pregnancy week 28

Your baby’s eyes are beginning to open this week and if she touches her eyes with her fingers, her immediate reflex is to blink. The first meconium stool (your baby’s first black poo) is being formed in the intestines ready to come out sometime after birth.

If your baby were to be born now she would have a 95 per cent chance of surviving with medical aid. If you are having a boy his testes are descending from his abdomen to his groin about now.

You may experience pressure on your bladder this week, as your uterus grows bigger and impacts on everything that surrounds it. Just like in your first trimester, you may need to have midnight dashes to the toilet again.

Don’t worry if you've found yourself becoming more and more forgetful during pregnancy – although pregnancy affects women physically, it also affects you mentally too, so while your pregnancy forgetfulness might be frustrating, it’s perfectly normal. This forgetfulness is often referred to as 'pregnancy brain'.

The emotional side of pregnancy plays a part in your forgetfulness. Many women report their symptoms are worse during the first and third trimesters, and if you think about it that makes sense. In the first trimester you’ll be overwhelmed by starting on this incredible journey and exhausted by the changes your body is going through. In the final trimester you may not be sleeping well, and may be worried about the birth, your baby’s health, and the changes you are about to experience.

Find out what to expect in week 29, read on...

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