Week 29 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Rapid Brain Development and Maternal Milestones

Baby Size at Week 29: At week 29, your baby is approximately the size of a butternut squash, measuring around 15.2 inches (38.6 centimeters) from head to heel. The baby’s weight is about 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms). Rapid brain development is taking place, with the brain generating billions of neurons.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  • Your uterus is now about 3.5 to 4 inches (8.9 to 10.2 centimeters) above your belly button.
  • You may experience shortness of breath and find it challenging to catch your breath due to the growing baby putting pressure on your diaphragm.
  • Some women may experience leg cramps or swelling in the legs and ankles as a result of increased fluid retention.
  • Your belly button may start to pop out or become more pronounced as the uterus expands.
  • You might experience difficulty sleeping due to a combination of physical discomfort and hormonal changes.

Common Symptoms:

  • Increased back pain and hip discomfort
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue and general discomfort
  • Nasal congestion and bleeding gums

Tips for Week 29:

  1. Practice good posture to alleviate back pain and hip discomfort. Use pillows for support while sitting or lying down.
  2. Stay hydrated and elevate your legs to reduce leg cramps and swelling in the legs and ankles.
  3. Use a humidifier or saline nasal spray to relieve nasal congestion. Gently brush your teeth and gums to prevent bleeding.
  4. Experiment with different sleeping positions and use pillows to support your growing belly for better comfort and sleep.
  5. Begin preparing your hospital bag with essentials for both you and your baby, including clothing, toiletries, and important documents.


  1. Why am I experiencing increased back pain and hip discomfort at week 29 of pregnancy?
    • As your baby continues to grow, the increased weight and pressure on your spine and joints can lead to back pain and hip discomfort. Maintaining good posture, using supportive pillows, and practicing gentle stretching exercises can help alleviate these symptoms.
  2. Is it normal to experience nasal congestion and bleeding gums during week 29 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause nasal congestion and increased blood flow, leading to bleeding gums. Using a humidifier, saline nasal spray, and practicing good oral hygiene can provide relief for these symptoms. However, if bleeding gums persist or are severe, consult your dentist.
  3. When should I start preparing my hospital bag for labor and delivery?
    • It is recommended to start preparing your hospital bag around week 29 or earlier so that you have everything ready in case of an early labor. This includes essentials for yourself, such as comfortable clothing, toiletries, and important documents, as well as items for your baby, such as clothing, blankets, and diapers.

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