folic acid, proteins, iron, and calcium. Iron is important during pregnancy. The iron-deficiency anemia is a common issue in pregnancy. Foods like lean beef, fish, beans, lentils, and turkey are good sources of iron.

Sex at week 29 of pregnancy

Sex is a normal part of the pregnancy. Unless your doctor advises or you have a medical condition, there is no other reason to make some changes in your sex life during pregnancy. Due to the changes that happen in pregnancy, many women feel a little different during sexual intercourse. 

The increased blood flow to the lower parts of the body heightens the sensitivity in some women. Some women can experience low sexual desire because of the hormonal changes. You will have to try some new positions that will be comfortable. As your belly starts to interfere it may become awkward. 

29 weeks pregnant checklist

  • Continue to take prenatal vitamins.
  • Review your calcium intake and change the dosage if needed.
  • Do the Kegel exercises daily.
  • Drink around 10 glasses of water a day unless your doctor says otherwise.
  • Start discussing your partner’s role in the birth.
  • Shop for diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream.
  • Buy comfortable clothes for you and your baby.
  • Pick a baby-friendly laundry detergent.
  • Learn about maternity leave and talk to your boss.

What to ask your doctor?

Doctors are also fantastic at providing an overview of your pregnancy. If you have some pregnancy-related questions – don’t hesitate to ask them. 

Depending on your pregnancy needs and physical level, you are having a different routine than another mom. Ask your doctor what kind of exercises you should be doing. 

As we've mentioned, there are essential nutrients and vitamins that need to be taken at the right dosage. If you have some questions about nutrition or the number of vitamins that you should take, ask your doctor. Also, ask for food and drink recommendation. 

If you notice bleeding or spotting at any time during pregnancy, you should call your doctor. 

Ask what signs of preterm labor you should look out for. 

Discussing pregnancy questions with your doctor is one of the things that you must do, in order to gain more information.