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Quick notes:

  • What to expect from your body

  • What your baby is doing

  • How to prepare for your baby

What 28 weeks pregnant feels like

Twenty-eight weeks! You’re almost to the finish line with your little bundle of joy. You’re probably feeling excited and apprehensive about your new addition, which is normal.

You should feel very proud of yourself for making it successfully to your seventh month of pregnancy. Your little upcoming arrival is making progress daily now, and she or he weighs over two pounds and has grown more than a foot long.

 “A mother does not become pregnant in order to provide employment to medical people. Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males. It is a woman’s crowning creative experience of a lifetime.”

– John Stevenson

Unfortunately, this part of your pregnancy may be getting more uncomfortable. Some women suffer from backaches, sciatica, and tingling or shooting pains down the backs of their legs.

Unhappily, these are all common problems in late pregnancy. Some women also have difficulties with sensitive skin, sun-sensitivity, food intolerances, and a hyper-awareness or poor tolerance to things like heat, detergents, and/or chlorine.

Tried and true third trimester remedies

Regrettably, 28-week pregnancy symptoms don’t stop there. Commonly, women in this late stage of pregnancy also frequently experience gas and bloating, dizziness or feeling faint, SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) that causes pelvic pain, stuffy noses, bleeding gums, and/or melasma.

Remember to rest, use heating pads for discomfort or a warm bath, do stretches, and use lotions or calamine lotion on your sensitive 28-week pregnant belly or itchy skin. / Unsplash

Remember to stay away from dyes and perfumes in your detergents and hygiene products to avoid an adverse reaction, and keep track of foods that bother you. You may also want to consider eating five or six small meals per day, rather than three large ones, to relieve gas and bloating.

Be sure to monitor your water intake, because not drinking enough can contribute to dizziness. If SPD is causing your suffering, ask your doctor about a pelvic support belt to add stability to your pelvis.

What is my baby doing?

Try nasal strips at night for stuffiness, and brush your teeth and tongue regularly to reduce bacterial populations in your mouth. To reduce the appearance of melasma or hyperpigmentation of your skin, stay out of the sun and apply sunscreen when you cannot.

Fortunately, your darkened skin will return to its standard color shortly after giving birth. Keep in mind that experiencing breast lumpiness or tenderness is also common around the 28th week of pregnancy.

Around the 28th week in your pregnancy, you’ll be happy to know that your baby is busy getting into the correct position to prepare for birth. She or he is also practicing sucking, blinking, making faces, coughing, and breathing.

It is also speculated that babies in utero begin dreaming around the 28th week of pregnancy since they start to experience the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. During the third trimester, your baby’s brain will triple in weight!

“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”

– Harriette Hartigan

How to prepare

During this last trimester, you’ll want to make sure to prepare for your baby’s arrival. If you’re having a boy, talk about whether or not you wish to have him circumcised.

Think about childcare and your work plans after your baby is born. Consider a childbirth class. Find out your Rh (rhesus) status.

Your baby also needs extra iron after 28 weeks of gestation, so modify your diet to include dark, leafy greens, beans, and meats rich in iron.

The third trimester is the time to solidify your breast or bottle-feeding plans and buy the necessary equipment. Perhaps choose your baby’s name and a pediatrician.

This is an exciting time for you and your family. Make sure you dedicate quality time to your partner and children during this stage, because you may not have the time in the future.

It is recommended that you prepare in every way during your pregnancy to reduce jitters before your precious treasure arrives.

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Tips for your second pregnancy I Parenting 101

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