At 28 weeks pregnant, you’ve just reached a huge milestone. You are now entering the third trimester of the pregnancy, which means that the “honeymoon phase” is over. You could start experiencing new symptoms now, and your body will change at a faster right as it prepares to give birth.
You probably have a lot of questions about week 28 of the pregnancy. What’s different about the third trimester? How big is my baby? What should my belly look like? All of these questions are answered in this article.
28 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms
Now that the easy second trimester has come to an end, you may notice some pregnancy symptoms picking up intensity again. The most common pregnancy symptoms at week 28 are:
- Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD)
A common sign of pregnancy at week 28, and throughout the entire duration of the third trimester, is symphysis pubic dysfunction. This is a result of your pelvic muscles relaxing and can cause discomfort in the pelvic region.
- Nasal Congestion
One side-effect of increased the increased blood flow at 28 weeks pregnant is an increase in bodily fluids. This can lead to more mucus being produced, leaving you with a stuffy nose. The swelling of the mucous membranes, or rhinitis, is common amongst pregnant women and affects up to around 20 to 40 per cent of mothers-to-be.
- Lack of Sleep
As your baby grows bigger with each passing day, so does your likelihood of having a good night of sleep. The increased pressure on the spine and baby movements, among other things, can lead to lead to some restless nights and, in severe cases, insomnia. If you are worried that you are not getting sufficient sleep, it is important to seek out medical advice, as rest is essential for the development of your baby.
- Skin Discoloration
In the second half of the gestation period, many women notice the sudden appearance of a dark line across their abdomen, often referred to as the linea nigra. This dark line is a result of hyperpigmentation of the skin caused by pregnancy hormones, and they are usually completely harmless. In certain scenarios, skin discoloration can also occur around the face, too.
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
A lack of iron and folic acid during pregnancy can lead to a condition called restless leg syndrome. This is an uncontrollable urge to move your legs and can happen at any time of day. Typically, though, it occurs during the evening or throughout the night, and the best way to ease the discomfort is to move your leg until the sensation passes.
Your Body at Week 28
You may have a prenatal appointment this week, meaning your medical practitioner will measure your 28 weeks pregnant belly and provide information about the development of your baby. At this stage, the fundal height is normally within the range of 25 to 35 centimetres. The fundal height is the distance between the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone.
It’s also likely that you’ve put on between 20 to 30 pounds by week 28 of the pregnancy, and this will be showing around your waist. It is good time to invest in some looser fitting clothes, if you haven’t done so already, as your waist will continue expand from now until the day of the birth.
The changes in your body will not only be around your abdominal region, though, and if you’re feeling a little discombobulated and forgetful, don’t worry, this is normal. After 28 weeks of pregnancy, your hormones can start to have an effect on your cognitive functioning, leaving you confused at times.
Baby Size at Week 28
As you enter the third trimester, be prepared for some rapid growth in the size of the fetus. At 28 weeks, it is now the same size as an eggplant. Your baby will weigh around 1 to 1.2 kg, and will measure between 40 and 45 cm. With only 12 weeks to go, the finishing line is in sight for both you and your baby, and he or she will undergo significant changes in preparation for that first day in the outside world.
Your 28-weeks-old fetus continues to make progress with the development of their eyes, and now they are beginning to experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. They will also be able to make certain faces as they strengthen their facial muscles.
Week 28 Pregnant Ultrasound
From the beginning of the third trimester, you will start to see your obstetrician every 2 weeks for regular check ups and progress reports. These meetings are very useful for detecting abnormalities and for giving parents peace of mind at the development of their baby.
An ultrasound is not normal at this stage and will only be scheduled if the obstetrician notices any abnormalities or discrepancies in the pregnancy.
How does your stomach feel at 28 weeks pregnant?
At 28 weeks pregnant, you may feel symptoms as harshly as in the first weeks of pregnancy, meaning that you might be nauseated, bloated, and gassy.
What to expect at 28 weeks pregnant?
You are at the beginning of the third trimester now, so you can expect rapid changes to both your body and the size of your baby. You may also experience pregnancy symptoms from week 28 onwards.
How do you feel at 28 weeks pregnant?
It is likely that you will the effects of “pregnancy brain”, leaving you confused and befuddled as the hormones take their toll on your body.
What does your stomach look like at 28 weeks pregnant?
You will almost certainly have a baby bump at 28 weeks pregnant, and you will also likely be showing visible weight gain around your stomach region.
Tips for Week 28 of Pregnancy
- Get Sufficient Iron Intake
During the third trimester, your baby will absorb the majority of its iron stores. It is, therefore, a good idea to eat iron rich foods such as spinach, beans, and tofu.
- Take Naps
Resting throughout the door might be necessary at this stage to account for some of the sleepless nights that many pregnant women experience.
- Light Exercise
Whenever your body allows, you should take advantage of any energy spurts by doing some light exercise. It can lift your mood and keep your body strong for what’s to come in the coming weeks.