Pregnancy calendar: 28th week of pregnancy
Pregnancy calendar by week. An experienced doctor tells how a child develops in the womb and what changes occur in the pregnant woman’s body. All the most important things about the 28th week of pregnancy
Changes in your body:
The next 5th visit to the obstetrician-gynecologist of the women’s consultation should take place at the 30th week of pregnancy , during which the doctor should conduct the necessary examinations and issue a sick leave in connection with the pregnancy .
Since the baby in the third semester has to grow intensively, the main concerns, inconveniences and problems will be mainly related to the big belly, the uterus.
- A large uterus supports the stomach, so this can provoke a feeling of heartburn with almost any meal. Heartburn is provoked by fried food, spicy food, a combination of meat and starch-containing foods, such as potatoes, high-grade pasta. Try to eat in smaller portions, drink warm still water before meals. Sometimes it helps to eat food straight away, do not lie down after eating, walk a little. An infusion of flax seeds can help with heartburn, some are helped by almonds soaked and cleaned from the shell.
- Again, the pressure of the uterus with the child disrupts the venous blood flow from the legs back to the woman’s heart, therefore varicose veins on the legs are possible, hence the rapid fatigue of the legs, the feeling of distention in the legs. Make sure that you have comfortable shoes so that the clothes do not press. Sleep on your side, use a pregnancy pillow, do the “cat” exercise, walk on all fours like a kitty. Swimming is useful for blood supply.
- Stagnation of blood in the pelvis can provoke the development of hemorrhoids, which in turn creates a feeling of discomfort not only while sitting or when “going to the toilet on a large scale” (defecation), but can become a constant inconvenience. Make sure that you do not have constipation, because it is not only a load on the intestines, but also unnecessary toxins that are retained in the body of a pregnant woman. Drink 2-3 glasses of plain still water in the morning before meals. Give preference to greens, fruits, berries – these products contain fiber and pectins, which are necessary for the normal functioning of the intestines. Fermented milk products, for example, yogurt, contribute to the “good” intestinal microflora. If you don’t have additional discomfort from consuming sauerkraut, then go ahead. In winter, dried fruits will help you with fiber: dried apples, pears, peaches, cream or apricots. However, try to soak them well before that, because in order to preserve dried fruits in a good marketable form, they are sometimes treated with substances that are not the same as “safe”.
Listen to your body, over time it will tell you better what to eat or not to eat, what to do or not to do to avoid heartburn or constipation.
How is the baby growing (28th week of pregnancy)?
The third trimester is interesting because your baby is practically formed and is able to communicate with you quite intensively, react to your voice, mood, and touches through the skin of the tummy. Try to read fairy tales or poems to the baby, turn on pleasant music, learn to sing lullabies. Research shows that mother’s singing is able to calm the baby’s heartbeat, which will be an especially useful way to calm the baby after birth. Also, the study of brain waves shows that your child can see dreams.
The child perceives a bright light that penetrates through the skin of the abdomen into the uterus with the child. A child squints its eyes when exposed to bright light, may even turn its head away or cover its face with its hand.
The main task of the child during this period is to gain strength and mass for independent life after birth. The structures that will be responsible for the child’s breathing are intensively maturing, because so far the child receives all the nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord from the mother.
Author: Olga Letnyanchyk, doctor