28 Weeks Pregnant - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips - Babylist

28 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

28 Weeks Pregnant

28 Weeks Pregnant
28 Weeks Pregnant

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

Your Baby at 28 Weeks

  • Brain power: We’ve been talking a lot about your baby’s bones and organs, but in the third trimester, brain neuron development explodes. Talk about a smarty pants!
  • 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 😴
  • Switching positions: 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.
  • 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!

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 28

Photo by Tommy’s

Pregnancy Symptoms at 28 Weeks

  • Fatigue: 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.
  • 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. 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 happens 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.

Top Tip for 28 Weeks Pregnant

You will have a lot of OB appointments in the coming months! See if you can always have them at the same time (like Wednesdays at 9), so remembering is a little lighter for your mental load.

You & Your Doc: What to Expect in the Third Trimester

It’s time to get comfy in that waiting room, mama! As you enter the third trimester, you’ll be seeing a lot more of your doctor or midwife. Here are some of the things you can expect:

Third Trimester Appointments

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. At every visit, they will screen your urine sample, take your blood pressure, measure your fundal height and ask about fetal movement (so keep doing those kick counts). This is standard operating procedure. There probably won’t be an ultrasound every time because they aren’t really necessary at this point, unless there’s something specific you doc wants to check.

Third Trimester Tests

Yep, there are more tests! Between 35 weeks pregnant and 37 weeks pregnant of pregnancy, you will be screened for Group B strep, usually with a vaginal swab. This common bacteria is found in 25 percent of healthy women who may or may not experience any symptoms. But it could make the baby sick. So if you’re positive for Group B strep, you’ll be given antibiotics via an IV during labor to prevent your baby from contracting it from you. (If you’re planning a home birth, check with your midwife about being able to have IV antibiotics at home.)

Around week 35 pregnant, your doc also will probably check to see if the baby is heads down (cephalic) or heads up (breech). Before labor and birth, the baby should be heads down, so your doctor may recommend some approaches to “flipping” the baby if they are still heads up in those last few weeks.

You may need a biophysical profile (in-depth ultrasound) and/or a nonstress test (which monitors baby’s heart rate and movement) if you’re at risk for certain complications, if there’s decreased movement or other things your doc wants to double check, or if you go past your due date. No complications or concerns? You probably won’t need these at all.

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’s 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.

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.

Baby Bumps at 28 Weeks Pregnant

Do you think this content is helpful? Let our editors know!

Week 28 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Go to your week 28 prenatal visit.
  • Schedule your week 30 visit while you’re there.
  • 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.
This information is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. We do not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here. Babylist may earn compensation from affiliate links in this content. Learn more about how we write Babylist content.