Wow. 28 weeks – so close!!
Welcome to the third trimester! Moms-to-be who are at 28 weeks and beyond are known for their lack of sleep. Remember if you find yourself up in the middle of the night, do something relaxing. This is not the time to vacuum the house from top to bottom — even though you might feel the urge to do that at some point. Read a book, drink chamomile tea, listen to soothing music. Then try to get back to bed and get some rest! Being in the third trimester also means much of your and baby’s anatomy are ready to go — she’s prepping for breathing, and your breasts already have colostrum, which is what baby will eat the first few days until your milk comes in. You’ll also start feeling more Braxton Hicks contractions as your body gets ready for labor. Baby will keep getting bigger — and smarter — after week 28, and other than that, she just needs a few more finishing touches.
- She’s starting to develop more fat, so her wrinkly skin will start to get smoother.
- Her lungs are mature enough that she’d probably survive if she was born now. Wow!
- Trouble sleeping. As you get closer to your due date, you’ll likely have more and more trouble with this. It could be hormones or nerves — or both!
- Shortness of breath, as baby continues to crowd your lungs.
- Aches and pains — the third trimester can be really uncomfortable due to hormone fluctuations and the toll on your body.
- Braxton Hicks contractions — these might be getting stronger or more frequent as your bod gets ready for labor.
- Leaky boobs. Your breasts may already be producing baby’s first food, a yellowish substance called colostrum.