Pregnancy Skin Health
Welcome to the first week of your third and final trimester.
Although you're definitely looking pregnant by now, you're not
quite at that stage of feeling so big you're getting clumsy. You
can still navigate your way comfortably around and not feel as if
all you want to do is to lie down. Although by the end of the day
your ankles and feet may be getting a bit swollen, by the next
morning they should be back to their normal size.
This may be the time you need to branch out into some proper
maternity clothes. Going for larger sizes with stretchy waistbands
may have worked until now, but by 28 weeks you'll probably need
some clothes which are designed and cut with a pregnant belly in
If you're one of the unlucky ones who experience nausea
throughout their pregnancy, you may find some relief in your third
trimester. By now, you've experimented with different foods to see
what you can tolerate and what's unbearable, but even cooking
smells and just the thought of some foods may still turn you
Some pregnant women develop a complication with extreme nausea
and vomiting, called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Hospitalisation and
rehydration with intravenous fluids can become necessary in women
who are simply unable to keep any fluids down. Fortunately, this is
not a common condition and medical treatment is effective. Women
who have experienced this level of unrelenting nausea say that
there is almost instantaneous relief of their symptoms at the
moment of their baby's birth.
Think about investing in a comfortable chair if you don't have
one. You will be spending an increasing amount of time sitting
before you have the baby and after it is born. Feeding a newborn
consumes hours of every day, so does cuddling, gazing and staring
at their little face. A chair which isn't too hard to get up and
out of is essential. Look for one with well positioned arm rests,
good lumbar support and which doesn't push into the back of your
knees. A footstool is an added bonus and you'll find this
increasingly useful as your pregnancy proceeds.
Your baby is growing up a storm in your 28th week. Putting on
weight and filling out beautifully. All those extra kilojoules it
needs to fuel its growth will start at your mouth with the foods
you are eating. There's been an enormous amount of research in the
field of pre-natal, maternal influences on children long-term. One
of the most influential factors within your control is your diet
and the quality of the foods you eat whilst you are pregnant. It
has also been proven that ceasing cigarette smoking and illicit
drugs, avoiding alcohol, and generally living in a safe, clean
community are other primary factors in determining a positive
outcome for children as well. What this means is how you look after
yourself when you are pregnant will affect your baby in a major
way, as it grows into adulthood.
Week 29 next.