You are at 28 Week Pregnancy and welcome to your third trimester! This period is associated with substantial weight gain. You may experience restless leg syndrome around this time. This condition causes an unpleasant ‘creepy-crawly’ sensation in the lower legs and you will have an urge to move your legs whilst relaxing or sleeping. Stretching and massaging your legs may relieve the symptoms. Try to avoid caffeine, as it could worsen the symptoms. Iron is also known to help but only take this supplement as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
As your body gets more and more crowded by your growing 28-week fetus and starts prepping for his or her arrival, you might be noticing some new pregnancy symptoms. These are common at this stage of the game:
- Trouble sleeping As you get closer to your due date, you’ll likely have more and more trouble getting Zzzs (which stinks, because you’re beat!). It could be hormones or nerves or both … causing your inability to snooze.
- Shortness of breath Baby continues to crowd your lungs and diaphragm, making it tougher to catch your breath. Give yourself permission not to push too hard and to take breaks.
- Aches and pains The third trimester can be really uncomfortable due to hormone fluctuations and the toll pregnancy is taking on your body. (especially is you are a 28 weeks pregnant mom with twins.) To deal, do yoga, stretch, swim, walk, and/or get a prenatal massages. Try wearing a maternity support belt if you’re on your feet a lot. It can relieve some of the pressure that’s making you so achy.
- Braxton Hicks contractions These practice contractions might be getting stronger, more noticeable, or more frequent as your body gets ready for labor. Keep an eye out and be sure that the contractions are only occasional. If they’re regular and continue getting closer together, and don’t stop when you switch positions, you could be in preterm labor and should call the OB ASAP.
- Leaky boobs Your breasts may already be producing baby’s first food, a yellowish substance called colostrum. And surprise! Some of it might actually come out before baby does!
Development of Baby
At 28 weeks, baby is the size of an eggplant. Putting on layers of fat, your baby now measures about 14.8 inches (38cm) from head to toe and weighs in around 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram).
Eyelashes have formed on the lids, and she can now blink. This is the time at which your baby’s eyesight is developing.
Baby is starting to develop more fat, so his or her once-wrinkly skin is starting to get smoother. In pretty amazing news, baby’s practicing breathing.
Your 28-week fetus’ lungs are mature enough that if he or she were to be born now, he or she would probably survive.
Billions of neurons are developing in the brain.
From this 28 Week pregnancy, you will start seeing your OB twice per month (or every two weeks). If your pregnancy has been uncomplicated, don’t expect to get a 28-week ultrasound at this appointment. Even though you’d probably love to get a peek inside that 28 weeks pregnant belly, it’s simply not necessary to have more than a couple ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy … unless the doctor has a reason to monitor you extra carefully.
Your OB will probably measure your 28 weeks pregnant belly at your prenatal appointment. This week, fundal height, the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus, should be about 26 to 30 centimeters. Knowing you’re measuring within that normal range is reassurance that baby’s growth is on track and that baby’s in the right position, since a breech or sideways position could affect the measurement.
For women who are 28 weeks pregnant with twins on the other hand, fundal height usually isn’t measured. That’s because it’s harder for doctors to estimate an average for twin pregnancies.
Depending on your personal risk factors, tests may be conducted at this time to rule out HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
If you were tested for gestational diabetes and the test results were high, you may have to have a three-hour glucose tolerance test.
Doctors recommend you start doing kick counts at 28 weeks. You’ll be keeping tabs on how often baby’s moving and whether his or her movements are consistent from day to day. Here’s how you do it: Pick a time of day and set a timer. See how long it takes to get to 10 fetal movements—it should be less than two hours. The next day at the same approximate time, do the same thing. Record the times each day, and you’ll start to find an average range for your baby. It’s great reassurance that he or she’s doing well in there. If anything seems inconsistent, let your doctor know.