29 Weeks Pregnant
- July 15, 2021
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hey there, pregnant moms and dads-to-be and congratulations on being 29 weeks pregnant! This week I’ve been making lots of healthy recipes, including my favorite veggie tacos (recipe below). It’s been so hard to not reach for the fatty, sugary foods that my stomach desperately craves. Remember to get the proper vitamins and minerals you need to support yourself and your baby! DM me on Instagram or Facebook if you need help creating a healthy, sustainable diet these last few weeks. Let’s dive straight into all the exciting issues that will surface during your 29th week of pregnancy!
29 Weeks Pregnant: Recurring Symptoms
29 Weeks Pregnant: Common Symptoms
Tender Breasts during Pregnancy
Some of your symptoms from the first trimester may begin to re-emerge during the third trimester (try to contain your excitement). My breasts definitely have been steadily becoming more and more tender this week. They are also getting a bit bigger, which some people are not unhappy about! This increase in breast size stems from the fact that your breasts are finalizing their preparations for producing milk. Leaky breasts also bear witness to this.
Pregnancy Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)
Unfortunately, pregnancy makes it more likely for you to experience a urinary tract infection, which occurs when bacteria invade your bladder. Pain while urinating or a constant need to urinate that results in little output are signs of a UTI. Your expanding uterus can prevent your bladder from emptying fully, so make sure you are urinating when you feel the urge and also try to empty your bladder! If you are wondering, can a UTI go away on its own, know that while some UTIs can disappear without intervention, most cases require antibiotics. You don’t want to risk the infection spreading given that your little one is on board so go see a doctor.
Stages of Fetal Development: Baby Growth & Size at 29 Weeks
At week 29, your baby weighs 2.5 pounds and is 15.5 inches long, about the size of an acorn squash. Remember when your baby was growing brown fat to help regulate their body temperature back during week 19? Now it’s time for the white baby fat to grow! Your baby’s wrinkly skin will start to smoothe out, as white baby fat fills in underneath. White fat is essential to providing your baby with energy as well as the cute, chubby cheeks that will make their appearance in about 11 weeks.
With the newfound energy thanks to the white fat, your baby may become more active, despite the fact that the walls of your uterus have begun to tighten! Because your baby’s growth is outpacing that of your uterus, things are getting really cramped in there! This means that you may feel your baby’s movements less intensely and less frequently.
Fun Fact About Pregnancy
In the Netherlands, 30% of pregnant women decide to have home births. That number is only 1% in America!
My Pregnant Belly Progression
I’ve been extra careful to keep off my stomach while I exercise, and I’m not able to do too many high-intensity things. I’m loving how my belly is growing and getting rounder by the day. Yoga pants pulled below the belly have been my lifesavers! Check out my 29 weeks pregnant belly!
Signs of Preterm Labor
Did your baby get your impatient genes and decide to jump the gun? You’re not alone! About 12% of pregnancies end before week 37, as did four of mine. Preterm labor is not ideal; you want your little bun in the oven to bake as thoroughly as possible before delivery. Complications and health problems can arise as a result of preterm labor. If you are concerned about your risks of preterm labor, consider a fetal fibronectin test (which measures the amount of fetal fibronectin in your cervix) and be aware of what factors may increase your risk of going into labor preterm. There are plenty of other risk factors (too many to list here), so talk with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions. Here are some signs that you should be on the lookout for, especially as you get closer and closer to your due date:
Your Pregnancy at 29 Weeks: Prenatal Appointments
Here are the prenatal tests available during Week 29 of pregnancy:
Week by Week Pregnancy Food Guide
Drink tons of water and consider eating kale, cauliflower, red bell peppers, granola, spinach, broccoli, avocados, quinoa, blueberries, bananas, yogurt, nuts, eggs, sweet potatoes, whole grains, lean meat, carrots, oats, and oranges. For the nitty gritty on pregnancy nutrition, check out Week 4 and Week 5 and check back in each week for a healthy pregnancy recipe.
Quick, Healthy Meal Tip
Fajitas: Sauté 1 onion and 1 bell pepper with a dash of salt and pepper until soft. In a pan, mix 1 can of black beans with 1 clove of garlic (chopped), ½ teaspoon of cumin, and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion. Simmer for 15 minutes. Warm up tortillas and layer the tortilla with the beans, bell peppers, onions, and cheese. Enjoy!
Why Bell Peppers? Bell peppers are one of my most favorite vegetables! Like tomatoes, bell peppers are fruits and members of the nightshade family. They are made up of 92% water, which makes them filling. They are absolutely packed with nutrients, including Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium, Vitamin A, and folate. Bell Peppers also contain antioxidants, which fight against cancer and aging.
How Many Months Is 29 Weeks?
Usually, doctors don’t measure your pregnancy based on months. Months have a different number of days and weeks, meaning that the month during which your pregnancy began will influence the month of pregnancy you’re in. However, at 29 weeks of pregnancy, you are around 7 months pregnant.
Week 29 Pregnancy Checklist
- Make a playlist for when you’re going through labor
- Confirm your week 30 prenatal appointment
- Get some exercise — maybe sign up for prenatal yoga!
- Practice meditation or some relaxation techniques
- Tour daycares and interview nannies and family members up for the task!
- Records kicks and movements in your pregnancy journal
- What to Expect & What to Expect When You’re Expecting – 5th Edition (2016)
- The Bump
- Baby List
- The Mama Natural Week to Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth (2017)
- Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy – Second Edition (2018)
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists