28 Weeks Pregnant

Week 28 photo
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Fetal development in week 28

You know how you’ve been feeling like a whale with legs?

To state the obvious, that feeling isn't going anywhere until you finally get down to the hard work (aka labor) of evicting your womb-squatter.

For the time being, your little genius is in the fat collection business!

Despite being a bipedal whale, this fetal fat collection stuff is serious business, and you’ve got to put up with it because it’s going to keep your little porker warm and healthy after birth, since their brain will be unable to regulate their tiny baby-body's temperature.

Other good stuff from inside the womb: your little explorer's eyes are doing lots of blinking this week because they’re now responding to light and dark!

And in life-critical physical developments: your champ's tiny industrious bone marrow is now a major construction site for blood cells, while their super-cute adrenal glands are actually producing androgen and estrogen — which will stimulate your body to begin milk production.

Say “Moo”!

And how's mom doing?

If you’ve not yet made up your mind, it's about time to take a deep breath and dive into the name-game.

There are only about a bazillion baby-name books out there (check out Amazon.com) not to mention the plethora of websites with head-spinning lists of name possibilities.

If you're not feeling any of the existing names you've seen, you can always create a new name (you know, like “Thygor”).

Naming your child isn’t always the most obvious process, anyway. Some parents wait to meet their child before they name them! It's still a good idea to have a list of preferred options if you're going to choose this route.

Did You Know?

If you didn’t know yet, some time prior to labor you will lose your mucous plug (this is exactly what it sounds like: a plug made of mucous in your cervix that protects the entrance to your uterus). Women that have had a previous pregnancy tend to dilate earlier thereby losing their mucous plug earlier on… even before real labor sets in.

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Week 28 cartoon

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Shave it for someone who cares

After weeks of obsessively counting down to the arrival of the baby, you have finally reached the third trimester. (At this point, I will assume that you are a first time Mom. Why? If it is your second child, you are doing good to remember that you are, in fact, pregnant. Trust me on this one.)

Now it is time to yell “Woo-hoo! Third trimester!” Once you are finished, look at the calendar and realize that you most likely still have 12 weeks to go. That’s longer than the average new sitcom run. Longer than the time you went out with your first boyfriend.

Now that you’re in the third trimester, you’ll soon realize just how quickly your belly can expand. One of my favorite pastimes during my final trimesters was to ask my husband “Do I look any bigger today?”

That’s like saying “Does this dress make my butt look fat?”Yes, yes you look bigger today! How could you not? You have a baby! In your belly!

It is time to sit down and realize a few things: You are going to get bigger. Just when you thought you couldn’t get any bigger, you will, in fact, get bigger. It happens. You might also get stretch marks (if you haven’t already) in places you could never imagine.

Luckily, there’s a chance that your massive belly will prevent you from fully seeing the stretch marks!

I’ll leave you with this very visual image: Be happy they don’t do the routine “shave” on women about to go into labor anymore. Why? Well, let’s just say that after I had my babies, I was surprised to learn that stretch marks could happen down there, as well.