28 weeks pregnant
Your baby is growing really fast and you can gain around pound a week. The simplest activities have become difficult, even choosing a comfortable position for sleeping seems to be a challenge. Anyway, it may be a good idea to spend this time as well as possible doing your favourite things such as reading, walking or any other activities. When your child is born, there wouldn't be time for that!
During this week your baby's hair and nails are still growing. Some newborn babies have hair, some not. It is an individual matter. Sometimes hair may be lost a few weeks after birth. Hair might also change the colour.
At this stage girls' genitals are developed completely, in turn boys' testicles have descended into scrotum. But it may happen after birth, too.
This period is extremely important for the brain development. From this moment the cerebral cortex begins to be folded. Research show that at this level a child can dream. Research show that the REM (rapid eye movement) is observed. The stage of sleep is characterized by the random and rapid movement of eyes.
Your baby reacts to different stimuli from outside perceived by ears and eyes. When you touch your belly it is one more stimulus. Moreover, you can observe such reflexes as sucking.
Guidelines for Mother
From now, you will probably have the Braxton-Hicks contractions more frequently. It's a preparation for the delivery. It would be useful to attend a school of birth, especially if you are pregnant for the first time.
Your belly is getting more and more bigger and you are likely to have many problems with choosing appropriate position to sleep. When you are exhausted, you experience mood swings. It is hard not only for you but also for your close family and friends. Perhaps you should talk to them about your condition. It allows to avoid many unnecessary misunderstandings.
One thing which will be probably something totally new for you is the appearance of the colostrum (also called beestings). This is a form of milk produced by mammals in the late pregnancy. Colostrum contains antibodies thanks to which the newborn is protected against diseases. This milk is lower in fat and higher in protein than ordinary milk.