If you haven't already, you should start doing daily kick counts once or even twice a day (more on how below) by week 29 of pregnancy.
Baby is running out of room in there, but you should still feel him squirming and moving regularly. If you notice any changes in frequency, be sure to get in touch with your practitioner.
On the symptoms front, varicose veins may be visible and your nails may be growing faster than usual.
Your Baby at Week 29
At a Glance
29 weeks pregnant is how many months?
If you're 29 weeks pregnant, you're in month 7 of your pregnancy. Only 2 months left to go! Still have questions? Here's some more information on how weeks, months and trimesters are broken down in pregnancy.
How big is my baby at 29 weeks?
At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs 2½ to 3 pounds now and measures 15½ to 16 inches long. Though he's getting pretty close to his birth length, he still has some more growing to do in the weight department.
In fact, over the next 11 weeks, he'll more than double — or even come close to tripling — his weight.
Baby's getting more fat and fewer wrinkles
As more fat is deposited under the skin surface, his wrinkled skin is smoothing out. This white fat, as it's called, is different from the earlier brown fat your developing fetus accumulated. Brown fat is necessary for body temperature regulation, while white fat — the same kind you have — actually serves as an energy source.
Counting baby's kicks
Since space in your baby's living quarters is now at a premium, you'll be feeling jabs and pokes from elbows and knees, mostly.
And they'll be more vigorous and less erratic than before because your baby is stronger and excitedly responding to all sorts of stimuli — movement, sounds, light and that candy bar you ate half an hour ago.
That means now's a good time to start doing a kick count once or twice a day, depending on what your doctor recommends. Plus, it's a good excuse for a rest.
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