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29 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 29 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a large butternut squash (length: 15-16”; weight: 1.2kg).

Temperature control. Your baby's brain has matured to the point where it can help regulate body temperature. By the time he or she is born, that tiny body will have hundreds of billions of nerve cells. That may seem like a lot, but baby won't produce any more after birth.

Puttin' on padding. Your baby is looking more and more like a full-term baby. The skin’s surface is smoother and paler because of the continuing weight gain. This fat will help keep your little one warm.

Measuring up. Despite the increase in fat, only about two to three percent of baby’s almost-three pounds is made up of fat. Crown to rump, baby measures 10.4 inches, but if stretched out, this distance would be just over 16 inches.

Your pregnancy at 29 weeks

Third-trimester complaint. Leg cramps are a common complaint during pregnancy, but experts aren't sure exactly what causes them. Some say it's the added weight on your legs, while others think the pain may signal a calcium or potassium deficiency. These cramps may also be the result of the pressure of your uterus on the nerves running to the legs.

Coping with leg cramps. If you do get a cramp, gently stretch your leg, flexing your foot and pulling your toes back toward you. Stretching throughout the day and just before you go to bed may help too. Make sure you load up on calcium and potassium-rich foods.

Did you know? It’s getting crowded in there! Baby is now large enough to fill most of the uterus. With about 10 weeks to go, 96 percent of babies will begin to settle into a head-first position. Because there is less space now, you’ll be feeling lots of kicks and jabs from elbows and knees.

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