Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 28

You are close to the end of your second trimester and there is just one more week left for the third trimester. By now, your doctor will start to show fetal movement charts to you. Some babies happen to be in the breech position; at around week 36 of pregnancy, while most babies take head-down position and will be born head first. However, in some cases, the baby will still remain in the bottom-down position even when labor starts, which is called breech position. If your baby is currently in this position, she has plenty of time to turn around until she is born. So, there is nothing for you to be concerned about this at this stage of your pregnancy. If your blood tests for Rh have diagnosed you with Rh negative, then your doctor will give you an anti-D injection this week, and once more during week 36.

Your body
As you are growing bigger, you would be able to notice that you're running short of breath and finding it hard to breathe most of the time. This is experienced by almost all pregnant women at this stage, as your expanding uterus will apply pressure on your diaphragm. If you are pregnant with more than one baby, then you are most likely to face this problem.

You can also start to count the number of kicks you feel by your baby. While doctors or midwives usually ask some pregnant women to make this count, you can also start counting by yourself in order to know that your baby is perfectly healthy.
Until this week, you would have had appointments with your doctor every four weeks for checkups. From this week onwards, your checkups will be more frequent, once in two weeks, until week 36 of your pregnancy, and once a week thereafter.

During your doctor’s appointment this week, you will be asked about the various pregnancy symptoms you feel, especially about the swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles, in order to avert pre-eclampsia. Some of you may experience quite an unpleasant sensation in the lower part of your legs, causing a compelling urge to move them, especially when you are trying to sleep or relax. This is referred to as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), which is common in pregnancy. You can try  massaging or stretching your legs and reduce the intake of caffeine, because it has the ability to make this condition worse. 

If you have colostrum leakage in your bra, you can try using breast pads. However, if you're not experiencing colostrum leakage there is nothing to worry about, because some pregnant women get it only after they give birth. You can have a milkshake or eat a banana, if you feel that your energy level is decreasing.

Your baby
Your baby now weighs more than two pounds and measures about 14.8 inches. If you are having twins or multiple babies, then their growth or development will usually slow down in these couple of weeks, as the space in your womb will be limited. However, they will still continue to move around in your womb. 

After week 32 of your pregnancy, the level of amniotic fluid in your womb will stop changing, until full term, after which it will start to reduce. Your baby’s hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes are now growing thicker and longer. She is now practicing breathing and amniotic fluid will fill her lungs during this time. In addition, your baby's breathing is now beginning to mirror her sleeping and waking patterns. 

As your appointments with your doctor will become more frequent now, it will be good that you start writing down your queries and doubts and get as much information as possible from your practitioner, to be completely aware of the status of you and your baby.

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