Pregnancy Week 28

It is now 27 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 25 weeks gestation and is almost 9 1/2 inches long from crown to rump (12 1/2 inches from head to toe).

Have someone listen to your belly! Your baby’s heart beat may be detectable against the side where your baby’s back (a firm ridge) can be felt.

Advice for Mom

Remember, this is not the time to diet or cut down on fluid intake. Continue eating balanced meals and drinking 8 glasses of water each day.

Be aware of preterm labor symptoms: menstrual-like cramps if more than 5 per hour, “come and go” low backache, sudden change in vaginal discharge, or leaking of fluid. If in doubt, check with your doctor.

Birth plans are becoming more and more popular. A birth plan may deal with a wide variety of topics depending on the patients, the practitioner, and the hospital involved.

Some women experience leaking of urine during pregnancy. Do kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pubic floor.

Home or hospital birth? Doctor or midwife? There are so many choices — and it seems everyone will give you their opinion on what they think is best! But you are the only one who can decide what is right for you and your baby.

What do you think?