How is Your Baby Growing at 29 Weeks?
At week 29, your baby’s head is now in proportion their body. More and more connections are forming between the nerve cells in their brain and their sense of taste and smell are getting stronger.
There will be lots of movement but you should be used to this by now! Your baby begins to produce oestriol in their adrenal glands and experts think that this stimulates prolactin production in your body. Prolactin is responsible for causing milk production in the breasts.
How Big is Your Baby at 29 Weeks?
At week 29, your baby is 38.6 cm (about the size of a butternut squash) and weighs 1.2 kg.
What Happens at 29 Weeks?
If you haven’t had an antenatal appointment for a few weeks, contact your midwife or GP to get checked.
By this stage in your pregnancy, you should be sleeping on your left-hand side as this is thought to be much safer for your baby.
What Symptoms Will You Have at 29 Weeks?
You may start to experience worsening indigestion, heartburn, and constipation at this stage in your pregnancy. This is due to increasing levels of progesterone in your body causing relaxation of the smooth muscle in your digestive system.
Your swelling may still be apparent and you will probably feel a little breathless and tired due to your baby increasing in size and weight.
Urine infections are fairly common at 29 weeks due to reduced muscle tone in the bladder. This causes slower flow of urine through the urinary tract and gives bacteria more time to multiply in the area.