What to Expect when You’re 28 Weeks Pregnant
Congratulations! You’re now in the final trimester of your pregnancy! Your baby now weighs approximately two and a quarter pounds and measures around fifteen inches long. He or she is busy learning lots of important skills for when they arrive – blinking, coughing, hiccuping and breathing.
At the same time, your baby will be shifting into position for birth – he or she will now be positioned lower in your womb and will be curled into a fetal position.
Common Symptoms at 28 Weeks Pregnant
Up until now, you’ve been measuring the changes in your pregnancy month by month or week to week. But now you’ll be able to see differences almost daily. Common symptoms of a pregnancy in the 28th week can include insomnia, swelling of the hands and feet and dizziness or faintness.
A new symptom this week could be sciatica – a tingling or shooting pain that starts in your buttock and shoots down the leg. This is the result of the baby settling into the birth position and putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do about it.
If these are the symptoms of first pregnancy for you, they can seem a little scary but they are all perfectly normal. As long as you have plenty of info on pregnancy, know the risks to look out for, and communicate regularly with your partner and midwife, you should be fine. Minimizing stress is really important for you and your baby, so try and relax as much as possible.
To Do List
Do something nice for yourself! It’s really easy to get a bit low at this stage – your body has been changing incredibly fast, both physically and chemically, and you look totally different from your usual self. Plus, some signs of pregnancy can be painful, uncomfortable and tiring – that in itself is enough to get you down. Don’t forget about seeing your friends and doing the things you love – you’re still you!
Don’t forget about romance! Put on some sexy maternity clothes and head out for an intimate dinner date with your partner – it’ll make a world of difference to your mood!
Buy a really comfortable pair of shoes! Custom made maternity shoes can be hard to find but all you really need is a flat, yet cushioned, sole and soft outers. If you have pregnancy edema the swelling in your feet can mean they’re different sizes day to day so something flexible is essential.
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