A baby, in their 28th week after implantation, begins to develop their brain, while the mother, on the other hand, experiences fatigue.
The baby, this week, will measure 14.8 inches and weigh 2.2 ounces. To put things in perspective, this would be about the size of a ‘kit-kat clock’. Isn’t this exciting!
So what else is happening to the baby in the 28th week of pregnancy?
We have talked about the development of the baby’s bones and organs all along, but with this third-trimester, the brain neuron development explodes!
2. Senses develop
The ears of the baby are making better connections, and they start to understand some of the sounds around them. The eyes, on the other hand, may have started seeing some light shine through the belly.
3. Sleep cycles
They have started dreaming! The rapid eye movement (REM) can be detected in babies at this stage too.
4. Baby position
The baby has started to take more space and will soon settle in a head-down position for labor and birth mostly my week 32–36 of pregnancy while others may take longer.
5. Plumping up
With the weeks getting closer to the due date, the baby puts on body weight.
Here’s what is happening to a mother’s body in the 28th week of pregnancy:
1. Frequent urination
As the baby gets bigger and crowds your bladder, you will find the need to pee all the time.
With the growing baby, they tend to apply pressure on the stomach and the intestines that make heartburn a strong possibility. Try avoiding it by not consuming spicy and greasy foods and foods that would bother you. Along with that, avoid lying down within an hour of eating, and have smaller meals at least five or six mini-meals instead of three big meals.
A ratio of two-thirds of pregnant women experiences back pain that results due to the big changes the baby makes in their posture resulting in the strain on your back. Adding to that, the hormonal changes relax the ligaments that make you less stable while on the move.
The symptoms of sciatica are, the sense of tingling, numbness, or shooting pain through the lower back, butt, and thighs. The symptom gets its weird name from the sciatic nerve that runs through the lower back and branches down the legs. This could be a result of the growing uterus that puts pressure on the nerve. To have relief, try a warm compress, remember to rest, and add pelvic tilts to your Kegels routine that helps strengthen the core.
5. Braxton hicks contractions
They are different compared to the true labor contractions as they are not regular and go away quickly. However, the real deal intensifies frequently and intensely.
6. Restless legs syndrome
16 percent of pregnant women find it difficult to keep their legs still at night that makes them antsy and find it difficult to sleep. Consult your doctor about taking supplements like magnesium, iron, B12, or folate. Also, try stretching and massaging your legs by using a heating pad or a warm bath/ice to relieve the symptoms.
Technically, this couldn’t count as a symptom but is a fact of pregnancy. You will find yourself scheduling two appointments per month/every other week by week–36.
What would your belly look like in the 28th week of pregnancy?
With entering the third trimester, you probably will gain about a pound per week. It might turn into a chance, but following your doctor’s personalized weight gain recommendations can make things easier during this last phase of your pregnancy.
For some brownie points, here is a quick checklist to get your sailing through the 28th week of pregnancy:
- Around the 14th week, life gets more hectic. So, use this final trimester for some extra fun. Like, scheduling a few date nights, planning visits with friends, head to a parlor, grab your favorite coffee for a leisurely latte, etc.
- Consuming red raspberry leaf tea has its benefits and studies have shown it to be helpful as they reduce the length of labor and avoid extra interventions. However, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor if you can assume 100% red raspberry leaf or a blend.
- Pass the time: For most women, pregnancy is like a race to the finish while for others it is quite a drag. Therefore, this is the time to start bingeing a long-running series like Friends or The Office or read something that keeps you busy. All of this helps keep your mind occupied and time to pass by.
- Postpartum prep: Have you considered a night nurse for your help? They are also called postpartum doulas or night nannies who visit your home by the end of the day and care for the baby all night long. This helps you get your beauty sleep. The only downside is that extra help comes at a cost. Always research to compare rates or can add it to your baby registry!
Here are a few pointers for your reference to go through:
- Visit your 28 prenatal visits and schedule your appointments. With the visits ramping up, it is always good to choose a regular time and day that will help you remember your dues.
- Have you decorated the nursery yet? If not, this is the perfect time to do so. Maybe start with the crib or bassinet?
- Keep nursing bras ready for the hospital and postpartum.
- Make plans for a pedicure, prenatal massage, lunch with friends, and date nights before the baby comes and you get super busy.
FAQs :28 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect? Symptoms, Baby Development, and Tips!
1. What is the position of the baby at 28 weeks?
The baby is getting bigger and measures about 25 cm from head to bottom with a weight of about 1 kg. Many babies prefer the breech position during this time, that is, head up and bottom down.
2. How many months am I at week-28?
At week-28, you are approximately 6-months into the pregnancy.
3. How much do I weigh at 28 weeks pregnant?
You can now feel the top of the uterus above your belly button at about 3 ½ inches that are roughly 8.9 cm. You are likely to weigh between 17 and 24 pounds, that is, 7.7 to 10.8 kg.