29th Week Pregnancy: Symptoms, Baby Development And Bodily Changes

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How Many Months Pregnant Are You At 29 Weeks?

At 29 weeks, you enter the seventh month and the third trimester of pregnancy.

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How Big Is Your Baby This Week?

This week, your baby is as big as a butternut squash (1). The baby measures 15.19in (38.6cm) in length and weighs 2.54lb (1.153kg) (2).

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Baby Development This Week

Here is how the baby develops this week:

Body organsDevelopment
Eyes (3)Rapid eye movements start. Pupils of eyes respond to light (4)
BrainBrainwave activity begins. Neurons are forming (5)
MouthTooth buds begin to appear. Taste buds can differentiate between sweet and sour (6)
Lungs (7)Practices breathing more consistently, in a regular rhythm. Bronchioles are developing
Bone marrowStarts producing red blood cells
SkinIs less wrinkled
Bones (8)Getting harder and stronger. Skull remains soft

Fetal movement and position: By this week, your baby is very active and starts to kick a lot. However, the frequency may start decreasing due to reduced space inside, which makes it difficult for the baby to make movements. The baby may also attain a head-down position or a breech position this week. In the case of breech position, there is still time for the baby to move to the optimal position for birth.

[ Read: 30th Week Pregnancy ]

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What Symptoms Do You Experience In The 29th Week Of Pregnancy?

Some symptoms of pregnancy you might experience this week include:

  • Weight gain: It is based on the BMI (9).
BMIBelow 18.518.5 – 24.925 – 29.930 and above
Weight gain (Pounds)17- 2615- 2310-177-14
  • Headaches: The hormonal changes and stress can cause an occasional headache.
  • Lightheadedness: The pressure that the growing uterus exerts on the blood vessels can restrict the blood flow to some parts of the brain, which causes lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Shortness of breath: As the enlarged uterus pushes the diaphragm up, it causes breathing difficulty.
  • Backache: The extra pressure exerted by the baby’s weight on the lower back causes a backache. In the case of multiple pregnancies, women may feel more pressure on their back.
  • Hemorrhoids: The uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels in the rectal and vaginal area, which causes the veins to swell up. Hemorrhoids can be sometimes painful.
  • Constipation: The progesterone hormone relaxes the digestive tract, which slows down the digestion process and retains the food longer in the tract.
  • Heartburn: The growing uterus pushes the gastric juices upward into the esophagus, causing heartburn.
  • Frequent urination: The growing uterus puts pressure on the bladder, which increases the urge to urinate.
  • Trouble sleeping: The aches, anxiety, and urge to urinate frequently deprive you of a sound sleep.
  • Pregnancy brain: Forgetfulness is quite common this week.
  • Changes in nails: The hormonal changes can cause brittle nails or hasten their growth.
  • Edema: Water retention in the body causes swelling of the face and feet.
  • Hot flashes: A shift in the body temperature makes you feel hotter.
  • Varicose vein: Increase in the blood flow to the lower parts of the body causes swelling of the veins in the legs.

You will also notice physical and emotional changes as the pregnancy progresses.

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Changes In The Body At 29 Weeks

Physical changes:

  • An enlarged and itchy belly
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Darker and bigger areola
  • Stretch marks
  • Brittle nails

Emotional changes:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings

This week, you are a little closer to full term and at risk of preterm labor. More about it next.

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[ Read: 31st Week Pregnancy ]

Pre-term Labor In 29 Weeks Pregnancy

There is a risk of preterm labor this week, and its symptoms include (10):

  • Uterine contractions (five or more in one hour)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Menstrual-like cramps
  • Change in vaginal discharge (pink or bloody in color)
  • Vaginal fluid leak
  • Lower backache
  • Pelvic pressure

If you have more than five contractions with less than a 10-minute gap between each contraction, then;

  • Drink a lot of fluids
  • Keep your bladder empty
  • Lie on the left side for an hour and check the contraction timing

Call your doctor right away if the contractions persist.

Risk factors for preterm labor:

Your chances of preterm labor are high in the case of:

  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Previous preterm deliveries
  • Cervical or uterine abnormalities
  • Cervical cerclage
  • Dehydration
  • Infections along with fever (>101 °F)
  • Kidney or bladder infections
  • Previous cone biopsy or LEEP (used to diagnose the cervix in case of abnormal Pap test result)
  • If you have experienced elective abortions or more than two miscarriages during the second trimester in the past.
  • Excess amniotic fluid
  • Emotional stress
  • Smoking
  • Physical abuse
  • Use of drugs such as amphetamines or cocaine

Preterm labor means that your baby will be arriving almost ten weeks before full term. Should you be worried about it?

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Can a baby born in the 29th week survive?

According to a study by NSW Neonatal Intensive Care (NICUS), babies born in the 29th week have a 90-100% survival chance, provided they get specialized care in hospitals with advanced NICU facilities.

The babies, however, may develop a breathing problem due to lung immaturity, be more susceptible to infections, can have hearing impairments, and experience developmental delays.

Also, it has been estimated that one out of every ten babies born in the 29th week will have a certain degree of cerebral palsy (11).

If you do not experience symptoms of preterm labor, plan your prenatal visit when it is due.

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Your OB/GYN Visit

The preliminary tests this week include:

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure
  • Fundal height
  • Urine test to check for sugar and protein
  • An ultrasound is done in the case of multiple pregnancies or high-risk pregnancy to track the baby’s growth.

Proper care at home is necessary to stay healthy and minimize the chances of preterm labor.

[ Read: 32nd Week Pregnancy ]

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Tips For Mom-to-be

  • Do not stand for a long time.
  • Count of the baby’s kicks. Lie down and feel the kicks. If you don’t feel them, then munch on some sweet snacks. The sugar rush can make the baby move.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Give your body enough rest.
  • Stay calm and relaxed.
  • Eat healthy, home-cooked food.
  • Have smaller meals at regular intervals.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, breakfast cereals, bran, and prunes.
  • Do not lift heavy objects.
  • Do not take medications without the doctor’s prescription.
  • In the case of hemorrhoids, apply hazel witch cold compresses on the affected area for comfort.
  • Take folic acid and calcium supplements.
  • Take childbirth classes to learn about labor positions and different pain relief techniques.
  • Engage in exercises such as walking. Practicing Kegel exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes.

Seek your partner’s support as and when you need at this time.

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Tips For Dad-to-be

  • Accompany you during the prenatal visits.
  • Create a happy environment at home.
  • Join you in workouts.
  • Help you with household chores.
  • Plan an outing for you.
  • Stay patient with your mood swings and try to understand what you are going through.
  • Go for maternal shopping.
  • Start looking for baby names.

At 29 weeks, the baby is almost developed, and you can expect his/her arrival in a few weeks. Ensure that you follow healthy habits throughout your pregnancy for an easy and smooth delivery. As you hold the little bundle of joy in your arms, you will forget all the pains you have experienced throughout the pregnancy phase.

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Postgraduate in Chemistry and content writer. She has worked as a research analyst with a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and also holds a diploma in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. Her interest in the field of medical research has developed her passion for writing research-based articles. She is a writer for MomJunction and aims at providing informative articles based on health and wellness. Apart from writing, she takes a great interest in music and traveling. know more about her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shreeja-pillai/
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