Week 28


Your baby is about 16 inches long and weighs 3-1/2 to 4 pounds!

 Your Changing Body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Heartburn: Some mothers experience frequent heartburn due to the pressure of the growing uterus against the stomach.
  • The fundus (the top of the uterus), is now about one-third of the distance between the belly button and the sternum.
  • Constipation: may occur due to uterine pressure on the lower colon, and the hormonal slowing of peristalsis (the process of excreting waste).
  • Fatigue: You may start to feel just as tired as you were during the early weeks of your pregnancy :( This is due to uterine growth combined with increased maternal weight gain.
  • Breasts: Your breasts begin to prepare for lactation. You may notice a conciderable amount of breast growth this month! First colostrum, then milk is produced by tiny sacs deep within the breast tissue.

 

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Your Growing Baby

  • Your baby is about 16 inches long and weighs 3 1/2 to 4 pounds.
  • The baby's eyes are open.
  • Fine downy hair, called lanugo, and a waxy white protective substance called vernix covers your baby's skin.
  • Eyebrows and eyelashes are now very noticeable!
  • Hair on baby's head is growing longer. Some babies are born with almost none at all, while others appear to be ready for their first haircut!
  • The baby sucks its thumb and its taste buds have developed.
  • Your baby's body is getting plump and rounded. Most of that increase is muscle tissue and bone. Fat will be added during the third trimester.
  • The baby kicks, stretches, and moves frequently in the uterus!

  • The baby's organs and systems are almost completely developed.

  • If born now, your baby would probably survive but would need intensive, specialized care.
  • Talk to your baby often, reading stories, singing songs and more. He or she can recognize your voice now and will often calm to it later on!