Your Pregnancy at Week 28by Your Baby Club
Have you been told off by your partner for snoring?
your baby this week:
At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is beginning its work to be in the proper position for birth. This will mean very soon that their head will be facing downwards, ready to enter the world. Now weighing in at over 1 kilo (around 1.1kg) and measuring about 38cm in length, your baby is just less than half the weight they will be at birth. The average baby in the UK weighs between 3.2kg and 3.4kg at birth and measures 51cm head to toe. Check with your midwife to see what your baby’s projected birth weight will be - you could be in for a big one!
Throughout your pregnancy, your baby will have been learning a variety of things from the real-world skills book and the latest thing on their list, is blinking. Some of the skills they will have already been working on also include breathing, coughing, and sucking. All of which will be key when they enter the world - another great sign that they are nearly ready!
At 28-weeks, you should have a midwife appointment to check how things are progressing. Your midwife will want to take a blood test to check that your iron levels are as they should be. As you are probably aware, women do lose blood during labour and birth. Should your iron levels come back as 'low', you will be prescribed iron tablets - your midwife will let you know if you need them. Being low in iron can also make you feel extra tired and quite breathless, so if you do find you are suffering with these symptoms, let your midwife or your GP know.
Have you been told off by your partner for snoring?
Another common occurrence as your nasal passages and mucous membranes in the nose become a little swollen thanks to something called 'pregnancy rhinitis', which is extremely common. All will be resolved once the baby arrives though - then they really won't get any sleep!
You may begin to experience sciatica towards the latter stages of the pregnancy, which in simpler terms is shooting pains that start around your buttocks and then down the back of one or both legs. This can also occur through a feeling of numbness or tingling instead of shooting pains.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
If you plan on using a birth plan, no matter what you're planning, you should write it out. A written birth plan, or a written statement of your and your partner's preferences for labor and delivery, may be a good idea. And bringing a copy of this plan to the hospital with you is an even better idea. It's a simple way to inform anyone you may come in to contact with of your preferences for this birth. There is no one way, or more correct way, to compose a birth plan. Dawn's may be several pages, typed, addressing every aspect of her birth requests; and Azami's may simply be a short, written paragraph, detailing her wishes.
Here are some question your birth plan might address:
Those who choose to compose a birth plan may feel an enormous release of stress and anxiety surrounding the big day. So, set aside some time to discuss your personal labor and delivery wishes with your partner and to go over the many options available together.
Take a side profile pregnancy picture and write in your pregnancy journal this week.
How will you wear your baby?
Have you taken a good look at the various slings, wraps, hybrids, and structured carriers available? Baby-wearing is a practice that has been common throughout history and provides many benefits for babies and parents. Even the dads who once refused anything other than a front or back-carrying, structured version are opening up to newer styles of baby-wearing products, because baby-wearing is a great way to soothe a fussy newborn. The closeness and gentle motion often replicate the closeness of the womb - a familiar, warm, and safe association.
Baby-wearing also grants you the use your arms, so you're still able to complete those standards household tasks if your little one needs to be held at the same time. Wearing your baby is also a wonderful way to keep your baby close and protected from germs when you are out in public. Baby-wearing can stimulate bonding, promote nursing, and relieve tired arms. So, if you are interested in baby-wearing, you have boundless options. There are many types of carriers, and many ways to hold and use each. There are groups and websites dedicated to the practice of baby-wearing, offering reviews, advice, and help for new mothers who want to learn more before purchasing anything. Talk to other parents too, and find out which they prefer, and why.
By week 28, most of your symptoms are directly related to the amount of space your little one now occupies inside of you. Here are some things you may experience this week.
- Outie bellybutton
- Larger feet
- Stretch marks, itchy or dry skin, and/or unwanted hair growth
- Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
- Braxton Hicks
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums
- Frequent nighttime wakings
- Backaches and/or leg cramps
- Crazy dreams
- Fetal activity
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