29 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 29 weeks pregnant, this week is all about super-bloating, choosing the right baby carrier, sex in your third trimester and what your bump size can tell you...

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Oi, big head! Your baby’s head is enlarging – to make room for some serious brain development to come. He or she can now blink – and, experts think, may be dreaming during sleep (though no one’s got a clue what about)…

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And here’s a 3D scan of a 29 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

We hope you don’t have an oh-so-funny relative who thinks it’s jokes to crack, ‘Thar she blows!’ every time he sets eyes on you and your bump. But, actually, you do feel a bit like a whale. A big bloated one. With extra bloat.

And it’s all because that baby of yours is crowding you out – of stomach space (making you feel uncomfortable after eating), as well as ‘bottom’ space (slowing down the passage of poo through your rectum).

However much you want to slump on the sofa, always sit up Victorian-lady-straight when you eat (to avoid squishing your stomach even more), drink vats of peppermint tea and chant, ‘This too will pass’ at moments of super-bloat despair.

Our MFMer’s 29-week bump of the week

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Are you keeping track of your bump with weekly pics? Check out other MFMers’ belfies in our 29 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of… 2 Battenbergs

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This week, your baby measures 38.6cm from head to heel, the same as 2 Battenberg cakes end to end.

And is around the weight of… a bottle of wine

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Your baby now weighs around 2lb 6oz (1.1kg)!

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMers’ tip of the week from our forum

“If your baby’s not moving much, try eating or drinking, or tap your bump gently and see if that gets a response. If you’re still concerned, go and get checked out – to stop you worrying if nothing else. I did this the week before last. Mind you, the minute they put the monitor on, he woke up and kicked like crazy!” – esspee

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you? There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Got a breast pump yet?

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Oooh, let’s face it, breast pumps are an intensely personal purchase. We do not want to feel like a milking machine, but boy, the gentle pulling, the pumping noise, the squirty milk… So let’s think instead about how amazing this little machine is.

Manual or electric, single or double; whatever your needs, there’s a breast pump out there with your name on it – probably right next to the brand logo. Who said milk maids weren’t sexy?

Our preg recipe for week 29 – Butternut squash salad

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Why butternut squash is great for your growing baby

It may look at bit like an outsize, beige pear but the butternut squash is anything but pear-shaped on the pregnancy-nutrition front. It scores baby-growing-friendly points for containing vitamin C, magnesium, folic acid, iron, manganese, calcium and potassium.

And it’s full of betacarotene, which your body will convert to vitamin A to help build your baby strong lungs and healthy eyes.

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these colourful names?

Add a splash of colour to your baby’s name with these vibrant suggestions. Do either of them appeal?

Fuchsia or Fuschia
A fuchsia is a pink and purple evening primrose. As well as being floral, Fuchsia is also used to describe a very intense pink colour. An unusually vivid name.
Celeb baby-name-check: Sting named his 1st daughter Fuschia.

Blue
This tranquil name evokes deep blue oceans. The unisex moniker could also bring extra colour as a middle name.
Celeb baby-name-check: Cher named her 2nd son Elijah Blue.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Baby Names section for lots more ideas.

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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