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29 Week Pregnancy

29 Weeks Pregnant: A Comprehensive Guide

Congratulations on reaching 29 weeks of pregnancy! You are now in the third trimester, and your baby is growing rapidly. This is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this stage of your pregnancy:

Your Baby’s Development

At 29 weeks, your baby is about the size of a cantaloupe. They weigh about 2.5 pounds and are about 15 inches long. Their body is becoming more proportional, and their features are becoming more defined.

Your baby’s lungs are continuing to develop, and they are now able to breathe on their own. They are also starting to practice breathing movements. Their eyes are open, and they can blink and focus.

Your baby’s brain is growing rapidly, and they are starting to learn. They can recognize your voice and respond to your touch. They are also starting to develop their own personality.

Your Body

Your belly is now very large, and you may be feeling uncomfortable. Your back may ache, and you may have trouble sleeping. You may also experience heartburn, constipation, and hemorrhoids.

Your breasts are preparing for breastfeeding, and you may be leaking colostrum. Your nipples may also be sore.

Your blood pressure and blood sugar levels may be higher than usual. Your doctor will monitor these levels closely.

Common Symptoms

Some common symptoms of pregnancy at 29 weeks include:

  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Increased urination
  • Leg cramps
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling
  • Varicose veins

What to Expect at Your Doctor’s Appointments

At your doctor’s appointments, your doctor will:

  • Check your weight and blood pressure
  • Measure your belly
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat
  • Perform a vaginal exam to check for dilation and effacement
  • Order blood tests and ultrasounds as needed

Tips for Staying Healthy

Here are some tips for staying healthy during your third trimester:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Take prenatal vitamins.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions.

Preparing for Labor and Delivery

It is important to start preparing for labor and delivery in the third trimester. Here are some things you can do:

  • Take childbirth classes.
  • Create a birth plan.
  • Pack a hospital bag.
  • Choose a pediatrician.
  • Talk to your partner or support person about your expectations for labor and delivery.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Contractions that are regular and getting stronger
  • Fluid leaking from your vagina
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Swelling in your face, hands, or feet


The third trimester of pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time. By following these tips, you can stay healthy and prepare for the arrival of your baby.

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