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29th Week of Pregnancy

Embryo Development

Managing Late Pregnancy Symptoms

Baby's Growth and Development When You're 29 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby in the 29th week of pregnancy might be best described as long and strong!

  • Your baby probably weighs almost 1.3 kg. From crown to rump they are about 23 cm long, about the length of a large cucumber.
  • Your baby's activity probably keeps getting more frequent and stronger during the 29th week of pregnancy. Hold on — some of your baby's jabs might even take your breath away!
  • Your baby might already be within almost 7.62 cm of their birth length, although they still have weight to gain to fill out.
  • During the next 11 weeks, your baby might more than double or almost triple their current weight. Much of this weight will happen as they gain important weight under their skin.

Your Changing Body When You're 29 Weeks Pregnant

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When you’re 29 weeks pregnant, you begin your 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Now, most of your pregnancy symptoms are caused by your uterus continuing to grow. Here’s what else is happening in your 29th week of pregnancy:

  • Your heart and circulatory system works overtime as your body keeps on producing more blood than normal, carrying oxygen and nutrients to your baby.
  • You might occasionally notice Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labour) as your body prepares for labour.
  • Ready for more of the same? Most of your late-pregnancy symptoms are familiar by now. Look for some of these symptoms in the weeks to come. View the symptoms.
  • Weight gain: Most women average about 500 g a week or about 1.8 kg a month.
  • Veins bulging a bit or becoming blue? Your veins are becoming larger to accommodate increased blood flow.
    • You might notice veins bulging and becoming visible as bluish or reddish lines beneath the surface of your skin, particularly on your legs and ankles. Varicose veins can often appear for the first time during pregnancy, usually in the last trimester.
    • Varicose veins might be sore or itchy.
  • Tips for care. You cannot prevent varicose veins, but you can keep them from getting worse and relieve any swelling or soreness with extra care:
    • Keep your blood flowing by limiting how long you stand or sit in one position.
    • Avoid crossing your legs, which can cut off circulation.
    • Prop up your legs whenever possible.
    • Try sleeping on your left side, which is best for circulation.
    • Avoid putting on any extra pregnancy weight.
    • Avoid heavy lifting.
    • Work walks or other exercise in your day.
    • Avoid restrictive clothing, but ask your Healthcare Professional about the benefits of support hose.
    • Eat foods rich in vitamin C.
  • Spider veins, similar to varicose veins, appear as tiny, reddish spots with raised lines that branch out from the centre.
    • They might appear on your face, upper chest, or arms.
    • They usually disappear a few weeks after your baby is born.
    • To keep them from spreading, follow the same tips for varicose veins.
  • You also might experience haemorrhoids, caused by varicose veins in your rectum. Constipation increases this risk.

Wellness and Nutrition When You're 29 Weeks Pregnant

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In your 29th week of pregnancy, nutrition and physical activity can help you cope with many of your 3rd-trimester pregnancy symptoms.

  • Eating enough foods with vitamin C helps your body manufacture the connective tissues that repair and maintain blood vessels. Try carrots, squash, mangoes, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, lean sources of meat, eggs, dairy, and fortified whole-grain cereals.
  • Eating regular, balanced meals and snacks can help improve both your circulation and leg strength.

Healthcare Professional visit:

You might be visiting the Healthcare Professional when you’re 29 weeks pregnant or in the next couple of weeks.

  • This might be your last monthly visit.
  • Your Healthcare Professional might ask to see you every two weeks and then once a week until your delivery.
  • Your Healthcare Professional will continue to monitor your health and your baby's progress.

Give Me a Break

Many women begin to slow their activity in the 29th week of pregnancy and beyond, which is normal.

  • You are carrying more weight, which can make any physical activity more exhausting than normal.
  • Respond to your body’s needs. It’s OK to modify your routine. Just try to keep moving every day.