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29 weeks pregnant - what to expect

Your baby is about 33cm from head to bottom and about the size of a butternut squash.

Week 29 infographic.

What does my baby look like?

As well as being able to open their eyes and focus, they can turn towards light outside the womb.

Your baby is still developing more fat under their skin, which means they're less wrinkled and their skin is smoothing out.

Your symptoms - what to expect

Burning in your chest?

Your baby and womb are putting pressure on your stomach, which can give you heartburn. Try to eat little and often, and avoid fatty and spicy foods.

A milky drink may also help. If this doesn’t work, your midwife or doctor will be able to prescribe you something, which is suitable in pregnancy.

Are you suffering from heartburn, indigestion or constipation?

Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them.)

Varicose veins?

You may be suffering from varicose veins. This is where veins - generally in the legs - become swollen and bumpy.

If they are a problem, put your feet up whenever you can and consider wearing support tights. If your legs are so swollen and painful that you have pain when you stand, talk to your midwife or doctor.

Belly button

Your belly button might start sticking out a bit now. It will go back in after your baby is born.

Stretch marks

You might have some stretch marks. They’re difficult to avoid, but they will fade after the birth with time.

Actions to take

Maternity leave

Week 29 of your pregnancy is the earliest you can start your maternity leave. Many women prefer to work for longer, though, and save their maternity leave for after they have the baby.

Slow down but don’t give up

As your bump gets bigger, you may start to feel more easily out of breath - especially when you’re climbing stairs.

Slow down and adjust your pace to a speed that your body can handle.

Find out more about how active you should be during your pregnancy.

Pain relief in labour

Do you know much about pain relief in labour and birth? It’s worth reading up on the pros and cons of all your options, so you can go in to labour prepared.

Is it too late to squeeze in a babymoon?

“We took our toddler abroad for the first time when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with no.2. It was lovely having quality time just the three of us before we became a family of four.”

Rachael, mum of two

Find out more about going on holiday and flying in the third trimester of your pregnancy

See out top 5 tips for babymoons

Sources

1. You and your baby at 29–32 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-29-30-31-32.aspx [accessed 28 May 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).

2. You and your baby at 29–32 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-29-30-31-32.aspx [accessed 28 May 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).

3. Law R, Maltepe C, Bozzo P, Einarson A (2010) Treatment of heartburn and acid reflux associated with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, Canadian Family Physician 56: 143–4: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2821234/[accessed 30 March 2015].

4. Pregnant employees’ rights, Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights [accessed 30 March 2015].

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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