Pregnancy Calendar – Week 28
Pregnancy is a long and exciting journey, which is an amazing time to get to know your baby. Each week of pregnancy has its joys and some challenges that you need to suspect and take into account for mother and baby’s health.
What happens to your baby?
By this week your baby will weigh around 2 kilos and measure at 34 centimetres long, very close to the measurements of a baby at full term. Her lungs are maturing faster, that’s why she sucks and swallows more amniotic fluid. Her bones harden and will gain strength, her eyes are developed enough to open and close them.
What happens to your body?
It is normal to have frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, that means the uterus is contracting and stretching, with no rhythm. So, it’s important to rest as much as possible and if they become painful, it is recommned to change position or drink warm fluids. The skin on your belly will be quite stretched by this week and it’s common to feel it slightly itchy, if this happens feel free to apply any lotion or oil.
It is important to take good care of your pregnant self
- Drink a lot of water: It’s important to drink water to keep you both hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, 8 – 10 glasses daily, including herbal tea, low sugar juices.
- Exercise: Ask your doctor to prescribe some exercises for you, large, aerobics, swimming, walking, prenatal yoga, are some of the safest and recommended forms of exercise during this stage.
- Sleep: Sleeping enough will help you have the energy you need, try to sleep up to 8 hours a day.
- Eat healthy: Eating healthy and nutrient-rich foods could ensure you and your baby to have a happy and safe pregnancy.
In conclusion, understanding your baby’s and yours developing is key to keeping healthy during this 28 week of pregnancy. Keep in mind that each trimester may present new changes and different stages, so talk to your doctor all the changes and doubts you have.