Your pregnancy: 29 weeks

Your baby still has plenty more growing to do. Over the next couple of weeks, he’ll go through a growth spurt.

Today’s Parent August 9, 2017

29 weeks pregnant symbolized with felt broccoli head

PHOTO: MANDY MILKS, ERIK PUTZ, ANTHONY SWANEVELD. FELT: THEFELTSTORE.COM

29 weeks pregnant: What’s going on in there

It’s a big week for baby! She is the size of a head of broccoli—about 41 centimetres (16 inches) long and weighing around 1.1 kilograms (2.5 pounds)—but the really cool part is what’s happening inside her cute little noggin: Nerve cells have separated into five differentiated areas of the brain, including the parts that control memory and coordination, and these compartments will continue to develop. At 29 weeks pregnant, the amniotic sac has also officially finished growing, but don’t worry about your wee one having enough room to develop: The sac is extremely elastic to accommodate your growing infant (not unlike your maternity pants!). By now—and sometimes as early as 26 weeks—your baby can smile, blink and even frown or cry in utero.

29 weeks pregnant symptoms

What symptoms don’t you have at this point? Constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, heartburn, indigestion and an itchy belly—it’s a lovely laundry list of indignities. Luckily, most of these complaints are temporary and will improve once you have the baby.

Joint effort
It’s tempting to throw in the towel on your workout regimen toward the end of your pregnancy, but do your best to stick with it. If your achy joints are causing a fuss during this stage of pregnancy, consider a workout in the water. The water will support your expanding body and loose joints, making activity more comfortable for you. Try following a gentle water workout or look for a low-intensity aquafit class in your community.

Getting regular exercise during these last couple of months will help ease aches and pains, help you sleep better (yes, for real!), make you stronger for delivery, reduce your risk of delivery complications, speed up post-birth recovery and boost your mood.

What’s on your mind when you’re 29 weeks pregnant

Dude, what’s my birth plan?
Creating a birth plan is a comforting activity for some moms-to-be. Envisioning how the childbirth experience will go feels like a little bit of control in an otherwise uncontrollable situation (for those of you in this camp, here’s a handy printable birth plan for your obsessive planning pleasure) . For others with a bun in the oven, it’s an anxiety-inducing exercise that’s better left to the experts. Neither outlook is right or wrong—you should do what feels right for you and your partner. Just keep in mind that not all births go according to plan, so even if you detail the day down to the labour playlist, special mood lighting and socks you’re going to wear, it’s best to research alternatives so you’ll know what you’re dealing with in any scenario. And just for fun, read these wild celebrity birth stories. Did you know Seth Meyers’ wife gave birth in the lobby?

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