Your baby this week
28 weeks pregnant

Get balanced

During pregnancy, your whole center of gravity changes, which can throw off your balance -- making you more prone to slipping and falling as you step in or out of the shower. A bad fall could possibly even hurt your little one nestled inside or start premature labor.

If your shower or bathtub doesn’t already have a non-slip surface or bath mat, now is the time to make a quick trip to a home or hardware store upgrade your bathroom.

Bath


Helping the littlest

A recent study shows that human breastmilk protects extremely low birth weight infants from developing sepsis -- an overwhelming infection and a leading cause of illness and death in these tiny babies. In fact, the more human milk given as a percentage of nutritional intake, the lower the risk of sepsis during the hospital stay, according to the researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

"Despite all the technological advancements of recent years, outcomes for extremely low birth weight infants haven't improved all that much," says Jareen Meinzen-Derr, MPH, a researcher in the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Cincinnati Children's. "But human milk makes a difference, and there's no reason to believe the benefits wouldn't extend to higher birth weight infants."

Read more here, and check out more of the benefits breastfeeding offers babies.


The real Wiggles

Pregnant woman feeling belly

How active should your baby be at 28 weeks? Baby's movement, aka quickening, is perceived much earlier in subsequent pregnancies, most likely due to experience. For first-time moms, the first movements may be overlooked or explained away by growing pains or a gas bubble. For subsequent pregnancies, quickening can begin as early as 15 or 16 weeks, while with first pregnancies, 19 weeks is the average.

During the second trimester, the baby's movements are more easily detectable. By 28 weeks, daily movement should be expected.

Find out more about how active your baby should be at the various stages of pregnancy.


Survey says...

How well are you maintaining a pregnancy fitness routine?

  • I exercise regularly: 28%
  • I'm trying to keep fit, but it's not easy: 28%
  • Ha ha ha... what fitness routine?: 44%

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"Being a mother is a constantly evolving process of adapting to the needs of your child while also changing and growing as a person in your own right." - Deborah Insel

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