Pregnancy: Week 29

While your baby at 29 weeks is looking more and more like the baby you’re going to hold in about 11 weeks from now, you’re probably going to be dealing with varicose veins and other uncomfortable situations.

What to Expect with Physiological Development

Now your baby is weighing about three full pounds and measures about 17 inches long. This means he’s getting close to his birth length, but in the next 11 weeks, he’ll at least double his weight, and maybe even triple it.

Your 29 Week Ultrasound

During an ultrasound at week 29, you’ll notice your baby’s living space is quite tight. You’ll begin to feel the pokes, jabs, elbows, kicks, and all of that movement much more vigorously. Your baby is gaining strength and you can certainly notice that during the ultrasound.

While you won’t be able to see it during an ultrasound, your baby’s permanent teeth are beginning to form at this stage in the game. You may also notice your baby hiccupping on camera. Don’t worry, this isn’t uncomfortable for him.

Changes in You

Varicose veins are probably the biggest concern for pregnant women at week 29. About 40 percent of pregnant women deal with varicose veins at some point during the pregnancy. They are rarely a cause for concern and are the result of increased blood volume that occurs during pregnancy.

What You Should be Doing

Try to avoid looking at yourself in the mirror and overanalyzing every little vein, stretch mark, and other ‘flaw’ you might be noticing now. These are all natural parts of the pregnancy process and they should be celebrated rather than viewed as something negative.

Now is the time when you should be counting your baby’s kicks. Count them every day, within one hour, and keep track of them. Any change in the number of kicks your baby is making can be a potential sign of problems.

Ending Week 29

Now is a good time to stock up on breast pads. Your breasts may begin leaking colostrum as your body gets ready for delivery. It’s also important that you get plenty of rest, even though you may have a difficult time sleeping throughout the night. Also, pay attention to urinary tract infections because these become much more prevalent at this stage in the pregnancy.

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