29 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
29 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’ve made it to 29 weeks and you’re in the final stretch of your pregnancy. It almost seems unreal sometimes, doesn’t it? When you think about it, it seems like forever ago that you first suspected you were pregnant, but here you are in your third trimester already. It’s come along faster than you expected it to, hasn’t it? Now’s the time to begin putting those finishing touches on the baby’s nursery, start making a list of the things you want to pack in your hospital bag, and get as much rest as you can in these last couple of months before the baby arrives!
As of this week, your baby is as big as a butternut squash, measuring in at about 15.2 inches long and weighing roughly 2.5 pounds! Baby still seems so small, but he will triple his weight by the end of your pregnancy!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 29
The pregnancy symptoms you’ll start experiencing this week fall into that lovely uncomfortable and annoying category that you love so much. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to do it. So, here you go – the list of symptoms you may experience at 29 weeks pregnant in all its glory:
- Itchiness. The skin on your belly continues to stretch as your baby grows, which can cause it to become itchy. Keeping your skin moisturized with lotion and drinking plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated can help quiet the urge to itch. If you notice any kind of a rash appear on your body, be sure to let your OB know right away.
- Headaches and lightheadedness. Lack of sleep and low blood sugar are the main culprits of headaches and lightheadedness during this stage of pregnancy. Take every chance you can get to rest and/or nap and be sure you’re eating regularly throughout the day.
- Hemorrhoids. Thanks to the combination of pregnancy hormones and your baby putting loads of pressure on your digestive system, you have hemorrhoids – the bane of every pregnant woman’s existence. To help make these butt beasts a little more bearable to deal with, eat high-fiber foods, drink lots of water, and ask your doctor about using over-the-counter creams and medicated pads to relieve the pain and itchiness.
- Constipation. Another wonderful side effect of having your internal organs squished by your baby. Constipation doesn’t make those hemorrhoids any easier to deal with and, on the same token, the hemorrhoids make you want to avoid having bowel movements because of the pain. It’s a very sharp double-edged sword, isn’t it? Again, eat high-fiber foods and drink lots of water to try and get things moving. If the constipation gets too bad, talk to your doctor about possibly taking a stool softener.
- Lots of peeing. Peeing around the clock is par for the course during pregnancy, but it gets worse as your uterus gets bigger and crowds your bladder – those baby ninja kicks straight to the bladder don’t help matters much, either, though. You may want to consider wearing a pantiliner or thin pad for those moments when you cough or sneeze or your baby just kicks super hard causing you to pee yourself a little.
- Difficulty sleeping. At this stage in the game – uh, your pregnancy – there are a whole slew of reasons why you may be having trouble sleeping, so the best thing to do is to rest as much as possible whenever you can, and at night, try finding something that will help relax you – such as drinking a cup of (decaffeinated) hot tea, taking a warm bubble bath, reading a book, or having your partner give you a relaxing (non-sexual) massage.
29 WEEK BABY BUMP
Your belly has really popped by 29 weeks and it’s no secret that you’re carrying a little life inside of you. Hopefully, you’ve been taking belly pictures each week so you can see how much the size and shape of your baby bump changes from week to week.
By now, if you’re pregnant with just one baby, you should have gained somewhere around 19 to 25 pounds – give or take. If you’re pregnant with twins, your weight gain at this point should fall between 23 to 38 pounds. If your weight gain is much less or more than these numbers, don’t start panicking. These are the recommended weight gains for pregnant women who were of average weight before pregnancy. If you were overweight or underweight before you got pregnant, your numbers will likely be quite different than those given. As always, don’t worry unless your doctor does!
The baby is quite active these days, but there are some moments throughout the day when baby doesn’t move around so much – those are the times when the baby is sleeping! Keep doing kick counts every day, so you’ll know if something doesn’t seem right with the baby. To do kick counts, count the number of times your baby moves in a 2-hour period. The goal is to feel at least 10 movements in that timeframe.
29 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
Your baby is getting chubbier by the week and is getting more cramped in your uterus as a result, so those kicks and punches will begin to feel more like pokes and jabs.
The buds for your baby’s first set of teeth have formed in their gums, and now the buds for the adult teeth are beginning to develop.
If you’re expecting a baby boy, his testicles have descended into the scrotum by now.
So many changes are taking place in such a short amount of time! Other than getting a bit fatter before birth, your baby looks very much the way he’ll look on the day he’s born, and you’ll get to see a little sneak peek at your baby’s features if you’re lucky enough to have a 3-D or 4-D ultrasound in the next few weeks.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 29 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At 29 weeks pregnant, you’re on a bit of a time-crunch to get your to-do list finished before the baby makes his big arrival. To help you prioritize, here are a couple things you should be doing at 29 weeks pregnant:
- Start packing your hospital bag. You never know what may happen, so it’s best to have your hospital bag packed and ready to go as soon as possible so that whenever you do go into labor, you can grab it and go. Start by making a list of all the essential items you think you’ll want to have with you in the hospital, then you can throw in some of the non-essential, but comforting items.
- Buy the baby’s car seat. The car seat should be one of the first things you buy as far as baby gear goes because the hospital isn’t going to let you leave with the baby without one. And, if you go into labor unexpectedly early, you don’t want to have to have someone else rush out and buy one that may end up not being the one you would have chosen yourself.
- Sam C's Editorial Team