28 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Third trimester

Welcome to the third trimester and your 28 week of pregnancy! By this time, you would probably be meeting with your doctor every two weeks or so because constant monitoring is now a necessity.

How’s the baby coming on?

Development in the baby

  • Your baby will be blinking fairly often during this week, and will respond to changes from dark to light.
  • Their bone marrows are now beginning to produce red blood cells.

  • Their adrenal glands are starting to produce androgen and estrogen. These hormones stimulate the mother’s hormones into producing milk.
  • Muscle tone is improving, and your baby is gaining a lot of weight (weighing in at a whopping 1 kilogram), with about 3% of body fat.

If born on the seventh month, your baby has a 90% chance of survival with appropriate medical attention, which is bound to be good news for everyone.

Changes inside the Mommy

Test for gestational diabetes

Your uterus is now around 3 inches above your navel, and your average weight gain is from 17 to 24 pounds during this week. This may sound a lot to the lay man, but it is quite normal during this time of your pregnancy so there is no need to worry. You should have a glucose tolerance test taken for gestational diabetes, which is caused by the hormones your body produces during pregnancy. These hormones could cause your blood sugar to rise dangerously, which could increase the risk of complications. Monitoring the sugar levels is therefore of paramount importance.

Doctor’s appointment

As mentioned earlier, you will need to have a doctor’s appointment every two weeks until the 36th week, after which you’ll need a weekly appointment. Your doctor will check your weight and blood pressure, and check your urine for signs of infection, protein and sugar. In case there are any complications evidently arising during this period, including pre-eclampsia, placenta previa and pregnancy-induced hypertension, you might need to visit the doctor more often. Remember it’s all for the baby’s sake, so negligence is not an option.

Daddy needs to?

Be sure to join your partner in her doctor’s appointment as often as possible, and don’t be shy to ask if you have any questions. Open discussion is often the key to good guidance and training for the time ahead. If necessary, list down all the things that are bothering you so that you can get the answers from your doctor. Make sure not to hesitate. Again, it’s all for the baby!

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