What to Expect when You’re 29 Weeks Pregnant
At 29 weeks pregnant you are more than two thirds through your pregnancy (just 12 weeks to go!) and you’ll be experiencing almost all pregnancy symptoms you’re likely to – it can be an exhausting and uncomfortable time but will be totally worth it when your little “bundle” arrives!
That little bundle now weighs approximately three pounds and will be nearly sixteen inches long. He or she has almost reached the total birth length and the next 12 weeks will be focused on filling out – the weight of the baby will double or even triple before you deliver.
Common Symptoms at 29 Weeks Pregnant
Common signs and symptoms of pregnancy in week 29 are varicose veins, hemorrhoids, cramping, insomnia and a susceptibility to urinary tract infections.
That seems like a pretty unpleasant list but all of these are perfectly normal symptoms of pregnancies in the final trimester. While they can cause discomfort, there is no cause for concern.
There are a couple of warning signs of pregnancy preeclampsia and gestational diabetes to look out for at this stage. You should contact your doctor immediately if your swelling is excessive, your cramps are intensely painful, or you experience any bleeding.
This Week’s Pregnancy To-Do List
It’s a great idea to keep a pregnancy chart or diary through your final trimester. Record any symptoms and changes, your baby’s movements and note down any questions on information of pregnancy you have for your doctor or midwife. It’s likely that you’ve got a bit of “pregnancy brain” so noting down your symptoms and questions will stop them from flying out of your head before the next appointment!
It might feel like a waste to buy more clothes when you’ll only wear them for a few weeks. But, tight uncomfortable clothing can have a huge effect on how you feel at this stage. If nothing fits, top up your maternity wardrobe by buying some cheap pregnancy clothes online. Many late maternity clothes can also be worn for nursing postpartum so you will get your money’s worth.
At this stage, your belly is hard to miss and strangers will probably stop you in the grocery store to ask you a million questions about your pregnancy: when is your due date? Boy or girl? Etc, etc etc… You’ll start to feel like a scratched record! But be patient and friendly, there’s something about a pregnant woman that warms people’s hearts. Just let them know if you’d rather not be touched.
Useful Links for the Third Trimester of Pregnancy
All of the pregnant signs and symptoms you’re dealing with may make the thought of exercising seem like some kind of cruel and unusual torture. But, keeping active will actually help to alleviate many of the symptoms. We give some practical suggestions on getting more exercise in the 28th to the 40th week of pregnancy.
At this stage, you’re probably pretty preoccupied with your body’s changes and trying to prepare to be a parent at the same time. But, it’s also important to remember to take some time to care for you! We have ten great tips on how to pamper yourself while pregnant!
You’re now entering your third trimester so we thought we’d share all signs of pregnancy you can expect in a totally “doctor-speak” free page. Find all the important facts on the final stages of pregnancy, birth and the first few days of parenthood right here.