You are now 28 weeks pregnant (or in your 29th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby can now open his eyes and will turn his head towards the source of any continuous bright light. His fingernails are budding, and fat layers are beginning to form as he gets ready for life outside the womb. If you like the thought of interacting with your baby while he’s still in the womb then singing and reading to your baby is a good way to do it — but don’t worry if you feel uncomfortable — it’s not for everyone. Read more information on your baby’s development this week
How your life’s changing
There’s not long to go now. The final trimester starts this week and lasts until the end of your pregnancy — usually week 40 or beyond. Most women gain an average of 5 kg/11 lb during this time.
You’re probably vacillating between two feelings: “I’ve been pregnant forever” and “Help, I’m not ready for this.” Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Swapping experiences with other women in your prenatal class can be reassuring. If you’re having your baby in hospital, try to arrange a tour so you know what to expect. Your prenatal class may organize one or the hospital may have them in the evenings. You could also read some of our birth stories to help you prepare for the big day.
If you’re a dad, you may be beginning to worry about having to watch your partner go through childbirth and wondering how helpful you’ll be. Knowing the different stages of labour is a good place to start, then read up about labour partners to find out what you can do. Make sure you know what to expect if things don’t go as planned. Your baby may need help to be born so find out about assisted deliveries and caesarean section.
Pregnancy Tip: Sleep Easier
“Now that it’s later in my pregnancy, I find that if I sleep on either side with a pillow tucked underneath my stomach, I don’t wake up at night.” — Val