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Week 29


Pregnancy week by week


At 29 weeks, your baby is about the size of an aubergine

What happens when you are 29 weeks pregnant?

Your Baby

Your baby's head, body and limbs are now much more in proportion to each other and she is really starting to look like a tiny newborn. Her irises are now starting to dilate and react to light.

Mum and Dad

Many working mums decide to start their maternity leave around now. In the UK all women are entitled to take 26 weeks of maternity leave, and those who have worked continuously for their current employer can take an additional 26 weeks, which is usually unpaid. Statutory maternity pay is worth 90% of your earnings for the first 6 weeks, followed by 20 weeks at £102.80 (or 90% of your earnings for the full 26 weeks, whichever figure is lower). Dads or partners may also be entitled to paternity leave and pay.

Stay Healthy

It's quite common for pregnant women to develop haemorrhoids (piles) during pregnancy. These are swollen veins around your back passage that can feel itchy or sore. Constipation can make haemorrhoids worse so avoid it by eating plenty of foods that are high in fibre, like wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables, drinking lots of water and getting regular gentle exercise.