28 Weeks!

28 Weeks!

Here is what is going on this week according to Baby Center:

By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How your life’s changing:

You’re in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

At this point, you’ll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you’ll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven’t yet had follow-up testing, you’ll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test.

 And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you’re Rh negative, you’ll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you’ll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant “creepy-crawly” sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what’s known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it’s relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

How far along?  28 weeks
Total weight gain:  16 lbs. So frustrated! I am still only up .5 lbs from last week. Ugh…still not enough weight gain (doc said I should be gaining at least 1 lb per week). Maybe I need to be drinking 2 protein shakes per day? I want to make sure that if the baby needs to be taken early, as they are expecting, that she has some weight on her. Anyone have any good ideas or ways to put on a healthy steady weight gain?
Maternity clothes? I am loving how comfortable maternity is (especially maternity jeans) but still wearing lots of normal clothes, like sundresses, as well.
Stretch marks?  Nope.
Sleep:  Had a few sleepless nights this week, but overall have been sleeping really well.
Best moment this week: Cross our fingers…we may have decided on a name!!!
Miss Anything? Nope!
Movement:  Lots of strong almost startling movements this week. A few of her kicks (to the bladder or ribs) have actually made me jump.
Food cravings:  I still can’t get enough fruit and milk! And the new craving this week…crushed ice!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Gender prediction: It’s a girl!
Labor Signs:  Thankfully, no! 
Symptoms: Round ligament pain, spider veins, varicose veins, a little ankle/foot swelling in the evenings, shortness of breath.
Belly Button in or out?  In…but getting flatter 🙂   
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy (but feeling nervous and anxious as well)!
Looking forward to: My mom is coming into town this weekend to help me finish the nursery! Hip Hip Hooray! Also, looking forward to and nervous about my next apt with the perinatologist on the 27th. He is going to check on the Vasa Previa and let me know what the next course of action will be. Bed Rest? Steroid shots for lung development? Early C-section at 32-36 wks. I have SO many questions for him!

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2 thoughts on “28 Weeks!

  1. I have heard that craving ice can mean you are low in iron…so keep an eye on that. As far as gaining weight, I would just up your protein intake along with foods that are high in “good” fats like avocados and nuts. Maybe?

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