WEEK 29: Eyes wide open
Your baby’s little eyes will open – though they can’t see much as the womb is dark and their retinas develop later. You may get water retention – see how you can ease the discomfort.

29 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

At a glance

Your baby’s eyes are now open, but the retinas haven’t formed properly yet

Your hands, legs and feet may feel swollen from water retention


Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in iron to maintain healthy red blood cells

For varicose veins, wear compression stockings and put your feet up as much as possible

The eyes are now open, but the retinas haven’t formed properly yet. However baby’s lovely long eyelashes are already in place!

Baby's development at 29 weeks

Your not-so-little one is taking up more and more space in your tummy, so there isn’t much room to move around anymore. Good thing there’s a change of habitation coming soon!

The eyes are now open, but the retinas haven’t formed properly yet. However baby’s lovely long eyelashes are already in place! Your baby’s vision will mature enough in the next few weeks to notice changes in light through the lining of your stomach. At birth, your little one won’t have perfect sight, but it should be able to see well enough to distinguish your face and see objects about 50 cm away.

Your body

Having trouble getting your shoes on? Or are your rings feeling a bit tight?

This is due to water retention. Because there are so many extra fluids circulating in your body at the moment, it can accumulate in your hands, legs and feet. This usually happens in the evening, especially if you’ve been on your feet all day.

Normally the swelling disappears again overnight. However, if the swelling remains or increases suddenly, please inform your GP so the possibility of pre-eclampsia can be ruled out.

For more information about pre-eclampsia, click here.


Your blood volume has increased by about 1½ litres since the beginning of your pregnancy. This is to make sure enough blood flows to the placenta.

However, while plasma volume increases by about 50%, red blood cells only increase by around 30%. This means you might develop anaemia. It’s quite normal during pregnancy and nothing to worry about.

Drinking plenty of water to replenish your total blood volume, and eating foods rich in iron to promote the production of red blood cells can help prevent it.

However if you have any questions or concerns about anaemia, speak to your GP or midwife.

Pregnancy tips

If you’re working, it won’t be for much longer, as you can take maternity leave from 29 weeks until your due date.

If your legs feel sore or you think you might be developing varicose veins, don’t be alarmed. It's a possibility, especially if these things run in your family.

Varicose veins can be caused by the natural increase in blood volume during pregnancy, as well as hormonal changes. Wearing compression stockings can ease the pain. Putting your feet up as often as possible can help too. Finally, try and go for a brisk walk every day.

However, if the pain gets worse, talk to your GP or midwife.

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