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Week 29 Pregnancy

Week 29 of Pregnancy: A Comprehensive Guide

Congratulations on reaching the 29th week of your pregnancy! You’re now in the third trimester, and your baby is growing rapidly. Here’s what to expect during this week:

Your Baby’s Development

  • Size and Weight: Your baby is about the size of a large cantaloupe, measuring approximately 15 inches long and weighing about 2.5 pounds.
  • Physical Development: Your baby’s skin is becoming less wrinkled and more plump as it accumulates fat. Hair is growing on the head, and the fingernails are fully formed. The baby’s lungs are maturing, and it can now breathe amniotic fluid.
  • Brain Development: The baby’s brain is rapidly developing, and it can now recognize your voice and respond to external stimuli.
  • Movement: Your baby is very active at this stage, and you should feel frequent kicks, punches, and rolls.

Your Body Changes

  • Weight Gain: You may gain about 1-2 pounds this week.
  • Belly Growth: Your belly is continuing to grow, and you may notice stretch marks appearing on your skin.
  • Breasts: Your breasts are preparing for breastfeeding, and you may experience increased sensitivity and breast enlargement.
  • Uterus: Your uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball and is located just below your rib cage.
  • Other Changes: You may experience heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.

Common Symptoms

  • Fatigue: You may feel tired and run down during this trimester.
  • Frequent Urination: As your uterus grows, it puts pressure on your bladder, causing you to urinate more frequently.
  • Backaches: The weight of your belly can strain your back, leading to backaches.
  • Leg Cramps: Leg cramps are common during pregnancy due to increased blood flow and pressure on the nerves.
  • Swelling: You may experience swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles.

Prenatal Care

  • Doctor’s Appointment: You will likely have a prenatal checkup this week. Your doctor will check your weight, blood pressure, and urine. They will also listen to your baby’s heartbeat and measure your belly.
  • Ultrasound: If you haven’t had an ultrasound recently, your doctor may order one to check your baby’s growth and development.
  • Blood Tests: Your doctor may order blood tests to check your iron levels and screen for gestational diabetes.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Exercise: Continue to engage in regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga.
  • Diet: Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Sleep: Get enough sleep, aiming for 7-9 hours per night.
  • Stress Management: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Smoking: Alcohol and smoking can harm your baby’s development.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body’s signals and rest when you need to.

Emotional Changes

  • Mood Swings: You may experience mood swings during this trimester due to hormonal changes.
  • Anxiety: It’s normal to feel anxious about childbirth and the upcoming arrival of your baby.
  • Excitement: You may also feel excited and eager to meet your little one.

When to Call Your Doctor

  • Severe Abdominal Pain: If you experience severe abdominal pain, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Vaginal Bleeding: Any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy requires immediate medical attention.
  • Decreased Fetal Movement: If you notice a significant decrease in your baby’s movement, contact your doctor.
  • Premature Labor Symptoms: If you experience contractions, back pain, or vaginal pressure, contact your doctor as these may be signs of premature labor.
  • Other Concerns: If you have any other concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.


Week 29 of pregnancy is an exciting time filled with both physical and emotional changes. By following the tips outlined above, you can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and a smooth delivery. Remember to listen to your body, stay informed, and don’t hesitate to seek medical advice when needed.

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