28 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
28 WEEKS PREGNANT
Welcome to the final stretch of your pregnancy – the third trimester! The third trimester seemed so far away when you first found out you were pregnant, but it’s come along pretty fast, hasn’t it? At 28 weeks pregnant, you are just starting your 7th month of pregnancy. From here on out, you’re going to find sleep harder to come by even though you’re going to be so tired and exhausted. The lack of being able to sleep will have more to do with being uncomfortable, thanks to your large belly, than anything else. If you find yourself starting to snooze in the middle of the afternoon while watching TV, don’t fight it! Take all the opportunities you can to catch some z’s and don’t let yourself feel a bit of guilt about taking frequent naps!
Your baby at 28 weeks pregnant is the size of an eggplant. He weighs about 2.2 pounds and measures around 14.8 inches long.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 28
For the last month or so, the pregnancy symptoms you’ve been dealing with have stayed pretty consistent. However, at 28 weeks pregnant, that’s about to change. You’re going to begin dealing with a whole new slew of pregnancy symptoms – from now until the day you give birth. That’s exciting news, right? Okay, so maybe it’s not exciting, but if you know what to expect ahead of time, then it won’t be so shocking when one of these symptoms you haven’t had yet makes its grand appearance.
- Shortness of breath. As your baby continues to grow larger, less space is available for the baby to move around in, which means your lungs and your diaphragm are getting more crowded by the day, making it harder to breathe easy. Try not to do activities that will overexert you and take plenty of rest breaks to catch your breath.
- Difficulty sleeping. Not only does your growing belly make it hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in, but your hormones are going haywire and your nerves might be a bit rattled as the end of your pregnancy draws near. Whatever it is causing you to have difficulty sleeping, it’s just par for the course at this stage in your pregnancy.
- Braxton Hicks contractions. Here’s a symptom you’ve probably been experiencing for a few weeks now. These are what are often called “practice contractions” and aren’t anything to be concerned about. Your uterus is just warming up and getting ready for the real contractions on the big day.
- Leaky boobs. You might notice, especially when waking up first thing in the morning, that you have wet spots on your shirt perfectly centered over your nipples. This is completely normal, though not every pregnant woman will experience leaking boobs until after birth. Your boobs are leaking colostrum, which is the first bit of nourishment your baby will receive from you if you breastfeed.
- Aches and pains. Because of all the drastic changes your body has been through during your pregnancy, it’s only natural that you’re going to have some aches and pains to go along with all those changes. You can do things like get a massage, do some yoga, stretch often, take short walks, go for a swim, or just lie down and relax to relieve some of those aches and pains!
28 WEEK BABY BUMP
At 28 weeks pregnant, the fundal height (the distance between your pubic bone and the top of your uterus) of your belly should be measuring between 26 and 30 centimeters. This measurement only applies if you have one baby growing in there. If you’re pregnant with multiples, the fundal height isn’t usually measured as there are too many babies in there to get an accurate measurement!
This is the week you should begin doing kick counts to keep track of your baby’s movements to make sure they’re consistent from one day to the next. To do kick counts, you’ll want to pick a time of the day when you’re not busy doing other things and see how long it takes to count 10 movements or kicks. The goal is to get to 10 within 2 hours. Do this each day around the same time and keep a record of how long it takes to reach 10 kicks or movements. This is a great way to know if your baby is doing okay in there. If you begin noticing that it takes longer to reach 10 than usual, this could be a sign that something isn’t right, and you should contact your doctor.
28 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
Now that you’re 28 weeks pregnant, your baby can blink! Baby’s eyesight is already developed enough that when he’s born, he’ll be able to see things up close, such as your face while you’re feeding him.
The baby’s heartbeat is so strong at this point that if your partner placed his ear to your belly, he’d probably be able to hear the baby’s heart beating. The heartbeat can also be picked up by the doctor’s stethoscope now, too!
Usually at 28 weeks pregnant, you will begin seeing your OB every two weeks instead of just once a month. When you reach 36 weeks, your appointments will change to every week until your baby is born. This is so your doctor can more closely monitor your baby and your pregnancy in case a complication such as preeclampsia were to occur.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 28 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Aside from getting as much rest as you can and finishing up the baby’s nursery, there are a couple other things you can do at 28 weeks pregnant to prepare for your baby’s arrival.
- Pick a pediatrician. If you haven’t already, you should focus on choosing a pediatrician for the baby. You’ll need to give the hospital the name of the pediatrician when the baby’s born, so this is one of those things that you need to do before baby gets here!
- Plan for your maternity leave. If you’re a working mom-to-be, you’ll need to inform your workplace of the dates you intend to be out on maternity leave. There will likely be some forms you have to fill out, so don’t wait to get this done.
- Sam C's Editorial Team