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Priya K + Follow 05 Mar 2017
Week 28&29 Pregnancy

GROWTH OF THE BABY:The baby is now almost 15 inches in size and weighs a little less than 3 pounds. Those dreamy eyes that would dote on you all day have now developed eyelashes. It is possible that the light can be seen as it filters inside the womb. The most rapid developments is witnessed in the brain though as it produces more nerves and tissues.


CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:The baby kind of understands that the days in cocoon are nearing their end. So your little one will begin to shift its position. The head would move towards the cervix. Basically, it would take an upside down position. This might cause you more discomfort, as it would levy additional pressure on your bladder. Your lower abdomen would feel heavier. You might continue to experience severe leg cramps, backaches, insomnia and constipation.

IN FOCUS: RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME

Statistics suggest that 12-20% of pregnant women are affected by this disorder.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move one's legs.There is often an unpleasant feeling in the legs that improves somewhat with moving them. Occasionally the arms may also be affected. The feelings generally happen when at rest and therefore can make it hard to sleep. Due to the disturbance in sleep people with RLS may have daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood. Additionally, many have limb twitching during sleep.
If you develop RLS during pregnancy, your symptoms might disappear post pregnancy.

A number of lifestyle changes may be enough to ease the symptoms of RLS. These include:

  • Avoiding stimulants in the evening – such as caffeine, tobacco and alcohol
  • Regular exercise
  • Good sleep habits – for example: going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, not napping during the day, taking time to relax before going to bed, and avoiding caffeine close to bedtime

During an episode of restless legs syndrome, the following measures may help relieve your symptoms:

  • Massaging your legs
  • Warm water shower in the evening
  • Applying a hot or cold compress to your leg muscles
  • Indulging in activities that distract your mind, such as reading or watching television
  • Yoga, meditation

INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Dietician
Growth Scan 1, Gynecology Consult

PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:Cramps are experienced probably because of the additional weight that your legs tag along all day. Consider taking a prenatal massage. Or you may try roping in your spouse for a relaxing foot rub. Consult your doctor and do some stretching to ease out those nasty cramps. Try out relaxation techniques like soothing music or chamomile tea before bed to give you a peaceful sleep. It is about time you start considering which kind of delivery you would prefer. Consider weighing the pros and cons of c-section and vaginal delivery to understand them better. Discuss at length with your healthcare provider and choose your way.

Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.

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