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29 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

2 years ago4 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

How’s the third trimester treating you so far, mama? You might be wondering, how many months is 29 weeks pregnant? Well, you’re into your 7th month of pregnancy now. The weeks might seem to be rushing by quicker than ever.

29 weeks pregnant

These days, just as you get into that elusive comfortable position, your baby decides it’s time to do their daily exercise class. It’s about now that your doctor will probably recommend starting “kick counts’’ to track your baby’s movements once or twice a day. Place your hands on your belly and time how long it takes for your baby to make 10 moves. Kicks, rolls, punches — anything goes.

So what else is going on at 29 weeks pregnant? Here’s what you can expect…

What should I expect at 29 weeks pregnant?

29 week fetus

Your 29 weeks fetus is pretty close to their full birth length — wow! Around now, they’ll probably be around 15.5-16 inches (that’s around 40cm) or the size of a butternut squash.

On the other hand, the average 29 week fetus will only weigh around 2.5 pounds, so they’ve still got a lot of weight to put on, which will mostly come from fat. You might be wondering, what does a 29 week baby look like? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear all this fat-storing is making your little one look much more baby-like, with chubby cheeks well on their way. Cute!

Unfortunately, you probably won’t get to see those chubby cheeks on a sonogram screen at this point. Having a 29 weeks pregnant ultrasound is unlikely, as it’s not part of the routine schedule.

Your baby’s bones are developing and hardening, too, using 250 milligrams of your dietary calcium each day. If you aren’t getting enough calcium from your diet, it can start to impact your bone health. So say yes to that milkshake that’s looking SO tempting. After all, it’s for the baby, right?!

What else is your baby doing at 29 weeks pregnant? Smiling and hiccuping are their favorite new skills. You might even feel their hiccups as a rhythmic tapping in your belly.

29 weeks pregnant symptoms

Your second trimester energy is probably waning, but how else might you be feeling? Here are some common 29 week pregnant symptoms:

Braxton Hicks

If you start feeling an on-off tightness in your 29 weeks pregnant belly, it’s most likely Braxton Hicks contractions, not the start of labor. Phew!

Restless Leg Syndrome

Yet another reason falling asleep might be about as easy as climbing Everest right now. The causes of Restless Leg Syndrome are unknown, but drinking plenty of water, exercising, doing pregnancy stretches, and making sure you’ve got plenty of iron and magnesium in your diet are said to help.

Constipation and hemorrhoids

With your ever-growing bump putting increasing pressure on your pelvis and rectum, it can get pretty uncomfortable. A sitz bath or bathing in Epsom salts, along with other home remedies, can help.

Other common 29 weeks pregnant questions:

Can a baby survive at 29 weeks?

A baby born at 29 weeks is very preterm and will require extended, specialized care in the NICU. However, studies have shown the survival rate to be as high as 98%.

What position should baby be in at 29 weeks?

At 29 weeks, it’s unlikely your baby will have dropped, and they may still be head-up. There’s still plenty of time for that to change!

You’re almost ¾ of the way there, mama! You’re doing great.

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30 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect
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