Week twenty-eight is the start of the third trimester—your baby is fourteen and three-fourth inches long and weighs over two pounds. The skin has a less wrinkled appearance and has taken on a more natural flesh color. Now, your baby’s eyes can move from side to side, as well as open and close. The retinas of the eyes have started to mature, and the irises in your baby’s eyes can dilate and contract in response to light. The baby’s eyelashes should also be growing by this week.
Now that you have started your third trimester, and the baby continues to grow bigger, you may experience more discomfort in the next few months. Your uterus is expanding and pushing up even further, which puts pressure on your bladder and spine. You will need to urinate more frequently. If your uterus is pressing down on your bladder, you may need to hold your belly up as you go to the bathroom so that your bladder can empty completely. This will help you to avoid bladder infections.
Hot Topic: Preparing your Pet for the New Baby
If this is your first child, your pet may have a difficult time adjusting to the baby. In many cases, your pet was your “baby” before you became pregnant, so there are some steps you can take to make the transition easier for the pets in your home.
- Gradually decrease the amount time you spend with your pet. This may not sound nice, but when the baby arrives, you will pay much less attention to your pet, so it is better to get her used to it beforehand
- Make sure your pet’s routine health exams and vaccinations are up to date
- If your pet has any behavior problems, address them now. You can ask your vet for suggestions
- If you haven’t already, consider spaying or neutering your pet. Not only will they be calmer, they will have fewer health problems with their reproductive systems
- Start getting your pet used to being handled by a toddler—during playtime gently touch your pet like a baby would (face, ears, tail, etc.), so he will associate this handling with your affection
- Have friends with babies or children visit your home to get your pet used to little ones (always supervise your pet around babies and children)
- Set up an out-of-the-way “quiet” spot with your pet’s bed, food, water, and favorite toys, so your pet will have a place to go if things are too hectic when the baby arrives
- After the baby is born, NEVER leave your pet alone with your baby; even if your pet has always been calm and gentle, there is no way to predict how a pet might react if startled
Fast Fact: Many women are hiring midwives to assist in their labor and deliveries. If you would like information on midwives, or want to find a midwife in your area, here are two organizations to help you: Citizens for Midwifery (888) CFM-4880 and American College of Nurse-Midwives (240) 485-1800.
Q&A: Carole Thorpe, a hypnotherapist, Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis instructor, childbirth doula, and a lactation educator and counselor answers questions regarding labor and delivery.
Q: How does hypnosis help in childbirth? How long will it take someone to learn the hypnosis techniques she will need?
Carole: Hypnosis has been proven to be a powerfully effective way for people who cannot tolerate medical, chemical anesthesia to eliminate pain for major surgery and dental work simply by using the power of their own minds! Hypnosis can do the same thing for a woman during childbirth, but with a major difference in the self-hypnosis techniques taught. In Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis classes, a woman learns to enter a deep state of self-hypnosis. With practice, she learns how to deepen the effects of hypnosis and relaxation. Then automatically, a physiological response we call hypno-anesthesia happens. Hypno-anesthesia is a lessening of sensation, not the entire elimination of sensation. (Click here to read: Hypnosis for Childbirth)
Eating For Two: Lunch
If you would like a vegetarian meal, the turkey can be omitted, and this wrap will still have a great flavor!
Lisa’s Thai-Style Turkey Wrap
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or fish sauce
- 1 cup chopped turkey
- 1/2 cup chopped green and red cabbage
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- Four green onions, sliced thinly
- 3 tablespoons cilantro, cut into small pieces
- One serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
- Two large whole-wheat tortillas or sandwich wraps
- 2 tablespoons peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together lime juice and soy sauce. Add the next five ingredients; stir until mixed. Add peppers for a spicy bite.
2. Divide mixture between each of the tortillas; sprinkle with the peanuts, if desired.
3. Roll the tortillas up as tightly as you can; cut in half, slightly diagonally, and serve.
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