Twenty-Four to Twenty-Eight Weeks Pregnant
You are coming to the end of the Second Trimester. Almost two-thirds of the way through your pregnancy!
How you might feel between Twenty-Four and Twenty-Eight Weeks of pregnancy:
- The hormones of pregnancy soften everything up, your ligaments as well as your emotions. You may find that you are much more tender-hearted. You may feel weepier and more sensitive to negative events in your life. But you may also find that you feel much more loving and attached to your partner and your baby.
- The softness in your joints may lead to increasing clumsiness. You may find yourself bumping into things as your tummy grows, and your extra weight shift you off balance.
- Loosening ligaments may also cause you to experience a sharp pain in the middle of your pubic bone when you get in or out of bed, or the car, or when you are walking or rolling over. This may be Pelvic Girdle Pain or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. Mention it to your care-provider. Keep your knees together when rolling over or getting out of bed or the car. Sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs. Things that may help: warm bath. ice pack on pubis, acupuncture, physiotherapy.
Things you may do between Twenty-Four and Twenty-Eight Weeks of pregnancy:
- You might want to start learning about diapers. Cloth? Trial rental kits? Disposables? Diaper services? Elimination Communication? It’s a whole new world!
- While you are getting into the gear – learn about car seats. Check out the Vancouver Island Car Seat Techs. A great group of experts.
- Think about a baby shower. Do you want one? Who will host it? How do you want it? A traditional “shower of gifts”? Girls only? Will you sign up for a gift registry? Where? Would you prefer a blessingway? Would you like to request something in particular – like casseroles for the freezer, or money for a doula?
Between Twenty-Four and Twenty-Eight Weeks of pregnancy, your care-provider will probably:
- be seeing you every four weeks at this stage
- weigh you at each visit and discuss healthy weight gain
- check your urine for protein and infection
- palpate and measure your abdomen
- listen to the baby’s heart beat using a hand held Doppler ultrasound device
- offer you RhoGAM at 28 weeks if your blood is rhesus negative
- offer screening for gestational diabetes
Your care provider is one of your best sources of information. Keep a list of questions to ask at your monthly appointments.
Things you can do for your health and your baby’s health:
- Rub your tummy with coconut oil or a lovely-smelling lotion to relieve the itchiness caused the the stretching of your skin. Lotions of oils can feel nice, but they will not prevent stretch marks. Some kinds of skin just get them. It’s a genetic tendency. There are no miracle cures. Gaining weight more slowly and gradually may help lessen the effect. Remember, the marks start out purplish, but will fade with time to be much less noticeable.
- Take care of your legs before bedtime to prevent cramps in your calves at night. Stay hydrated, warm legs up before bed with a bath or heating pad, do stretches and ankle circles, massage calf muscles. If you get a cramp anyway, flex your foot in response, breathe out, stand up and walk around. Ask your care-provider about taking extra calcium and magnesium. If your leg is swollen, please tell your care-provider. It could be a blood clot.
- Focus on sources of iron in your diet: red meat, eggs, leafy greens, legumes, beans and nuts. Remember that combining iron-rich foods with vitamin C helps absorption.
- Keep up with regular physical activity. Prenatal yoga or exercise classes will take the needs of your growing and changing body into account. And they are a great place to meet other pregnant women.
Leg Cramps: HealthLink BC
Symptoms in Third Trimester: Health Families BC
Stretch Marks: www.nhs.uk