Mam: Pregnant 28 weeks (Baby 26 weeks)

The uterus is well above the navel, so pretty maternity clothes are a must to make you feel good!

Mother at approximately 28 weeks gestation

The uterus is well above the navel, so pretty maternity clothes are a must to make you feel good! As baby continues to grow, the aches and pains will continue, with some new bothers, such as shortness of breath, insomnia, scattered Braxton-Hicks contractions (hardening and relaxing of the uterus as your body prepares for labour). Trips to the bathroom may increase again between now and birth. [1] Working with nature, taking care of yourself, and keeping your emotional and social needs in order will ensure that discomfort does not overwhelm you.

Soon you will need to think about travel in the last trimester. (Another reason to curl up at home with a book now!)  Airlines restrict travel for pregnant women, usually after 28-32 weeks; check specific requirements, such as a doctor’s note clearing you for flight late in pregnancy.[2]

These days, your baby's kicking (or lack of) is keeping you up at night and worried during the day, your feet are swollen, you're getting tired all over again and your backache is a pain that just won't quit.  As your baby gets settled into a proper position for birth, his or her head (and your enlarging uterus) may rest on the sciatic nerve in the lower part of your spine. And if that happens, you may feel sharp, shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in your buttocks and radiates down the back of your legs — otherwise known as sciatica. The pain of sciatica can be quite intense at times and though it may pass if your baby shifts positions, it can also linger until you've delivered. A heating pad, a warm tub, stretches or just some self-imposed bed rest can help with the discomfort. So can some complementary and alternative therapies. [3]

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