Twenty-Eight to Thirty Two Weeks Pregnant
You are officially in the Third Trimester now. The baby is bigger and movements are stronger. You may be starting to think of this baby as a separate person from you.
How you might feel between twenty-eight weeks and thirty-two weeks of pregnancy:
- The baby is bigger and movements are stronger. You may be starting to think of this baby as a separate person from you. Some mothers find that they like this feeling of always having a loved one close, inside. Some mothers start to feel a little crowded.
- Your softening ligaments and growing belly may cause sciatic pain which starts in your low back and goes down the back of one leg. Mention this to your care-provider who may recommend seeing a chiropractor or physiotherapist.
- As you body slows down, your brain may feel like ti’s slowing down too, because the higher levels of endorphins you are producing. You may experience some absentmindedness or “baby brain.” Carry a notebook, make a to-do list.
- Heartburn may become more severe. Small meals, pineapple, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut are some remedies women have tried. Ask your care provider about what antacids you an safely use.
Things you may do between twenty-eight weeks and thirty-two weeks of pregnancy:
- This is when you may start to attend childbirth classes. Make sure you talk to the other parents and make connections. This is the beginning of creating your group of mommy-friends.
- You are probably thinking about getting your home ready for baby. Setting up the nursery, shopping, gathering hand-me-downs.
- Where will your baby sleep? Have you thought about room-sharing? Bed-sharing? Bassinet? Crib?
- Get your pets ready for baby. If you have not done obedience training, it miht be time. Expose them to other babies, decide where they will sleep when baby comes, take them to the vet for a check-up.
Between twenty-eight weeks and thirty-two weeks of pregnancy, your care-provider will probably:
- Be seeing you every two-three weeks at this stage.
- Weigh you at each visit and discuss healthy weight gain.
- Check your blood pressure.
- 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.
- Discuss your emotional health and adaptation to your pregnancy.
- Discuss postpartum depression and preparations for postpartum support.
- Review test results.
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:
- Arrange to have a dental checkup – it will be more difficult to find time after baby comes and healthy teeth mean healthy mom.
- Make sure you include lots of fiber in your diet to help with constipation, which gets worse as pregnancy continues.
- Take an evening walk after supper. It can help with morning blood-sugar levels.
- Essential fatty acids (Omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil) can help with depression and general health. Ask you care provider whether they are appropriate for you.
- Start attending your childbirth preparation classes (prenatal classes).
- Consider taking Baby Care classes.
Depression in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: Here to Help BC
Eating Fish in Pregnancy: Health Canada
Dental Care in pregnancy: HealthLink BC
Pets and Babies: HealthLinkBC
Childbirth Classes: Mothering Touch
Baby Care Classes: Parenting the Newborn