pregnancy week 29

The time before I was pregnant might now feel like a distant memory! I’m enjoying my maternity leave already, and I’m trying to find other ways in which to get comfortable so I can relax, rest, and get a good night's sleep.

week 29

As my baby makes the most of the ever-decreasing space available to them, he or she may move in a more vigorous manner.

  • I have started my maternity leave this week.
  • I’m finding that my bump is keeping me awake.
  • I’m feeling a bit hungrier than usual now.

me at week 29

I feel a bit ravenous about now. That's because my growing baby is demanding extra energy. It's not quite eating for two: for most women, around 450 extra calories a day is about right.

It isn't just about the calories, though. My baby's nutritional needs are reaching their peak about now as they develop and grow. So it's more important than ever to eat a wide variety of foods, with plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron and calcium.

The bad news is I’m suffering from heartburn or constipation. Pregnancy hormones cause muscles like the ones in my digestive tract to relax, slowing the way it moves food through my body and causing indigestion.

my baby at week 29

At 29 weeks pregnant, my baby is around 39cm and weighs about 1.10kg – a bit more than a butternut squash. Their skin is smoothing out as they plump up, storing fat for all the energy they'll need in the future. The soft, downy hair which covered their body (called 'lanugo') begins to disappear around now.

My baby's brain is rapidly developing and the head is growing to hold it. As the brain grows quickly in the skull, it also starts to coil and fold into its recognisable form, a bit like a walnut.

Their muscles are getting stronger too – I feel it when they kick or punch! It's an active time for my baby: my doctor suggests to count how often my baby kicks during the day and night!

things to do

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try our maternity pillow (this item is available at Mothercare) which sits between your legs and supports your bump. Having a bath before you go to bed can relax your muscles or some gentle yoga will help clear your mind.

This week is the earliest that I’m able to start maternity leave, although it's common for women to work longer. If you're still at work, you might want to start planning your handover and discussing your "keep in touch" days with your manager.