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Even before birth, your baby is establishing a pattern of behavior.

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28 week fetus in uterus The lungs have established a rhythmical patternMany babies now move into a head-down positionIn some women, the pelvic joint is painful at this stage of pregnancyAt 28 weeks the average crown to heel length is 14 inThe hair on your baby's head is growing longer.Eyelashes and eyebrows are growing longer and thicker.

Your baby is beginning to have regular sleep-wake cycles and her breathing, yawning, and swallowing are taking on a more definite pattern. However, your own life may seem less rhythmical. You may find things are slightly different at work and, perhaps, be seeing less of some friends because you don't always feel up to socializing. Don't become isolated, though-if nothing else, stay in touch by phone and email.

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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