More than 50 percent of your baby’s energy is directed toward supporting this development over the next few weeks.
Mom's Tip of the Week
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Little steps can make travel better. If you have your health-care provider’s OK, travel is fine. In fact, now, when you’re past morning sickness but before your belly is at its max, can be a smart time. On flights, make sure to drink plenty of water and get up every so often to stretch your legs—think ahead and book an aisle seat. When seated, try to rotate and flex your ankles regularly to protect against swelling and clots. And remember to pack medical records and contacts, just in case.
Your Baby at 28 Weeks
What's Happening in There
- Your baby at 28 weeks is about the size of a cucumber. She is about 16 inches long from head to toe and weighs about 2 1/4 pounds.
- Her lungs are almost fully mature. If your baby was born otherwise healthy this week or after, the chances of survival without physical or neurological problems improve greatly.
- She’s mastering many real-world skills. This week, your baby is blinking her eyes. She’s also sucking, coughing, hiccupping, and taking practice breaths.
- She’s experiencing periods of deep sleep. At 28 weeks pregnant, your baby is now having REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Perhaps she’s dreaming of her mom, who is taking such good care of her.
- She might be turning upside down. Sometime in the next two months, your baby may turn to face headfirst for delivery. Most babies are born in that position.
Baby Brain Waves
Your Baby’s Brain Is Developing
Your little one’s brain is developing rapidly in this third trimester. As a matter of fact, more than 50 percent of the energy used by your baby is for brain growth over the next few weeks. So it’s important to make sure you’re continuing to get good nutrition. The amount of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) recommended by experts is 200 milligrams daily while pregnant or breast-feeding. Remember, DHA helps support brain growth and vision development.
The issue: About up to 15 percent of pregnant women worldwide develop gestational diabetes.
The solution: Understand how your doctor will check your blood sugar—and how to work together for better health (for you and your baby) if your levels are high.