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28 Weeks Pregnant: Your and Your Baby’s Body

28 Weeks Pregnant_ Your and Your Baby’s Body

Two semesters down, one to go! 

At 28 weeks pregnant, your baby will be the size of a cantaloupe, weighing about 1 kilogram and measuring 37 centimeters from head to heel.

Here are the highlights of what’s happening with your baby and body during this exciting time.

  • They can now dream and even blink
  • Your baby is getting into position
  • New symptoms like sciatica, skin sensitivities, and leaky breasts will likely start. 

Nonetheless, I have compiled everything you need to know during the 29th week of pregnancy in this article!

How Is My Baby at 28 Weeks?

How Is My Baby at 28 Weeks

Entering the third semester may bring a mix of anticipation and nerves as it marks the start of the final stretch.

Isn’t it amazing how your little one is developing?

They can now blink those precious little eyes and even dream during their REM sleep! Plus, their sleep patterns are becoming more consistent.

In the 28th week, your baby will be approximately as big as a cantaloupe. As a result, you may find it harder to breathe deeply.

They are also preparing for birth and are likely in the head-down position. 

Most babies in a breech position will turn to a head-first position before 36 weeks, so there is no need to worry.

Baby Might Be Dreaming

At 28 weeks pregnant, your baby can dream! 

As their brain develops, it is common for babies to experience periods of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. 

When there’s REM, dreams are likely happening. They may also make small movements with their arms and legs when they dream.

Dreaming is an important part of brain development. It helps your baby process the experiences they have had during the day. 

Your baby can blink and flutter their eyes now.

Getting Into Position

Your baby is in the optimal position for birth, with their head facing down towards your body’s exit. 

They are positioned with heads towards your left thigh and faces towards your buttocks (right occiput anterior). 

Babies may also practice blinking, coughing, intense sucking, hiccupping, and improved breathing. 

Babies can change positions during an ultrasound, even to breech position with their feet or bottom first in the uterus.

If your baby is still in the breech position on your 36th-week prenatal schedule, your doctor will discuss delivery options with you.

How Big Is My Baby at 28 Weeks?

Your uterus continues to grow and get heavier. 

At 28 weeks, your baby is the size of a cantaloupe and puts on layers of fat. They measure approximately 15 inches in length and weigh around 2.2 pounds.

Your partner should learn how to give foot massages now, as your feet will likely be sore from carrying your baby’s weight.

Achy feelings may cause difficulty moving and sleeping, while discomfort becomes more noticeable.

However, these are all normal signs that your baby is developing as they should.

Symptoms You Might Experience

Symptoms You Might Experience

Moms-to-be at 28 weeks and beyond are often sleep-deprived, so indulge in your nightly tea for relaxation.

Additionally, symptoms you’re experiencing at week 28 might have started in the earlier weeks and might continue for the rest of the semester.

These could include:

1. Sciatica

Women who experience sciatica will feel pain radiating down the leg due to sciatic nerve pressure. 

Sciatica during pregnancy can be caused by weight gain, fluid retention, and pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Also, the hormones during pregnancy that relax the joints to prepare for childbirth may cause this. 

Sciatic nerve pain is common during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Good thing a foot cream can help relieve pain.

2. Sensitive Skin

Pregnancy is a wonderful time, but it can bring about some changes to your skin. 

You may notice some dryness, flakiness, or heat rash in your belly, hips, and thighs, but don’t worry. This is normal! 

Hormonal changes can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and detergents, but there are ways to manage this. 

To prevent unnecessary skin irritation, use only pregnancy-safe products

See a healthcare provider if you have persistent rashes or irritation.

3. Heartburn and Indigestion

Heartburn feels like burning in the chest or throat, while indigestion causes bloating and fullness.

To avoid or reduce it, try eating smaller, more frequent meals and avoid spicy or fried foods.

There are also natural ways to alleviate heartburn without resorting to medication. 

These include chewing sugarless gum, consuming almonds, drinking almond milk, or trying papaya.

4. Weight Gain

At 28 weeks pregnant, you can expect to have gained around 17 to 24 pounds (7.7 to 10.8 kg) as your baby grows and your pregnancy progresses. 

It’s essential to understand that pregnancy weight gain is not solely from the baby. 

It also includes the growth of the placenta, amniotic fluid, extra blood, breast tissue, and fat stores—all crucial for a healthy pregnancy.

With this symptom, you may also notice that the top of your uterus is easily felt above your belly button. 

5. Leaky Breasts

During pregnancy, it’s normal for the breasts to begin producing milk weeks or months before your due date. 

It’s not uncommon to experience breast leakage as early as this week. Leaking is normal and part of the preparation for breastfeeding. 

The yellowish fluid, known as colostrum, may leak spontaneously or with nipple stimulation. 

Nursing pads and maternity clothing are highly recommended to avoid any potential leaks.

Tips For Going Through Week 28

Tips For Going Through Week 28

I have compiled a thorough list of tips I have tested and can offer to assist you during your 28th week.

These tips are highly recommended for improving comfort and rest this week and in the weeks ahead

1. Manage Back Pain

Your growing baby and expanding belly may cause additional weight and back pain. To help ease your back pain, consider the following tips:

  • Maintain good posture and take breaks from screens.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Wear comfortable socks and shoes for support.
  • Use pillows for back support.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Do morning walks or light exercises.

2. Count Your Baby’s Kicks

Kick counts can monitor your baby’s health at home. 

Doing this can help you to identify any changes in your baby’s activity level. If your baby’s movements decrease significantly, it could be a sign of a problem.

It can also help you to get to know your baby’s normal activity pattern. 

Kick counts are beneficial for all pregnancies — especially for high-risk ones. 

3. Know Your Rh Status

The Rh factor is a type of protein that is present in red blood cells.

In cases of Rh incompatibility, your immune system may perceive your baby’s blood cells as foreign and attack them. 

This can cause complications during pregnancy. 

To prevent this, you’ll need a shot of RhoGAM in the 28th week of pregnancy to stop your body from developing antibodies against the baby’s blood cells.

4. Increase Your Iron Intake

During the third trimester, babies absorb most of their iron stores. Thus, include iron-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, spinach, and fortified cereals.

Iron is crucial for your baby’s brain and body. A deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, weakness, and other health issues.

Boost iron absorption by pairing foods with vitamin C, such as drinking orange juice.

If your diet is deficient in iron, taking an iron supplement may be suggested by your doctor.

5. Consider a Tdap Vaccine

Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

The vaccine is safe and effective. It can be given as early as the 20th week of pregnancy or as late as the 36th week.

Antibodies from the vaccine pass to babies — protecting them until they can get their vaccine.

The CDC recommends giving babies their first Tdap dose at two months, with two more doses at 4 and 6 months.

Conclusion

During the 28th week of pregnancy, prioritize your health and well-being as your baby grows and develops. 

While some symptoms may be new, others may have been ongoing. The key focus is to know your RH status, check iron levels, and secure the Tdap vaccine. 

Trust your instincts and promptly consult your doctor if anything seems unusual. 

Your health and your baby’s are paramount, so ensure you’re proactive in caring for both.

Nayna Llenos
Nayna Llenos

Hi, I’m Nayna!
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, and I’m lucky and blessed to have two wonderful children to care for and love.
Despite this blessing, there are times wherein I do wonder if I truly am the mother my children need. Am I giving them the right food, care, and discipline to them?
But that is the beauty of parenting — you grow along with your children as they flourish to be their wonderful selves!
I wish to share my experiences with motherhood and how these tips can help you in your parenting journey.
I hope my advices and experiences will prove useful to you and that you have a smooth and wonderful journey as a mother!