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29 weeks pregnant

What to expect this week

What's happening in week 29 of your pregnancy

Week 29 and your baby will double in size between now and birth!

At a glance

  • Your baby's skin is smoothing out and losing the downy hair
  • Double check your maternity rights ahead of your maternity leave
  • Make sure you have a 'back up' birth partner
29 Weeks pregnant

How big is my baby at 29 weeks?

Your baby's skin is now smoothing out, and the vernix (the waxy white substance which has been protecting it from the effects of the amniotic fluid) is beginning to disappear, as is the soft downy hair (lanugo) which has covered its body (although you might still see traces of both at birth). Your baby's eyes are starting to focus now, too – just imagine how their little world currently appears to them!

Facts to know about your baby in week 29

  • Your baby will double in size between now and birth!
  • Your baby gets all the nutrients from your digested food first. All you get is the leftovers

You at 29 weeks pregnant

If you haven't already decided who is going to be your birth partner, or should you need a 'back up' partner if your baby's dad could be delayed getting to the hospital, now could be the time to give it some serious thought! Your birth partner will offer you moral and practical support during labour, and speak to medical staff on your behalf if you are unable to do so. 

If your partner cannot be at the birth for whatever reason, or you have both decided he won't be (which is a totally personal preference – some men might not wish to be present, and some mums might not want them to be) you might ask your mum, sister, or a close friend to be there instead, but the decision is yours. Whoever you choose, make sure they are aware of your wishes, and have seen – and ideally have a copy of – your birth plan

Facts to know about you in week 29

  • As blood supply to the breasts increases you may notice that blood vessels are easily seen under the skin
  • The sun can cause skin pigmentation changes during pregnancy, but it provides Vitamin D. Get this vitamin through foods such as milk, fatty fish and eggs
  • Consistent rhythmic tapping coming from the womb probably means that your baby has hiccups
  • Research shows babies born to stressed out mums tend to be underweight or arrive early, so take it easy
  • You are using an extra 900 kilojoules of energy a day to fuel all that baby-growing

What to think about in week 29

You might be on the countdown to your maternity leave now, or perhaps you are planning to carry on in a 'business as normal' fashion at the office for as long as possible. Some mums-to-be like to work right up until the last minute so they can use as much as their maternity leave as possible after their baby is born. 

Of course, what you do for a living will have a bearing on this, and how long you can stay at work for, but regardless of when you decide to finish up, do take those last few weeks easy – don't try and be superwoman! Have a look at our maternity rights pages for info on statutory maternity leave and paternity leave.

Signs and symptoms

Fast growing nails
Another hormone related symptom during pregnancy is that your nails grow quicker than they do normally. Although this may seem like a great perk of pregnancy, you may also find they are more brittle than usual and break more easily so it’s a god idea to trim them regularly. It’s normally around the third trimester when you notice a significant difference in your nails. Make sure you wear rubber gloves for dishwashing and avoid nail varnish and polish remover. A nail oil or cuticle oil can also help. 

Your digestive system slows down a lot in your pregnancy and it’s certainly not helped by all these pregnancy hormones. To help ease constipation add more fibre to your pregnancy diet. When having bread, it will make a big difference to choose wholegrain and whole wheat bread, fibrous veg such as asparagus; broccoli; cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, celery, and greens are a great regular addition to your diet to help combat constipation. You can also find the fibre you need in fruit such as plums, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears.
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Watch our videos below:

Video 1: Pain relief options
Video 2: Preparing a birth plan
Video 3: Product reviews

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At a glance

  • Your baby's skin is smoothing out and losing the downy hair
  • Double check your maternity rights ahead of your maternity leave
  • Make sure you have a 'back up' birth partner

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