28th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes


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Sweet Dreams Baby. Oh! That was not meant for you mommy; it was for your little baby. According to experts, babies begin to dream during week 28. The rapid eye movement during their sleeping hours indicates that babies dream when they are in the womb.

What wouldn’t you give to know just exactly what your baby is dreaming. Your dreams are based on your experiences, so what could possibly happen in your baby’s dream? May be science will come up with an answer for you curious mommies in future.

There are different calculations regarding when your third trimester begins. By week 28, you are in your final trimester by every account, hence you can say this is the beginning of the end; an end with a beautiful bounty in your arms.

You have to realize that your bundle of joy is also a big bundle of responsibility. It is not just about taking care of your baby for a year or two, but a lifelong learning and teaching process. Rose Kennedy, a renowned American philanthropist and soci

alite put it well when she said, “When you hold your baby in your arms the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity”.

28 Weeks Pregnant – Changes In Your Body:

As you enter your third trimester, you will be required to visit your healthcare provider more often. Generally, your appointments will be scheduled once every 15 days.

  • Your mind will be easy target for fears, doubts and insecurities. Do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call the concerned person to clear away your clouded mind. You don’t have to wait for your appointment to discuss something with your healthcare provider. They should be available to you over phone to help and guide you through this last phase of pregnancy.
  • As you inch towards your delivery date, your uterus likewise slowly inches above your belly button. It lies about 3 ½ inches above your belly button and can be felt very easily.
  • Constipation will be your companion from now on, since your uterus is exerting pressure on your colon. This may give rise to fissures and hemorrhoids. Include plenty of fiber in your diet to prevent the situation from getting worse. In addition, increase your fluid intake, even if it means more trips to the loo.

[ Read: Fiber Rich Foods During Pregnancy ]

  • The uterus also increases heartburn as it has risen above your belly button and is exerting pressure on your stomach as well. This interferes with your digestion which may lead to acidity and heartburn.
  • If you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night, it is not unusual. Most moms-to-be suffer from sleeplessness (insomnia) during this stage of pregnancy. The best way to tackle this problem would be to do something very boring and less noisy to fall asleep again. It is OK if you feel like catching up with the lost sleep during the day.
  • Pressure on your rectum and sluggish digestive system may lead to gas and bloating in your tummy. Eating 6 smaller meals a day would help a great deal.

[ Read: Gas During Pregnancy ]

  • The high level of progesterone and estrogen in your blood may cause stuffy nose by increasing blood circulation to your mucous membrane.
  • Your heart and circulatory system will continue to function overtime as your body keeps on producing more blood than normal so that it can provide enough oxygen and nutrients to your baby.
  • It would be OK if you put together your hospital bag and keep it ready now in case you may need it. You need not wait till later when the D-Day is quite close by. This would help in case you have to go earlier than your due date for delivery.

What Is Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction?

Though the term Symphysis Pubic may sound scary to people who are hearing it for the first time, it is nothing but a term used for your pelvic joint.

  • During pregnancy, a hormone named relaxin causes the ligaments meant to keep your pelvic bone aligned, to become relaxed and loose. This causes instability in the pelvic joint which may lead to strange sensations in the area, including pain.
  • You may have trouble walking, standing, or rolling over in bed, because, when one side of the joints moves more than the other, the imbalance caused can really be painful.
  • If the pain becomes unbearable, consult your healthcare provider who may recommend pelvic support belt or some exercises for you.

[ Read: Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy ]