How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 28
By week 28th, your baby is almost completely ready! Yay! All you need now is to wait for her/his lungs to mature and for the skin to get a bit more fat underneath. Your baby is now about 38 cms long and weighs approximately 900 grams.
Signs and Symptoms
As your pregnancy progresses week by week, you might find it difficult to get a good night’s rest with your baby kicking actively.
It is also quite possible that the feeling of frequent urination is back and you might need to visit the bathroom often.
Your breasts might start leaking colostrum, a whitish substance. However, the presence or absence of colostrum during pregnancy does not indicate the quantum of breastmilk that you will produce after delivery.
From this week on, you will be visiting your doctor every two weeks. Most hospitals ask you to take blood tests for diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis to prevent cross infection at the time of birth.
If your blood group is Rh negative, your doctor might recommend an antibody check and you might even get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin. This is to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood.
Your baby will be tested at birth if s/he is Rh positive, then you might need another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after delivery.
If you have been asked not to exercise rigorously, try yoga. Prenatal yoga is said to be extremely effective while being soft on the joints. A qualified yoga instructor could suggest appropriate exercises depending on the trimester that you are in.
Your vivid dreams continue and some of them might be scary. Do not worry, this is just your body gearing up for upcoming changes. Indulge yourself in a prenatal massage every few days to help you relax and sleep better.
Alert your doctor if you notice persistent and excessive swelling in the feet, hands and face or high blood pressure. It could be an early warning sign of preeclampsia which is a dangerous condition that affects many organs. Preeclampsia could even cause placental abruption, which could mean losing the baby. About 5 percent of pregnant women suffer from preeclampsia.
Old Wives’ Tales
You might probably be told to sit up before changing sides while sleeping, instead of just turning over while lying down. It is said that turning over while lying down could cause the umbilical cord to get around your baby’s neck.
This is purely a myth. You can turn all you want while lying down. Imagine how annoying it is to sit up every time you want to turn!
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