At 29 weeks pregnant, you’re really getting into the final stretch of your pregnancy journey…and you’re probably feeling more pregnant than ever!
Not only does your little one keep growing (in other words, your belly keeps growing!), but you might be dealing with some of the classic pregnancy situations, like accidentally wearing mismatched shoes because you can’t quite see your feet! If anything like this happens, try to laugh and enjoy it. Someday these will be great stories to share with your kids.
For now, take a load off, relax, and read everything you need to know about pregnancy week 29.
29 weeks pregnant: Putting on weight!
This time, we’re referring to the baby. For many weeks your little one was developing organs and tissues, and growing longer, but wasn’t putting on much fat. But during week 29 pregnancy, it’s time for him to pack on the pounds (well, ounces). By now he should be between 15 and 17 inches long, and weigh between 2.5 and 3 pounds. He probably won’t grow much taller before birth, but he will keep gaining weight.
By now he can also respond to stimuli. Did you tell him something sweet? He recognizes your voice and it’s probably his favourite sound! Did you hear that hit song on the radio for the 100th time? Well, so did he. He’ll even be able to recognize and remember the song after he’s born!
Something else new is happening by the time you’re 29 weeks pregnant. Your baby’s adrenal glands have started working, which means that his body can produce its own hormones. The increase in his hormones is what will soon cause your body to start producing milk!
29 weeks pregnant: Downhill from here
Unfortunately, around week 29, pregnancy might start to get a little more difficult than it has been for the past several weeks. While it’s probably fun to be able to interact with your energetic little one—who’s kicking and squirming to say hello—it’s also probably starting to take its toll on you. Here’s some of what you may be experiencing at 29 weeks pregnant:
- Lots of wiggling—you can probably see your little one moving from outside by now, too!
- Varicose veins
- Restless leg syndrome
- More exposed to urinary tract infections
- Pregnancy brain
- Nails and hair growing faster than normal, but also growing in more brittle
- Worsening of heartburn and constipation
To help deal with some of these symptoms like lack of focus and brittle nails, you should make sure to get enough protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium. A pregnancy diet is important at 29 weeks pregnant!
29 weeks pregnant: Do your daily kick count
You won’t have any scheduled prenatal visits or important medical tests during pregnancy week 29. However, during your most recent visit, your doctor may have explained something called the kick count. After pregnancy week 28, it will become important for you to monitor your baby’s activity level, just to be sure that everything is alright until your due date. At this point, you should begin doing the kick count every day.
In order to do the kick count, you need to rest with your feet propped up and focus on your little one’s movements. You should stay there until you feel 10 separate movements, which should take less than an hour. If you catch your baby during an inactive time of day, you can always try again later. You can also eat a snack, possibly something sugary, to give your baby (and yourself!) an extra bit of energy.
If you’ve tried these techniques and you still can’t feel much activity, if it takes much longer than an hour to get to 10, or if there is a dramatic decrease in activity from one day to the next, you should contact your doctor right away. It could indicate a serious problem. But don’t worry, the most likely thing is that you’ll be feeling like a human punching bag with a very active baby! Keep in mind that every baby is different, and that you will be able to identify your little one's pattern and then count accordingly.
As each week goes by, you’re getting closer and closer to the finish line of your pregnancy. But remember that giving birth is when pregnancy ends and the huge task of raising a child begins. One step that you’ll want to be prepared for before your little one arrives is breastfeeding. For first time parents, it’s a good idea to take a breastfeeding class so you can learn exactly what to expect, as well as some tips and tricks for making the job easier. If you haven’t already started one of these classes by the time you’re 29 weeks pregnant, now’s the time! Ask your doctor or midwife for information about classes.
Though you may not be feeling the greatest at 29 weeks pregnant, don’t forget that every week you get closer to seeing your little guy face to face! In the meantime, you can sing him songs, read him stories, ask him questions, and see if he responds. His wiggles and kicks are his way of letting you know that he’s listening.