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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby will be rapidly gaining weight now until delivery, and will double or maybe even triple present weight. Hard to believe it now, as you probably feel like you are already at maximum capacity. The baby's head is in proportion, and the head is growing along with all the brain expansion. Don't worry, the flexible structure of the skull allows for that big noggin to pass through during birth. The brain is controlling breathing and maintaining body temperature, although not perfectly. Even newborns have problems keeping their body temperature in check, thus you need to be careful not to overdress or allow them to get too chilled. Sensory awareness continues to be more and more sophisticated, and baby probably already has some taste and odor preferences and dislikes as well. Baby will be moving to a head-down position in the next few weeks most likely, however some babies will pop back and forth making it a guessing game until the end.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 29

The top of the uterus is 3" to 4" above the belly button. All the physical changes will often lead to a pretty constant battle for some pregnant women with constipation. Remember a high fiber/grain diet will help, as will plenty of fluids, regular exercise and if that's not enough, an over the counter remedy like Metamucil should be good. If you still battle with it, ask your doctor about cutting back or stopping iron supplements, which are notorious with backing up the works. However, do NOT use a laxative or mineral oil while pregnant.

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Not quite half of all pregnant women experience varicose veins. This is not to be confused with spider veins, which resemble their name and disappear after delivery. Varicose veins are rather like stretch marks in terms of you may be more or less predisposed to getting them depending on your genetics. They might just be unsightly, or they can cause discomfort or pain. To try to keep them from becoming a problem, avoid overdoing heavy lifting, keep your weight on track, and avoid prolonged sitting and standing which keeps you from having good circulation. There are special support hose for the situation. Good news is, they should improve or go away within a few months of delivering baby.

Preparing for Baby

You've probably begun, or finished birthing classes now, and have a good idea of your best case scenario plan for birth. However, it's a very good idea to sit down with your partner and have a very honest talk about realistic expectations not just for the birth, but how your partner thinks he/she will handle it all. Squeamishness? Discomfort with the situation? Talk it through. It might be in everyone's best interests to have a back up partner to help your partner, or perhaps even a doula. Knowing ahead of time what issues might be problematic gives you both a chance to plan and prepare to make things go smoother.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

While the first few weeks of pregnancy are crucial in terms of what the developing baby needs and what can do harm, now is another crucial growth time for the baby. You need to make sure you are getting the right vitamins and minerals to the rapidly growing fetus. The basics:

  • 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables;
  • 9 servings of grains/cereals;
  • 3 servings of dairy;
  • and 3 servings of meat, eggs, beans, peas or nuts.

Pregnancy Week 29 Comfort Meter

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Diane Aug 17, 2018 07:44:51 PM ET

I am 29 weeks, 1 day. I have had a jelly like substance coming away from me and pains off and on. This is my 6th baby and I have never had this before.

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cera Aug 27, 2017 05:16:32 PM ET

I am 29 weeks 5 days pregnant and I feel a very sharp pain striking my left buttock... Is it normal mums?

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happy Feb 26, 2017 06:48:25 PM ET

My due date is May 13, 2017. It's a princess!

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Keerthi Jan 8, 2017 09:40:43 AM ET

My due date is given as March 23rd. I'm perfectly fine with my baby but I'm very much eager to kno whether mine is a boy or girl. as this is my first baby. I felt some in this group r already aware of their babies gender . Is there any way to find out ?If so, plz let me know. I'm very eager to find out.

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Mommy of ellian and emilia Sep 8, 2016 02:20:14 AM ET

I am 29 weeks and 2 days. I'm due Nov 20 but will be having a csection before then. I am excited but I have not gained any weight yet. I have lost 8 pounds. I am not skinny but I'm average size. My dr. doesn't say anything about it but I think it's not normal. I hope my baby is doing good, she is always moving! I can't wait for her to join us and meet her big sister!

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jennifer sherman Sep 5, 2016 12:46:18 AM ET

I'm 29 weeks 6 days and get heartburn, acid indigestion bad. I also get Braxton hicks and she is constantly kicking and moving. Due Nov 14, 2016.

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Guest Sep 1, 2016 03:47:05 PM ET

I'm currently 29 weeks pregnant and 1 day. I have two boys, 4 and 7, and I'm finally having a baby girl! I feel great and am excited to meet her soon!

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Fatcat Jul 31, 2016 05:58:42 PM ET

I am 19 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Due Oct 13, 2016.

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china Mar 15, 2015 11:30:42 AM ET

Hi. I'm 29 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I have bad braxton hicks contractions. I've been sick, have lower back pain, and losing mucus. It's been three bad days. Does anyone have any info on what I should do?

Guest May 26, 2017 01:37:18 PM ET

You're about to go into labor.

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Alexsis Feb 21, 2015 06:23:45 PM ET

I'm 29 weeks and 5 days. It's a GIRL whose due date is march 4th!!

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