I am 7 months pregnant today and overall feeling pretty great! Other than the normal woes of pregnancy, which include (but are not limited to) the sore back and inability to bend over to pick anything up. My three year old son is a tornado of a little boy and it’s getting really tough keeping up with his messes, so I have resulted to crawling around when it comes to clean up. The weather this week calls for 80s the entire week and I am so looking forward to living out the remainder of my pregnancy in sundresses. I just realized, the other day, that this is my third pregnancy during the summer. I would have to say that this really isn’t as horrible as it sounds. Because of the heat, I am fortunate enough to not have to worry about maternity clothes and just wear dresses all summer long. Last week I purchased some yoga shorts and large stretchy tank tops that will be perfect, again… being pregnant in the summer isn’t so bad! I can not believe in a few short months I will be holding my baby girl in my arms! I am still not sure how ready I am… emotionally! My son is a mama’s boy and adored snuggling me all of the time. Once the baby is here that means he is officially no longer the baby and I am not sure how he is going to handle that. He is very excited for his baby sister, but I don’t believe he is quite ready to share me. I remember going through these same emotions when he was born and everything worked out just fine with my oldest daughter!
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Your Baby in Week 28 of Pregnancy
Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth, with his head facing downward (toward your body’s nearest exit!). Your little work in progress is now about 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long. He’s busy adding new skills such as blinking to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths. Your baby’s sleep now includes the REM (rapid eye movement) phase — and that means he could be dreaming already (what do you suppose he’s dreaming about?).
Your Body in Week 28 of Pregnancy
While it’s good news that your baby is settling into the right position for childbirth (since you’re now entering the third trimester), the potentially painful news is his head — plus the weight of your uterus — may now be sitting on your sciatic nerve, which runs through the lower part of your back, buttocks, and legs. This common condition (called sciatica) can cause sharp, shooting pain and/or tingling or numbness, starting in your rear end and radiating down the backs of your legs. The best thing to do for sciatica (and the rest of your week 28 aches and woes)? Take it easy — and hope your baby changes position sooner rather than later.