29 Weeks Pregnant
Hey you! You’re probably getting a preview of baby’s personality by feeling them move. By those playful kicks and jabs, you may realize you’ve got a gentle dancer or an active ninja! Week 29 of pregnancy is a good time to start finalizing details, like stocking the nursery with baby care essentials, taking an in-person (if your hospital allows it) or virtual tour of your hospital’s labor and delivery ward, selecting a pediatrician and checking out a few potential daycares. (Depending on where you live, you may encounter a long wait list!) You’ll also want to start packing a bag with the things you know you’ll want with you at the hospital for baby’s birth. Leave it by the door, so you can add items you think of along the way—and so you can grab it at a moment’s notice.
At 29 weeks, baby is the size of an acorn squash. Your 29 weeks baby already measures about 15.2 inches long. A 29 week fetus weighs about 2.5 pounds but still has a way to go—can you believe baby will triple in weight before birth?
Twenty-nine weeks pregnant is seven months pregnant. Keep in mind, though, that most doctors track pregnancy by week, not month—that’s because pregnancy is really 40 weeks long, which is a little more than nine months.
At 29 weeks pregnant, you’ve probably noticed baby moving a lot. Baby isn’t just rolling and kicking a bunch, but also plumping up. And as baby continues to put pressure on your digestive system, you’re going to feel the effects: hemorrhoids, heartburn, pelvic pain and frequent urination are all common at this stage in the game.
- Headaches and/or lightheadedness. You can get a headache or feel out of sorts if you’re sleep deprived. (We know it’s probably been tough to get a restful night of sleep!) But if you’re also lightheaded or dizzy, it could be from low blood sugar too, so make sure you're eating at regular intervals.
- Itchy belly. Your skin is stretching thinner, making it more sensitive and itchy. Lotion up and drink lots of water! Let your doctor know about any intense itches or a rash.
- Back, leg or hip pain. Some soreness is totally par for the course. Your body is carrying around extra weight all day at 29 weeks pregnant, and depending on baby’s position, they’re putting pressure on anything and everything. (Even more so if you’re 29 weeks pregnant with twins!) Plus, your joints and ligaments are getting softer and more relaxed in preparation for delivery. All of that pressure can cause aches and pains all over.
- Hemorrhoids. Baby is putting pressure on your digestive system, too (especially the anus), and those pesky hormones may be relaxing your intestinal muscles, causing uncomfortable hemorrhoids. Combat them by eating plenty of fiber (think: leafy veggies) and drinking lots of water.
- Constipation. Being stopped up like this isn't really helping the hemorrhoid situation, is it? The fiber and water will help here as well.
- Trouble sleeping. Don’t overdo it with caffeine, drink lots of water and get some light exercise to help you when you can’t sleep. We’re big fans of prenatal yoga and brisk walks around the neighborhood.
- Frequent urination. Gotta pee… again?! The more your uterus expands, the more you'll probably have to hit the restroom. This doesn’t mean you should cut down on drinking water. In case you missed it, proper hydration is important for easing many 29 weeks pregnancy symptoms; it’s also important for preventing preterm labor. (You’re at higher risk for preterm labor if you have a pregnancy complication or if you’re 29 weeks pregnant with twins.)
At 29 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re probably realizing that these babies are going to take up a lot of space! You’ll more or less need two of everything—two bassinets, two carseats, two bouncy chairs, etc.—and that can be a startling realization. Figure out how to navigate double the baby by doubling up on support. See who can come help lend an extra hand… because you won’t have one!
Twenty-nine weeks pregnant weight gain is typically about 19 to 25 pounds. For women who are 29 weeks pregnant with twins, weight gain is around 23 to 38 pounds. If you feel around your 29-week pregnant belly with your hand, you’ll notice the top of your uterus is about 3.5 to 4 inches above your belly button.
You’ll also notice lots of kicks inside your 29 weeks pregnant belly. Baby is starting to feel a bit crowded and, thanks to surging energy levels, is pretty active. Continue doing kick counts each day to make sure baby’s activity levels seem pretty consistent. Baby should move 10 times within the span of an hour.
If you haven’t felt baby move in a little while and you’re starting to worry, drink some ice water, play some music or lie down on your side for a nice massage (ask your partner!). One of those activities should wake baby up. Anytime you’re worried about fetal activity, call your doctor; they may want to have baby checked out.
What is the expected baby position at 29 weeks?
Around this time, baby will turn head down in your baby bump in preparation for birth. Though about a quarter of babies may still be breech at this point, only about 3 to 4 percent remain breech at full term. Sometimes you can tell what position baby is in by paying attention to where the big kicks are compared to the smaller punches. Also pay attention to where the larger wriggles are, as that may be baby’s booty or head!
Baby is getting a little cramped in there—that’s a given, seeing how fast they’re growing. That means all those kicks and jabs are getting stronger. You might even feel a subtle, repetitive twitch. That’s your week 29 fetus hiccupping. Cool!
If you’re 29 weeks pregnant with twins, your twosome is definitely getting super crowded inside your 29 weeks pregnant belly!
If you’re on a typical prenatal visit schedule, you probably don’t have to see the doctor at week 29 of pregnancy, but you’ll go back around week 30. If you were to look at a 29 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you may see that baby is growing white fat deposits under the skin, and their energy is surging because of it!
A look at baby at 29 weeks in the womb
If you could see in your 29 weeks pregnant belly, you’d see that baby is filling out! Their skin is thicker, they’re putting on muscle and fat and (though you can’t see it) their bones are getting stronger too. Baby’s wrinkly skin is smoothing out, and their eyes now have pigment (though it’s pretty much always blue at this point).
Beef up your calcium intake
Baby is working hard to build strong bones, but if there isn’t enough calcium for them, they’ll take it from you. To make sure that doesn’t happen, up your calcium intake with dairy products, tofu, dandark leafy greens and fortified foods.
Decide what to do with baby’s cord blood
There are several options for what to do with baby’s cord blood, including cord blood banking and donating baby’s cord blood. While banking baby’s cord blood, which contains special stem cells that can treat and cure certain diseases, means you’ll have it in case baby or someone in your family needs it, it’s also pretty costly and not an option for many families. Alternatively, donating the cord blood means that it will be available to anyone who is a match.
Take care of your boobs
Your breasts probably feel really weird right now. They might feel itchy, tight and heavy, they might have heat rash or they might be leaking colostrum already. Whatever’s going on with your boobs, be nice to them! Moisturize, wear a comfortable, breathable bra (you may need to buy a larger size bra once or twice during pregnancy) and consider getting breast pads early for any leaking.
Put your feet up and rest
Those dogs are barking, aren’t they? Between swelling, loose joints and the return of exhaustion, your whole body probably feels all worn out. Put your feet up to reduce swelling and aching, and get your rest when you can.
Reminders for the week:
- Read up on third trimester tests
- Hire your nanny or select a daycare, if you need one
Medical content was reviewed November 2020 by Sherry A. Ross, MD, an ob-gyn and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and author of she-ology and she-ology, the she-quel: let’s continue the conversation.