Your babys progress - Week 28
Your little womb-tenant will be making her presence well and truly obvious by now, and things are starting to get cramped enough in your belly to become annoying (for you, that is!). Baby is still trying to somersault and wriggle around her watery little home, but she’s getting ready to turn into position for her journey down the birth canal in 12 weeks or so time. In the coming weeks, you may feel a pressure ‘down there’ as your baby drops into the locked-and-loaded pelvis position, where she will launch from on her birthday. Not all babies drop into position at this time, but it could start happening soon.
Baby’s lungs are already capable of breathing air as her vascular system can now handle oxygen and carbon exchange. Her brain stem is also developed enough to regulate rhythmic breathing as well as her basal body temperature! In fact, her brain has gone from having just a few cells at conception to being an organ with100 billion neurons capable of firing off 100 trillion connections.
Some babies might jolt you into feeling tiny rhythmic movements which you can put down to a case of baby hiccups. While it may feel odd, these hiccups don't bother baby, so just relax and enjoy feeling her presence in your belly – there’s only another 12 weeks of pregnancy to go.
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress.
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