Changes for Mom and Baby, 25 - 28 Weeks

If you could see the baby floating in that warm, watery world, you might see a tiny thumb, complete with thumbnail, tucked inside a so-small mouth.

Baby

Your baby is beginning to develop a layer of fat beneath the skin. Hair continues to grow and the baby's eyes (which now have eyelashes) are able to open. The lungs are continuing to mature. The baby's sucking is well developed.

By 28 weeks, your baby is about 14½ inches long and weighs about 2 pounds, 14 ounces. A layer of fat is being deposited beneath the skin, making it less translucent and the baby's form more rounded. Eyes now open and close, hair is growing further and lungs are continuing to mature. Your baby's sucking reflex is well developed, and if you could see the baby floating in that warm, watery world, you might see a tiny thumb, complete with thumbnail, tucked inside a so-small mouth.

Mother

You may notice reddish streaks, or stretch marks, on the skin of your abdomen, breasts or thighs due to hormonal changes and actual tension on the skin (striae). You may develop mild to moderate swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet as well as swelling of the veins in your legs (varicose veins) as a result of your uterus pressing on large blood vessels. Enlarged veins in your rectum (hemorrhoids) can also occur.

You are now entering the third trimester and final phase of your pregnancy. By this time, your baby is completely formed, his/her major internal systems are maturing, and "final touches", eyelashes, fingernails, and hair, are in place. You're seeing more changes, as well.

A few weeks ago you could feel the baby moving inside of you, now you can also see this activity. But that's not the only sign your pregnancy is progressing.

You may notice reddish streaks or stretch marks (also call striae) on the skin of your abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks, or thighs. These are caused by hormonal changes and actual tension on the skin. Striae fade to a silvery white color after delivery or may not completely disappear.

Your expanding uterus may be creating other discomforts, too, including edema (swelling) of you legs, ankles and feet, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Reprinted with permission from Her Healthcare.