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28 Weeks Pregnant
June 7, 2022

28 Weeks Pregnant

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28 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 28 Weeks?

Your baby is 14.8 inches long and weighs 2.2 pounds this week. That’s about the size of a Kit-Cat Klock.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 28 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 28 Weeks

The third trimester is here! And with it comes a lot of big development, like the brain and senses. See what’s happening with your baby this week.

  • Brain power: We’ve been talking a lot about your baby’s bones and organs, but in the third trimester, brain neuron development explodes!
  • Senses develop: Your baby’s ears are making better connections, and they’re understanding some of the sounds around them. Their eyes now may even be able to see some light shining through your belly.
  • Sleep cycles: Your baby’s sleep cycles now include dreaming. Yep, rapid eye movement (REM) can be detected in babies by this stage. Maybe they’re dreaming about swaddles 😴
  • Baby position at 28 weeks: Your baby is starting to take up more and more space, and will soon settle into a head-down position (or cephalic presentation) for labor and birth. Most babies are fully head-down between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. But others may take a little longer, need some coaxing by your healthcare provider to get there or never end up head-down, in which case, a c-section is likely.
  • Plumping up: As your baby puts on many finishing touches for their entrance into the world, they’re also putting on more body fat.

💛 Congratulations 💛

You made it to the third trimester!

28 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound


Your Body: 28 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Now that you’re in the third trimester, you’re about to lose some of your previous energy. It’s no wonder, since your baby is getting bigger, and it can be tough to get comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep. Here’s what else you may be experiencing this week.

  • Frequent urination: The need to pee all the time may return now that baby’s big enough to crowd your bladder.
  • Heartburn: Your growing baby is also putting pressure on your stomach and intestines, making heartburn a strong possibility. Try to prevent it by avoiding spicy and greasy foods, and other foods you notice bother you. Also avoid lying down within an hour of eating, and try to eat smaller meals more often—five or six mini meals, instead of three big meals, for example.
  • Backache: Over two thirds of pregnant women experience back pain, and with good reason: a bigger baby changes your posture and strains your spine. Not to mention the fact that hormonal changes are relaxing your ligaments, which can make you less stable while on the move.
  • Sciatica: Even worse than run-of-the-mill back pain? Feeling tingling, numbness or shooting pain through your lower back, butt and thighs. These are symptoms of sciatica—it gets its weird name from the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back and branches down both legs. It can happen during pregnancy because the growing uterus puts pressure on the nerve—and bloating, weight gain and posture changes don’t help either. Try a warm compress wherever you feel pain, remember to rest and add pelvic tilts to your Kegels routine to help strengthen your core.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions: Look out for sporadic tightening of your belly as your bod preps for labor and birth. Braxton Hicks contractions are different from true labor contractions because they’re not regular and go away fairly quickly. The real deal would intensify in frequency, coming more and more often and more intensely.
  • Restless legs syndrome: About 16 percent of pregnant women simply can’t keep their legs still at night. RLS can make you antsy and really mess with your ability to get sleep. Talk to your doctor about taking a supplement if you have RLS—magnesium, iron, B12 or folate could help. Stretch and massage your legs, using a heating pad or warm bath or try ice to relieve symptoms.
  • More appointments: OK, so this technically isn’t a symptom, but it is a fact of pregnancy at this stage: In the third trimester, your OB or midwife is going to become your new best friend (if they aren’t already). At 28 weeks, you’ll have two appointments per month (every other week), and by 36 weeks pregnant, you’ll be going weekly.

Fun Fact

Only 4% of babies are born on their predicted due date. But about 90% are born within two weeks before or after—which means baby’s birthday is narrowed down to about a full month.

Your Life at 28 Weeks Pregnant

Once you hit the third trimester, the final countdown is on. Give your growing belly a rub and check out these tips for the start of month 7.

  • Top tip: Sometime in the next 14 weeks, life is about to get a lot more hectic. Use your final trimester to sneak in some extra fun. Schedule a few date nights, plan some visits with friends, get your nails done and head to your favorite coffee shop for a leisurely latte as often as you can.
  • Helpful hint: The purported benefits of red raspberry leaf tea are many, but studies have shown that the herb can actually help reduce the length of labor and help birthing moms avoid extra interventions. Check with your healthcare provider, then start with a cup a day of 100% red raspberry leaf rather than a blend. FYI: The tea doesn’t actually taste like raspberries—sorry!—but you won’t have to hold your nose to get it down.
  • Pass the time: For some women, pregnancy is a race to the finish line. For others, the weeks can really drag. If you fall into the latter camp, now’s a great time to start binging a long-running series. Try Friends or The Office for laughs, and Scandal or The Sopranos for drama and suspense. For feel-good vibes, you can’t go wrong with The Great British Baking Show. Don’t worry if you’ve already seen it before; what matters is it keeps your mind occupied and the hours flying by.
  • Postpartum prep: Consider a night nurse to help in those first few weeks. These experienced individuals, also called postpartum doulas or night nannies, come to your home at the end of the day and care for your baby all night long, so you can, you know, sleep like a baby. If you’re nursing, they’ll wake you for a feeding, but afterward, the baby goes straight back into their care. Some night nurses even do your laundry and wash your dishes. The downside is that this extra help comes at a cost. Do your research to compare rates—and remember, even one night a week can make a noticeable difference. You could also add it your baby registry—it could make a great baby shower group gift.

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Your 28 Weeks Pregnant Belly

As you enter your third trimester, you’re probably continuing to gain about a pound per week. We know it can be hard but staying within your doctor’s personalized weight gain recommendations can make things a whole lot easier on you during this last phase of pregnancy.

Fundal height—the distance from the top of the uterus to the pubic bone—should be about 26 to 30 centimeters at 28 weeks pregnant.

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28 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Go to your 28 week prenatal visit, and if you can, schedule your remaining appointments while you’re there. As the number of visits ramp up, choosing a regular time and day will help you remember when you’re due back.
  • Decorate the nursery. Now’s the time to check off all the major needs from the list. Finishing touches can come later, but you should have a safe crib or bassinet.
  • Shop for a few nursing bras for the hospital and postpartum.
  • Make plans! Schedule a third trimester pedicure, prenatal massage, lunch with friends and a few date nights before the baby comes and you’re super busy.
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