Good news – you are now in the third trimester! At 28 weeks pregnant, there are exciting developments in store. Your baby can now open and close his/her eyes. When eyes are open, your baby can tell between light and dark. And you know what? He/she also has some eyelashes and can make gestures like winking!
Your Baby at 28 Weeks Pregnant
At 28 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs 2.2 pounds (slightly more than one kilogram) and 14.8 inches long. Your baby will add weight more rapidly in the next weeks as fat is deposited under the skin, bones harden, and muscles increase.
A few weeks ago, your baby started forming blood vessels and blood. At 28 weeks pregnant, your baby’s heart and circulatory system continue to develop as additional blood is pumped into the vessels. Another notable thing is that the heart rate has dropped to about 140 beats per minute. This is approximately twice as fast as your heart.
Your baby’s brain is developing fast as different parts continue specializing. This differentiation has made the senses of sight, hearing and taste to become vivid on week 28. Besides, the brain wave activity is also becoming more vivid and he/she dreams regularly. Yes, dreaming about you!
To make the development coherent, the nervous system is developing as fast as the brain. Starting from week 28 of pregnancy, the nervous system is developed enough so that your baby can now control own temperature.
In this particular week, your baby is likely to change from the head-up to head-down position. This is the right baby birth position. However, if your baby is still in a breech position (head-up), no need to worry. He/she will take the head-down position in the coming weeks.
Your Body at 28 Weeks Pregnant
At 28 weeks pregnant, your body is doing a tough job of providing a home to your baby. As your baby grows at a faster rate, your baby bump will continue growing at an even faster rate. If your fundal height is measured this week, it will be about 28 centimeters. However, the doctor will not measure the fundal height if your baby is in the sideways position.
Right about this time, your baby’s strengthening muscles will make the kicks and punches stronger. Indeed, your doctor might recommend that you start counting the fetal movements. Well, it is not hard.
- Identify a specific period when your baby is active (at most two hours in a day).
- Make note of how often you notice your baby movement (kicks, punches, heartbeats, and hiccups).
- Repeat the same process of counting how many movements you notice every day.
Noting your baby movements gives you the assurance that your bundle of joy is developing well. If you have a pregnancy diary, make sure to capture the fetal movement.
28 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
At 28 weeks pregnant, you are in the seventh month. Only 2 months are remaining to go! The interesting thing about the third trimester is that time rushes so fast. You better finish all preparations for labor, delivery, and post-delivery period equally fast!
28 Weeks Pregnant Ultra Sound
Your wrinkly baby now got some curves! An ultrasound scan this week will reveal your baby is getting smoother as a layer of fat is deposited under the skin. The lungs are also maturing and busy practicing with amniotic fluid. If your baby was to be born at 28 weeks, the chances of surviving would be very high.
An ultrasound scan would reveal that your baby is now fully formed and only a few final touches are remaining. Most organs including eyes, ears, nails, fingers, and hands among others are already in position and proportion. From now, additional developments will take place as your baby practices for life after delivery.
28 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
As your body gets crowded by the growing fetus at 28 weeks pregnant, new symptoms are going to emerge. Here are some of the common symptoms to expect at this stage:
At 28 weeks pregnant, it is not uncommon to get strange dreams. Though the dreams can be entertaining, you are likely to miss getting lovely nights’ sleep. And you know what? This could get worse if your baby decides to become a gymnast with punches and kicks at night. Well, you can counter the dreams with a high-protein diet such as cheese or peanut butter. For the kicks, you should enjoy them knowing that your baby is fine and enjoying every moment.
Pelvic Bone Pain
Starting from a few weeks ago, your body started releasing a hormone known as relaxin. What the hormone does is helping the ligaments and joints especially in the pelvic region to make delivery easy. However, this loosening is likely to come with some pain especially on the pelvic bone. To reduce this pain, it is advisable to do mild exercises such as walking and Kegels. However, you should stay away from heavy lifting!
Shortness of Breath
As your baby bump grows upwards, it pushes against the diaphragm and lungs resulting in shortness of breath. To address this symptom, you need to focus on simple tasks that will not get you so much tired. Besides, you should take a lot of breaks and rest most of the time.
Is that milk dripping on your dress? In addition to ensuring that your baby is adequately housed, your body is also preparing for nourishing the baby after delivery. That is why your boobs have been growing larger month after month. And now, the boobs might start leaking your baby’s first milk referred to as colostrum. Well, get used to this because the leaking milk is likely to continue in the coming weeks. To avoid soiling your clothes, make sure to invest in absorbent breast pads.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
These are practice contractions used by your body to prepare for labor. They should be an indicator that your pregnancy journey is now headed towards the finishing line. However, you should be on the lookout for contractions that are regular and close together because they could be an indication of pre-term labor.
This is one of the symptoms that you probably experienced in the first trimester. However, frequent urination in the first trimester was as a result of increased blood flow. At week 28, frequent urination is caused by pressure exerted on the bladder by the growing baby.
Note: Do not make a mistake of cutting on water and fluids uptake. Make visiting the washroom regularly part of your schedule. After all, it is only temporary. If the bladder is leaking, consider using a pantyliner.
Things to Do at 28 Weeks Pregnant
- Have you started doing Kegel exercises? If not, this is a great time to get down with it. These are exercises that help you gain control over the pelvic muscles. The exercises could come in handy to reduce the pain you experience during labor.
- Talk to your doctor about the right birth control method to use after delivery. You could talk to your doctor about birth control to reduce the chances of falling pregnant a few months after delivery.
- Have you visited your delivery hospital? If not this will be a good time. You will have the opportunity to look at what awaits you on the final day. Go ahead and have a chat with the doctors and midwives about what to anticipate.
- Gather emergency numbers and test them to ensure that you can get help when the need arises. For example, can the emergency service provider be at reach within minutes if you need help? Remember that the emergency services might be needed in case of a complication at home and not just when labor begins.
Here, you might ask why the emergency numbers when I have a car? Well, the good thing with emergency providers such as ambulance services is that the providers are medical experts. Therefore, using their services is safer and more professional compared to simply driving yourself especially in the event of an emergency.
28 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Schedule your week 30 prenatal checkup. Note that from now, you will be going for a checkup every two weeks.
- Count the fetal kicks.
- Do your regular Kegel exercises.
- Check with your insurance company to confirm your medical cover is okay. If there are issues sort them.
- If you have selected a pediatrician, have a chat with him/her.
- Take your regular iron supplements.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 28 Weeks Pregnant
- How do I know that this is actual labor and not false labor?
- What complications should I be on the lookout for in the third trimester?
- Is harvesting stem cells a good idea? How long and where do I store them?
At 28 weeks pregnant, you have bid farewell to the second trimester and entered the final part (third trimester). Now, your baby bump is growing bigger and your body is also preparing for delivery and baby nourishment. Though new symptoms will emerge and you are likely to get more tired, it is time to enjoy every moment because you are about to welcome your bundle of joy.
Take more time resting and enjoy every moment with your partner!
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