Welcome to the third trimester! Moms-to-be who are 28 weeks pregnant are known for their lack of sleep. If you find yourself up in the middle of the night, do something relaxing. This is not the time to vacuum the house from top to bottom – even though you might feel the urge to do that at some point. (It’s called nesting. You’ve probably heard of it.) Instead, read a book or listen to soothing music. Then get back to bed and try to get some rest!
Your baby is as big as a Melon!
Putting on layers of fat, your baby now measures about 14.8 inches and weighs around 990 grams (Almost a kg! Wow!).
Last week, your baby opened his eyes for the first time in four months, and began to see light and shadows. This week, if you shine a bright light against your abdomen, baby may open its eyes and turn away from the light.
Your baby’s brain wave patterns indicate that baby is responding to sounds in the environment, such as sound of your voice, the growl of your stomach when you’re hungry, even noises outside your body. The patterns are also starting to show differences during sleep. These sleep cycles will become clearer and more distinct closer to the due date.
Your 28-week fetus’ lungs are mature enough that if he or she were to be born now, he or she would probably survive. Yay!
Your baby can taste and smell, and the eyes can produce tears. The bones are almost fully developed though still soft. Weight gain is rapid from now on. The brain will increase 400 percent to 500 percent in weight between now and delivery.
Your baby’s main job right now is to put the finishing touches on major organ systems, such as the brain, lungs, and liver. As you can probably tell, baby’s also working on gaining layers of fat. Also, your baby’s sucking and swallowing skills are improving.
Your Pregnant Belly
We recommend you to 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!
If preliminary blood tests showed that you’re Rh negative, you’ll be given a shot of Rh immune globulin this week in case your baby is Rh positive. This will keep your body from producing antibodies to any of your baby’s blood cells that may have crept into your circulation. Your baby will be tested right after birth; if baby is positive, you’ll be given another shot of Rh immune globulin to protect future pregnancies.
As your pregnancy progresses, stretch marks may appear on your abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. Most experts agree that there’s not much you can do to avoid getting stretch marks, but applying cream or oil wouldn’t hurt. Chalk it up to genetics – if your mother got them, you’ll probably get them too. The good news? Stretch marks usually fade away after birth (Thank God!).
Your shifting center of gravity, along with your loosened joints, can make for a lot of bumping into tables and tripping over your own toes. Try and limit the spills by wearing flat shoes and slowing down.
Your Week 28 Checklist!
- Apply cream or lotion to help with itching skin.
- Ditch the heels and stick with flats to help prevent tripping and falling.
- Count fetal kicks (How exciting is it!).
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.