Week 28: Pregnancy Week by Week

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Week 28: How to choose the right diapers


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She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to the children, who ate with avidity. “She hath kept none for herself,” grumbled the Sergeant. “Because she is not hungry,” said a soldier. “Because she is a mother,” said the Sergeant.

-Victor Hugo, Les Misérable


What’s Happening in Your Body?

Stretch marks may begin to appear on your abdomen, and possibly on your breasts. Although these will not completely disappear after your baby is born, they will fade with time. Your checkups may increase to once every two weeks at this point in your pregnancy.

What’s Happening with Your Baby?

Your baby is now beginning to respond to sound more and more frequently. His heartbeat will change when he hears loud noises or the sound of a familiar voice.

Diaper Choices

Back in the early 1990s, when environmental awareness was at a peak, many states were considering taxing the sale of disposable diapers, or perhaps banning them altogether.

The use of disposable diapers is now so prevalent that many parts of the country no longer have diaper services. What happened during this time that caused such a remarkable shift in thinking?

Learn more about the benefits of considering cloth diapers for your baby.

Nourish Yourself

Baked Ginger Orange Tofu is a good way to get some extra protein in your system for more energy. The ginger in this dish aids in digestion, if used fresh.

Body Wise

Get moving! Exercise, especially walking and swimming, stimulates circulation, strengthens your body during late pregnancy, and can help regulate your precious sleep. If you haven’t incorporated walking or swimming into your pregnant life yet, it’s not too late. Walking is a great exercise for the last trimester, and even during early labor.

Choose a beautiful place for your walk-a park or natural setting near your home or office. Make a ritual out of your walk-consider it a time to be with yourself during these last few months before the baby joins you.

Start with a small goal. Go to this special place once a week for 30 minutes, then increase to two or three times a week for 45 minutes each. Perhaps you can walk for an hour once each week. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and take your time.

Amble. Stroll. Once you get in the habit of walking, it will become easy to find the time.

Natural Soothers

Talcum powder can be irritating to a baby’s respiratory system. Learn how to make your own powder out of a combination of natural ingredients that can be found at your local health food store.


Higher Ground

Celebrate the Woman Pregnant

A woman pregnant,

I long to be seen

belly protruding,

life invisibly visible

churning inside

I want to be seen

honored, revered,

Exalted

not as my person,

but as the Miracle itself

of life begetting life

of human birth

Celebrate the woman

pregnant

don’t set her aside

nor cast her off as disabled,

or ever less woman;

Revel with her

feeling her firmness

knowing her softness

Carve her rare beauty

in smooth white marble

Look upon her.

Celebrate the woman pregnant

Hers is to know

the creative moment

of Life incarnating

By Ani Tuzman
 

 

Image by Durga Yael Bernhard

 

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