The Final Chapters: 28-Weeks

7:00 AM: 3-Mile Run + .2-walk – COMPLETED

And just like that, we enter the third and final trimester of pregnancy. We’re 12-weeks closer to being parents. I’m going to be a mommy and P is going to be a papa. How crazy does that sound? Every night, we lay on the couch and talk about how so excited we’re both for baby to get here, but only when he/she is well and ready. We know baby’s still cooking. Lately, Pedro’s been saying how this kid is going to be around such funny parents. I think that’s one of the strongest traits we have in common. We’re both full of comedy. I think it’s so important to laugh often in a relationship.

So here’s what’s going in Week 28 according to Baby Center.

How your baby’s growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How your life’s changing:

You’re in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

At this point, you’ll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you’ll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven’t yet had follow-up testing, you’ll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you’re Rh negative, you’ll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby’s blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you’ll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant “creepy-crawly” sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what’s known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it’s relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

Today, I have my last four-week appointment and then I’ll be scheduling appointments every two-weeks. According to my home scale, I’ve gained 3-lbs since the last time I saw my doctor (4-weeks ago), so we’ll see how much I’ve gained when I step on her scale. If I calculate correctly, it’ll be a 10-lb. gain thus far.

Here’s my 28-week Bump Shot:

The last two weeks have been great. The baby’s been kicking consistently and more often. My energy level has still been pretty strong. I did have one leg cramp so far and hoping not too many more will occur. I can still see my feet… okay, my toes.

Hey, I can still tie my running laces, so that’s good news. I have a few questions to ask my OB… Her thoughts one whether I should sign up for lamaze and if she has any major concerns on me running my half marathon this coming Sunday. I didn’t get a long run in because I resting my calf from that painful cramp I suffered on Friday morning. So I’d like to get her take on it. And finally, registration for the day I deliver… I’m such a slacker. I need to get things moving.

Did you sign for lamaze class? Did you find it helpful? Help a pregnant woman out please.


6 thoughts on “The Final Chapters: 28-Weeks

  1. We did a class, it covered a wide range of subjects though. The most helpful part was the nursing class actually. Also I did think the brathing was helpful too. Are you planning to nurse? If I am guessign your hospital sell the Medela nursing pumps. They are awesome and you should jsut get one from the start. They will likely jsut add to your hospital bill and insurance will cover it. Anyway, if you are nursing you need it. Don’t even mess around with the hand pump.

    So yes, I think the class is time well spent.

    • Thanks for your input, D. I just registered for Mindful Pregnancy classes (there are three sessions), so P and I are going to attend those classes. My boss recommended to me that I take a breastfeeding class, so I just looked online and saw that they offer one the day before I take one of those classes.

      Okay, I’m going to take off the hand pump on my registry. I do intend to breastfeed for as long as I can — I heard the Medela ones are great. But wow, are they expensive. ;o/ Between that product and the running stroller I want — EEK. ;o/

  2. Hey there! I agree–don’t even bother with the hand pump. Just use the Medela one. You will need it for when you go back to work and it is so easy to use. Yes, it is expensive but you use it every single day so it is worth the money, trust me.

    On the classes, I highly recommend the breastfeeding class. You would think it would come naturally but it doesn’t. You don’t know what to do and neither does your baby and it can make for a tough start. My first two weeks breastfeeding were so incredibly hard but once I figured out how to get Cayden to latch properly, it has been awesome.

    I can’t tell you about the birthing classes because while we signed up for them, I wasn’t able to attend them because I was on bed rest. Didn’t matter for us, though, because I had to have a c-section. LOL I do know from others that the classes are informative so I think it is worth you going to your Mindful Pregnancy classes.

    I can’t believe you are so close! You still look amazing and it is incredible you have only gained 10 lbs. 🙂 I really like the pic from your point of view where your toes are peeking out. Too cute.

    Have an awesome day and looking forward to hearing about your doctor’s appointment!

    • Okay, I just signed onto my registry and deleted the hand pump. I am most likely going to buy the whole Medela breastfeeding kit. My girlfriend said she’d let me borrow hers until she gets preggers, but I was thinking, I might be pumping for a year? Hmm… I’ll discuss w/ her again. It might still work out.

      Okay, I registered for two classes. The first class is Mindful Pregnancy that consists of 3 series of classes at 3 hrs. each. Included is some breathing techniques, what to expect, a tour of hospital, etc. I also registered for a breastfeeding class. So we’re all set to go.

      I can’t believe I am so close either!! It’s crazy. I’ll write an update on my appt. in a minute.

  3. They are so worth the money the Medela really rocks. Having a bad breast pump will drive you to stop nursing.

    We saved so much money even though we did supplement with some formula as I went back to work.

    There a couple different style bags, I have the leatherish bag that was like a messenger bag type- it has a built in cooler and all. You will be carting it around everydqy and it is the most efficient way to go.

    Like I said, the hospital often has them and mine was added to my entire hospital bill so insurance covered it! The lactacion nurses at our hospital were so great. One priceless bit of info they gave me as I stressed about supplementing during the week ws that your body will follow new patterns easily. I could feed the baby 5 times on the weekday- nursing and then supplementing when I was away and then still nurse ONLY 8+ times a day on the weekend and your body will jsut increase it’w supply when it needs to. I was amazed but ti really did work like that for me. Just becasue I did not nurse as much during the week didn’t mean I couldn’t on the weekends.

    • Great news, Deedra. My girlfriend said if no one gets it for me on my registry, I can borrow the one she has and then I can give it back to her when she has a baby — w/c is probably going to be a year after mine, I think. So it will work out perfectly. So wait, did you not breastfeed while you were at work? Like pump and then freeze some? My boss told me that’s what she did when she came back to work.

      I registered for the Breastfeeding class. I figured it will be a good class to take. I’m excited. My boss told me also that it would be good to take because some women get discouraged — and this class helps you with that stuff.

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