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29 Weeks Pregnant: Week by Week Pregnancy

Symptoms, Tips and Fetal Development

 

Every pregnancy is different, but there are a few things that most women will experience when they're pregnant at 29 weeks.

Your Body at 29 Weeks Pregnant

You might not even recognize your own body! Your belly is swollen and your breasts may have changed in size and appearance. To stay comfortable, ensure that you're wearing a bra that fits properly. Many women find that nursing bras are particularly comfortable when they're 29 weeks pregnant. If you're already leaking milk, don't panic! This is also common and can happen when you're sexually aroused, when your breasts are massaged or for no reason at all! If you're leaking a lot, nursing pads can help keep your shirt dry.

Some women experience a constant need to move their legs, also known restless leg syndrome or RLS. This is common when you're pregnant at 29 weeks. If you're experiencing this, make sure you're getting enough iron in your diet and try to avoid caffeine right before bedtime. Although the cause of RLS is unknown, it's thought to be related to the brain chemical dopamine.

Of course, it's not just your legs that are moving. Muscle spasms are common and some light stretching or yoga can help control these muscle spasms. Before you join a yoga class or participate in another type of fitness activity, take to your doctor or midwife to get their advice.

If you're lucky, your belly at 29 weeks pregnant might be free of stretch marks; however, most women find that stretch marks start appearing when they're in the third trimester. The appearance of these stretch marks will fade with time and you can help stop itchiness by applying liberal amounts of lotion on your belly.

Many women now find that they can no longer wear their contact lenses for long periods of time. The moisture levels in your eyes are changing, which can make these lenses uncomfortable. Switch to glasses every once in a while—your eyes will thank you.

Your Baby at 29 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby at 29 weeks probably goes through periods when he’s so active that you’ll wonder if he's having a dance party inside your belly. Other times, he may be still. This is normal, but if you think your baby is less active than usual, call your midwife or doctor.

When you're pregnant at 29 weeks, your baby's lungs have matured enough that he has a significantly improved chance of survival if he were to be born today.

human fetus at 29 weeks

A baby at 29 weeks is covered in fine hair called lanugo. This will mostly disappear before he's born, but you may notice some of it left over at birth, especially around the ears.

What to Consider When You're 29 Weeks Pregnant

It's still important that you eat well when you're pregnant at 29 weeks. Make sure you're eating nutritious foods and try to get some moderate exercise every day. Also, don't forget to do Kegel exercises on a regular basis—this will mean a better recovery after birth.

If you haven't planned out your finances when it comes to your maternity leave, now is a good time to do so. Are you planning on staying home and becoming a one-income family? Learn more about budgeting after baby and work-at-home opportunities.

What to Expect at 30 Weeks Pregnant

 

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