Pregnancy
28 weeks and 5 days pregnant

Although many babies look similar on 3D ultrasound, particularly strong features, such as the ears, lips, or nose, may be distinctive. From now on these features will become more and more individualized and recognizable.

Breastfeeding may be natural but it can be tricky to get started, so try to attend a class or two now while you have the time.

There is a lot of pressure on women to breastfeed: breastfeeding has health benefits for both you and your baby and it helps with bonding. People may already be asking you whether you intend to breastfeed or not, and it’s reasonable that you don’t yet know the answer. After all, you haven’t tried!

Most women want to try breast-feeding, but some feel uncomfortable with the thought of doing it, especially in public. You should be able to find breastfeeding support in your local area; there will a counsellor in the hospital and your local NCT will know of support groups. In some areas you can attend classes during pregnancy, which will explain the benefits of breastfeeding and aspects such as positioning the baby so that you’re both comfortable and the baby is latched on.

The expectation of breastfeeding is that, because it’s natural, it’s easy. The reality is that until you get the hang of it, it can be a little more difficult. Ask your midwife to show you how to position the baby. Most importantly, keep an open mind and try it. Once breastfeeding is established, it’s beneficial to your baby’s health, great for your figure, and a wonderful way to be close to your baby.

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Talk to pregnant friends about breastfeeding now, and you can support each other once you start feeding your babies. Also get your partner involved: research shows that partners who are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding are more likely to be supportive.

Some pregnant women experience some leakage of breast milk, perhaps when their breasts are massaged or sexually stimulated, and sometimes for no apparent reason. Some discharge in pregnancy does mean that things are working properly, but women who don’t experience this symptom are perfectly able to produce and provide milk for their baby.

Naturally cultured and fermented foods – such as some yogurts, vegetable pickles, sauerkraut, and miso (a Japanese paste, often used in soups) – contain enzymes and bacteria that help your body to digest food, and build up friendly bacteria in the intestines. If your digestion is sluggish and you’re finding constipation a problem, try increasing the amounts that you eat of these foods.

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