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29 Weeks Pregnant
June 7, 2022

29 Weeks Pregnant

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29 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 29 Weeks?

Your baby is 15.2 inches long and weighs 2.5 pounds. That’s about the size of a fanny pack.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 29 weeks pregnant:

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There are only 77 days before your date!

Your Baby’s Development at 29 Weeks

Your baby’s been, well, pretty see-through up until recently, when they started growing white fat deposits under the skin. Baby fat not only helps with the whole transparency thing, but it will help them regulate their body temperature once they reach the outside world.

Fat is also how humans store energy, including the energy needed to work our brains. (Your baby’s energy is surging right now!) It also helps us stave off illnesses. Fun fact: Babies are born with about 15% body fat—that’s more than any other animal. Here are other interesting things happening with your baby at 29 weeks.

  • Working reflexes: Your baby’s reflexes, like coughing, are working to get ready for the world outside the womb.
  • Growing hair: Baby is developing more hair on top of their head and growing eyelashes too.
  • Strong bones and muscles: Their bones and muscles are getting stronger and stronger as the third trimester progresses. You’ll notice that strength every time you get kicked!

29 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound


Fun Fact

In Vietnam, potty training starts at birth, and most babies are trained by nine months old.

Your Body: 29 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms

Does it feel like you’re up and down to the bathroom all day—and night!—long lately? Your growing uterus is crowding your bladder, making you need to hit the ladies’ room more often. Here’s what else may be happening this week.

  • Constipation: Blocked up? Many pregnant women become constipated because progesterone is making everything move slower inside. (Eating lots of cheese and taking iron supplements can cause it too.) Make sure you’re getting enough fiber by eating fruits and vegetables. Additionally, stay hydrated and exercise regularly. But even if you’re slow-to-go, remember to avoid laxatives that aren’t approved for consumption during pregnancy.
  • Hemorrhoids: Now that your uterus is getting bigger, it can cause pressure and swollen blood vessels, uh, down below. Constipation doesn’t help the situation. So work on the digestion and also avoid sitting or standing for long periods to time. Soaking in a warm bath or a special sitz bath (it’s a tub for your nether regions) can help. So can witch hazel pads.
  • Lightheadedness: Some moms-to-be get “the spins” when they lie on their backs. This is called supine hypotensive syndrome, and the dizziness or lightheadedness is caused by a change in blood pressure and heart rate. Make it a point to lie on your side, and avoid a head rush by getting up slowly from a lying or seated position.
  • UTIs: You’re more prone to UTIs while you’re pregnant. UTIs, aka bladder infections, happen when bacteria enters the urinary tract and bladder. Since your uterus sits on the bladder, and is becoming heavier by the day, it can prevent the urine from fully draining, which (fun!) can lead to a UTI. These need to be medically treated (usually with pregnancy-safe antibiotics). If it doesn’t, it can lead to a kidney infection and to preterm labor. Not things you want to risk. Signs include pain or burning when you pee and feeling like you’ve got to go right now, among others. Find other signs, plus ways to prevent UTIs.

Top Tip for 29 Weeks Pregnant

If you are ever unsure if your labor has started early, call your advice nurse or head to the hospital. Even if you get sent home, consider it a practice run.

Your Life at 29 Weeks Pregnant

The final trimester is all about growth, and your body has some big stuff in progress. Here are some ideas to help you navigate these changes.

  • Deep breaths: Sometime in the next 10 weeks, give or take, that baby growing inside you is going to need to come out. If that thought has you shaking in your leggings, take heart you’re not alone. Anxiety about birth and delivery is an incredibly common pregnancy “symptom.” Here’s the great news: You can totally do this, and your baby is going to make it earthside one way or another. In the meantime, manage your worries with meditation, long talks with trusted friends or a therapist, and lots of self-care and patience.
  • Recipes to try: Calcium helps your baby develop strong bones and teeth, aids in the growth of heart, nerves, and muscle tissues, and promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. Eating enough of this mighty mineral (about 1,000 milligrams per day) is especially important during the third trimester—if you’re getting too little calcium, the baby will take what it needs from your bones. Dairy is a great source of calcium, as are calcium-fortified orange juice and soy milk, canned wild salmon, kale, chia seeds and almonds. To ensure you’re getting enough calcium, incorporate some of these calcium-rich recipes into your diet: Kale Caesar Salad, Chia Seed Pudding and Salmon Kale Wraps.
  • Get physical: Dance party for one? Make that two! Nothing gets your blood pumping like a few good twists and shakes with a pregnant belly. Plus, a random midday dance party is a total mood booster. Pick your favorite tune, turn up the volume and show your baby some of your best moves.
  • Must-have product: Epsom salt, aka magnesium sulfate, will take your bath to the next level thanks to its soothing properties. Sprinkle into warm water and soak to ease hemorrhoid-related discomfort and body aches. Btw, this same combination is a lifesaver after vaginal delivery to bring relief to your most tender parts.

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Your 29 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Most women have gained between 19 and 25 pounds by 29 weeks. Within that 29 weeks pregnant belly, you’re probably feeling a lot of kicks. Do kick counts around the same time every day, and record baby’s movements and how long it took to reach 10 of them. You want to feel 10 distinct movements within two hours—though it can take less than five minutes to get there. Tell your doc if you notice anything different from your baby’s norm.

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29 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Anxious? That’s completely natural. Consider a regular meditation routine to calm your mind. There are even some specifically for pregnancy.
  • Up your calcium intake to make sure both you and your baby are getting enough of this important mineral. Try this kale Caesar salad.
  • Make a labor playlist, which can help you stay calm during the long, challenging hours. You might want soothing, quiet music; empowering, high-energy songs; or a combination of both.
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